Administrative Professional

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Administrative Professional

Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Online Program 

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice, In Person or Web Conferencing instruction. Select courses are available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

This program will be modified for the 2021-2022 academic year pending WTCS approval. Please contact a WITC Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions (link to advisor).

The Administrative Professional program prepares you to be successful in a variety of industries: health, education, business, for-profit, non-profit, industry and more. You will develop your software/hardware knowledge, administrative/organizational skills and interpersonal communications in order to provide top-notch administrative support in your organization. This foundation prepares you for many career opportunities and gives you transferable credits to continue your education. 

Program Overview

Many of the skill subjects are competency based and available through alternate delivery methods. You can earn a living and earn your degree pretty much anytime, anywhere that fits your schedule.  Once you have your WITC degree, you can couple it with work experience and further education to advance into supervisory or managerial positions. 

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect Administrative Professional graduates to be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective workplace communications
  • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks
  • Perform routine administrative procedures
  • Manage administrative projects
  • Maintain internal and external relationships
  • Model professionalism in the workplace
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WITC graduates are true professionals and lifelong learners. Career-oriented graduates can work their way into advanced positions. Some graduates also choose to continue their education at a university or four-year college.

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Completing your Administrative Professional degree will open doors to a new career field for you. 

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If you already work in an office setting, earning your Administrative Professional degree can provide you with documentation needed to advance your career.

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You can begin by earning your MS Office diploma. From there you could earn the Office Support Specialist Diploma and then your Administrative Professional degree. 


Administrative Professional instructors use a differentiated approach to teaching, keeping YOU in mind when developing lesson plans, workbook exercises, lectures, projects and other interactive learning activities.

Administrative Professional classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland,New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: online, Your Choice, in-person,Web Conferencing, or WITC Flex.


You can attend Administrative Professional classes on-campus or enroll in classes that are offered online or in a flexible-attendance classroom. 


You will use a variety of technology including various software packages, training tutorial software, social media, web-conferencing and more. 

Employability Essentials

You will be ready to meet employer expectations in the areas of personal awareness, career effectiveness and professionalism. 


Classes include a mix of developing your skills in software such as Photoshop, Quickbooks and Desktop Publishing and developing proper office etiquette with classes like Office Communication, Proofreading for the Office and more. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Administrative Professional Courses

| 2 CR
Students will learn the QuickBooks accounting software by performing tasks that involve the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, payroll, and financial statements. Students will be responsible for finding and correcting errors in the QuickBooks program. PREREQUISITE: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 or 10101176 Financial Accounting 1A.
| 2 CR
Students will become skilled in using the Adobe Photoshop image-editing software package. Students will create and modify graphic images using various tools and techniques. They will learn to create original artwork, manipulate images, and create images for the Web and retouch photographs.
| 3 CR
This course is designed to develop professional skills and attitudes needed in today’s global business environment. Topics include making ethical decisions, working independently and as a team member, and managing time. Telecommunications, mail processing, travel arrangements and conferences, public relations, and ergonomics will be included. Previous word processing and proofreading experience is recommended. PREREQUISITE: 10106110 Document Formatting and 10106146 Proofreading for the Office.

Administrative Professional is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Administrative Professional student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Earn a technical diploma.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Office Support Specialist, Receptionist/Secretary, Data Entry Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$44,457 WTCS annually
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Technical Diploma
18 Credits / Less Than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Customer Service Representative, File Clerk, Receptionist/Information Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
$29,118-$35,357 annually
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Technical Diploma
10 Credits / Less Than One Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Word Processor, Clerk Typist, Program Assistant
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This is the program you’re looking at.

Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Administrative Professional, Executive Assistant, Office Manager
Range of Yearly Salary
$14,559-$81,012 annually
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Administrative Professional - Transfer Options

UW-Oshkosh | UW-Stout | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering | Northland College

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!  

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

Administrative Professional

60 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Administrative Professional Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a:

  • Office Technology Assistant technical diploma
  • Microsoft Office technical diploma
  • Office Support Specialist technical diploma
  • Administrative Professional associate degree
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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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