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Regional College
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Business in Information Technology for Administrative Professionals provides students with the opportunity to learn current business developments that shape administrative functions. Students use the most current versions of business software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing and visual presentations. In addition, students learn the fundamentals of accounting, automated records management, business communications and resource management. Contact an advisor for more information. The degree is available at the Ashtabula, Salem, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses and is designed for secretaries, administrative assistants, office managers and CEO/CFO executive assistants.

Career Opportunities

Secretaries and administrative assistants held more than 4.1 million jobs in 2010, ranking it among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy.

Secretaries and administrative assistants are employed in organizations of every type. The field has elevated from taking dictation and making coffee to one of assuming major responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. In a number of organizations, secretaries and administrative assistants work in teams to work flexibly and share their expertise. Secretaries and administrative assistants usually work in schools, hospitals, corporate settings, government agencies, or legal and medical offices. Virtual assistants work from a home office.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 61 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Organize, manage, and analyze critical business data using spreadsheet and database software.

2. Create state-of-the-art documents using design guidelines, terminology and basic publication concepts using industry standards.

3. Import and integrate data from their original software to another for upgraded usage.

4. Determine the most appropriate software to use in creating specific business documents that meet industry standards for mailability.

5. Students will be able to contrast, compare, and adapt to forces that influence emerging management practices. Students will be able to manage the people, productivity, technology, and environment within the administrative function of an organization.

6. Integrate coursework with realistic office settings emphasizing the total quality management environment.

7. Use multiple channels used in business to communicate with others

8. Participate in the activities of various businesses to determine the variety of job responsibilities assigned to employees in their profession. In the process, they will develop job search strategies for use in their outreach activities.

9. Track and provide administrative support in managing projects using software designed for this specific purpose.

10. Examine, describe, and exercise various leadership, decision-making and motivational skills.


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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences


Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (29 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  ITAP 16620 Word Processing I 3
    16621 Word Processing II 3
    16625 Business Presentations 3
    16636 Data Management for Administrative Professionals 3
    16639 Database Applications 3
    26611 Spreadsheet Applications 3
    26622 Desktop Publishing I 3
    26635 Administrative Resource Management 3

Seminar for Administrative Professionals (3)
Internship for Administrative Professionals (2)   
Type Course Title Credits
  ACTT 11000 Accounting I: Financial 4
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  COMT 21010 Workgroup Productivity Software 3
  Choose from the following: 9
  BMRT 11000 Introduction to Business (3)  
    11009 Introduction to Management Technology (3)  
    21000 Business Law and Ethics I (3)  
    21006 Human Resource Management (3)  
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems (3)*  
    11004 Survey of Information Technology (3)  
    11005 Introduction to Operating Systems and Networking Technology(3)  
    11006 Introduction to Web Site Technology (3)  
  ITAP 16680 Computer Keyboarding (1)  
    26623 Desktop Publishing II (3)  
    26638 Business Communications (3)  
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences 3


* This course may be applied as an applied elective if taken prior to or concurrently with any other COMT or ITAP offering.