The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Administrative Office Professional degree prepares the student for entry into administrative office positions leading to increasing levels of managerial responsibilities. These positions have titles such as: Administrative assistant, secretary, office assistant, and support specialist.    

The program provides a strong foundation of office and technology skills as well as coursework in business communications, business theory, interpersonal relations, and business law. Program emphasis is placed on preparing the student to perform complex tasks including the integration of workplace skills that emphasize communication, teamwork, project management, and problem-solving.

This degree is a statewide program that provides connected instruction and pathways for completion between participating Oregon community colleges. Students may start at Southwestern, but complete and transfer credits to any of the participating colleges. Consult an advisor for complete information. 

Students may choose to enter the program by completing one of four certificates within the Career Pathway. To see how this program links to others in the Pathway click here.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 91 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Administrative Office Professional degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply winter).

Note: There are four (4) separate paths to an AAS Administrative Office Professional degree.

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information.  See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics2
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
OA121Beginning Keyboarding3
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CIS125W Word Processing Applications 3
OA124 Keyboard Skill Building 3
OA220 Electronic Calculators 1
Small Business Accounting
or Principles of Accounting II
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA288 Customer Service 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 1 4
OA240 Filing and Records Management 3
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA217 Accounting Process 3
CIS135W Advanced Word Processing 3
OA116 Office Procedures 3
English Composition 2
or English Composition w/Honors
Second Year
BA230 Business Law 4
BA284 Job Readiness 1
OA205 Proofreading and Editing 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 3 3
Specific Electives 4 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems 4
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 5 3
Specific Electives 4 6
BA224 Human Resource Management 3
CIS235 Integrated Computer Projects 4
OA280B CWE: Office Admin AAS AOP 4
Specific Electives 4 3
Students must complete 91 credits or more to graduate.  
 Total Credits91

MTH60 Algebra I, MTH65 Algebra IIMTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher may be substituted for MTH82 Business Mathematics.


WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing may be substituted for WR121 English Composition.


HE250 Personal Health or three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be substituted for PE231 Wellness for Life.


Specific Electives:  Select from any 100 level or higher AC, BA, CIS, CS, PSY, SOC, 

WR227 Report Writing or any MTH except MTH20 Basic Mathematics not otherwise required by the degree.


SP100 Basic Speech Communications, SP218 Interpersonal Communication, or SP219 Small Group Discussion may be substituted for SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Apply human relations, organizational development, and critical thinking skills to solve problems in an office setting.
  • Compose, proofread, and produce a wide range of business documents using appropriate software and equipment.
  • Follow professional business procedures and standards.
  • Store, retrieve, distribute, and manage information to support office and management personnel.
  • Integrate computer, computation, communication, and critical thinking skills to accomplish complex office tasks and solve problems.
  • Apply knowledge of the internal organization and management of an office.
  • Work both independently and as part of a team.