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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Overview

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Today’s business workplaces rely increasingly on highly skilled individuals to ensure administrative tasks are handled efficiently and effectively.

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

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to succeed in a variety of office environments in positions such as:

  • receptionist
  • office assistant
  • administrative assistant
  • data entry specialist
  • executive secretary
  • bookkeeper
Starts In: September, January
Status: Winter (January) 2018 waitlisting
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 1 year
Credential: Certificate
Transfers:

  • Medicine Hat College
  • SAIT

Delivery Format
Classroom
Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1146
3.00
BUS-1185
1.50
ENG-1133
3.00
KEY-1140
3.00
KEY-1144
1.50
ORG-1148
3.00
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
AOP-1142
3.00
AOP-1145
3.00
AOP-1148
1.50
CPU-1165
3.00
CPU-2254
3.00
ENG-1168
3.00

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

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Administrative Office Professional program in the Fall (September) term. Students wishing to enrol for the Winter (January) term may take courses in a revised curriculum based on course availability. Students admitted in Winter will be able to complete the program within three (3) terms.

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

The Administrative Office Professional (AOP) program is a mobile learning program, which means that students are required to bring their own laptops. Your laptop will be critical to your success – please avoid the cheapest models. A warranty with solid support is recommended, in case you have issues with your machine during the duration of the program.

Laptops must meet the following specifications

  • 15-inch screen or larger with a number pad
  • wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Windows 10 (free at the college for those with Windows 7 or 8)
  • Microsoft Office Suite 365 (free at the college but must be installed prior to the first day of classes)
  • Not acceptable:  netbooks, tablets, iPads or Macs

Students in the AOP program must have Office 365 and Microsoft Office 2016 installed on their laptops prior to the first day of classes. This software is available free through Lethbridge College. Instructions for how to install these will be sent to you via college email prior to the first day of classes. Please watch for that.

Since college email will be used to communicate with you during your time at Lethbridge College, we encourage you to add your college email account to your smart phone. Please visit Get Office 365 for instructions.

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 College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $2,768.00 $980.00 $2,547.00

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  • Students in this program are required to purchase their own mobile learning device. Check your letter of admission or contact your program office 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

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

Bree Urkow

“Shortly after graduating from the college I was temporarily employed as an administrative assistant with Flagstaff County, filling in for a maternity leave position. I was then employed as an admin with Grant Thornton LLP CAs for almost 10 years before joining the University of Alberta as a development assistant in 2008, where I continue to be employed. In the fall of 2015 I was promoted to assistant director, Development. My high school sweetheart (who also attended the college) and I married in 2000 and enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends. My two-year program prepared me very well for a career in office administration, and to this day has served me well as I’ve advanced in my career in fund development. I’m currently enrolled part-time in the BA program at the U of A, Augustana, to complement my college education. My thanks to all my instructors, most notably Joan, Grace, and Phyllis, for providing an incredible learning experience.”

– From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons

Success Stories from Wider Horizons