It's all about the details. In the Administrative Office Professional program, you'll hone your time-management and organizational skills to manage the details of a successful business or organization.

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Today’s business workplaces rely on skilled individuals to ensure that administrative tasks are handled efficiently and effectively, using current business technology. The Administrative Office Professional program prepares students for professional careers in various offices.

In our one-year Administrative Office Professional program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to be the backbone of the workplace.

Our small classes – taught by experienced instructors who have been in the positions you aspire to – simulate a real office environment. You’ll learn all the details it takes to keep the office running smoothly, from accounting and bookkeeping to office procedures, conference planning and records management. Not to mention you’ll be using the latest industry-standard software to complete your assignments. You’ll know everything you need to excel before you even walk into the office.

Become an essential member of today’s business workplace and apply today!

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy close to a 100 percent employment rate! You can look forward to work in a wide range of office environments and roles including:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Commercial Offices
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Educational Offices
  • Executive Secretary
  • Financial Offices
  • Government Offices
  • Legal Offices
  • Medical Offices
  • Office Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Virtual Assistant
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 1 year
Credential: Certificate

Medicine Hat College

Graduates of the Administrative Office Professional certificate are eligible for admission into Year 2 of Medicine Hat College’s Administration Office Management diploma program.

Delivery Format

Online courses are instructor led. Communications, teaching and assessment components are delivered solely online, and do not have any on-campus elements. They are taught through a learning management system and may be either synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) or asynchronous (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Students complete all their work online and are not required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

Your learning experience will be largely online, both synchronously (at a specific time with other students and the instructor) and asynchronously (you can access materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by your instructor). The online teaching will, where possible, be supported by on campus teaching where it is essential to learning outcomes and which can be provided safely. Our faculty and instructors will provide you with quality learning experiences that will help build relationships, develop a sense of community wherever you are located, and give you the academic foundations you need for your life ahead. You will also connect with our committed staff, who will support you through academic advice, health and wellbeing, volunteer opportunities, career information, learning assistance, financial aid, and so many other ways. We remain connected and accessible in this new learning environment.


Year 1 Term I
Course Code Title Credits
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Title Credits

The combination of ENG-1156 and PRS-1155 is considered an acceptable alternative for ENG-1168.


New students are accepted into the Administrative Office Professional program in the Fall (September) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Mobile learning program

This is a Mobile Learning Program that requires students to supply their own device with required minimum specifications. Go to Mobile Learning for additional information.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded an Administrative Office Professional certificate.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,045.00 $987.00 $2,100.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students in this program are required to purchase their own mobile learning device. Check your letter of admission or contact your program office or check the admissions tab for details there are minimum requirements.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $12,495. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

A year here, a lifetime of career opportunities

Be in and out of our program with a recognized certificate in less than a year.

The Administrative Office Professional program includes the skills you need to excel in an administrative role. You can be in and out of our program with a recognized certificate in less than a year – in as short as eight months, depending on when you start.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we are a community that will support you from your initial interest in our program through crossing the stage at Convocation and beyond. Here are some of the places where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Kendra Dobbs

“I use every skill I have gained in the Office Administration Professional course, and I can definitely say I am in love with the office life. I was able to find employment less than a month after graduation and they were very pleased with how I presented myself.”

Megan Turnbull

“I moved back to Swift Current, Sask., after graduation. I have been working with Nimegeers Carlson Law Firm since June 2010 and enjoy that area of work. I am very grateful for the courses I was enrolled in at Lethbridge College and I believe that without the knowledge and skills I learned at college, I would not be where I am today.”

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Lowa Beebe

Lowa Beebe is from the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta. She currently works as the public relations liaison with Assembly of First Nations, Alberta Regional Office, and handles all the PR for the Alberta Regional Chief Craig Mackinaw. She had previously worked as the finance operations manager for Eagle Law Group, a First Nations owned law firm. Beebe is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and writer on topics ranging from social media to spirituality to indigenous issues, including the inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. She says her Blackfoot heritage taught her early in her life that volunteering is not chosen; it is a way of life.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Success Stories from Wider Horizons