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Administrative Assistant

Get the office fundamentals and technical skills you need to begin a successful career as an administrative assistant.

During our intensive eight-month program, experienced instructors prepare you for the workplace. You’ll learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office, effective business communication skills, financial record keeping, data management and integral office procedures. You’ll also apply your new skills during a two-week practicum experience with one of our host companies.

Learn how to be a professional and perform your duties with confidence. Our graduates are working throughout B.C. and across Canada in a wide range of businesses, service organizations and government agencies.

Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, at Dunsmuir and Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.
Program Status: Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January, April/May, and August/September 8 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

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Program Description

Program Description

Lessons include demonstrations, guest lectures and real work experience.

Students learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office, effective business communication, financial record keeping, data management, and integral office procedures. They demonstrate efficient time management techniques by determining work priorities when creating, revising, transcribing, formatting, and processing a wide range of business documents. Students use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and accounting software to perform a variety of assignments to the professional standards expected in an office.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The Administrative Assistant Program is offered on a full-time basis with 25 hours of classes a week over an 8-month period. This program consists of two semesters of integrated training with a continuous assessment of student progress.

In the first term, the majority of class time is devoted to practical computer skills training and building business communication skills. The second term expands on the hands-on practical skills training with a greater emphasis on advanced computer applications and basic accounting skills.

Students are required to work both in groups and individually. Where the subject area requires it, theory is presented by means of lectures, videos, demonstrations, and guest lectures.

Program time is set aside in the last month of the program for work experience; the student will be placed in a challenging work environment which requires application of the skills learned in the program.

An Administrative Assistant Program Advisory Committee, consisting of employers and program graduates from the business community, meets regularly to monitor training needs and requirements of the industry.

Evaluation of Student Learning

An evaluation of the learning progress of each student is prepared by the instructor/s. Evaluation is a combination of an assessment of practical assignments, theory and/or practical examinations. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of Term 1 in order to proceed to Term 2, and must achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of Term 2 in order to receive a certificate.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

The following admission requirements will be used to determine eligibility for entrance into the Administrative Assistant Program.

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English or English Language Proficiency or equivalent
  • A tested keyboarding speed of a minimum of 25 gross words per minute on a 5-minute test with a maximum of 5 errors using the touch-typing method (using the appropriate fingers for each key on the keyboard and not looking at your fingers as you type)
  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.


    Recommended Characteristics:


  • Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a business office
  • Good finger and hand dexterity for operating office equipment and machines
  • Good command of oral and written English
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

    Fees and Other costs


    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee $2,920
    Student Union Fee $59
    College Initiative Fee $84
    Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
    Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
    U-Pass Fee $316
    Other Costs
    $21 - Graduation Fees
    $117 - Campus Resource Fee
    $1,100 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
    At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


    Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

    Info Sessions

    Info Sessions

    Get the office fundamentals and technical skills you need to begin a successful career as an administrative assistant.

    During our intensive eight-month program, experienced instructors prepare you for the workplace. You’ll learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office, effective business communication skills, financial record keeping, data management and integral office procedures. You’ll also apply your new skills during a two-week practicum experience with one of our host companies.

    Learn how to be a professional and perform your duties with confidence. Our graduates are working throughout B.C. and across Canada in a wide range of businesses, service organizations and government agencies. 


    Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

    Date Day Time Room Location
    October 5, 2016 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 622 Downtown


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    Program Highlights

    Program Highlights

    Career Prospects

    Career Prospects

    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

    Term 1

    Speed and Accuracy 1 (OADM 1101)
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    2.5 credits
    Business Communications 1 (OADM 1120)
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    2.0 credits
    Human Relations (OADM 1121)
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    2.0 credits
    Introduction to Computers and Word (OADM 1122)
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    2.5 credits
    Spreadsheets (Excel) (OADM 1125)
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    2.0 credits
    Business Communications 2 (OADM 1130)
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    2.0 credits
    Intermediate Word and PowerPoint (OADM 1132)
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    2.0 credits
    Document Formatting (OADM 1142)
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    2.0 credits


    Term 2

    Speed and Accuracy 2 (OADM 1200)
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    2.5 credits
    Basic Bookkeeping (OADM 1223)
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    2.0 credits
    Office Procedures (OADM 1226)
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    2.0 credits
    Office Simulation (OADM 1228)
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    2.0 credits
    Computerized Accounting (OADM 1233)
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    2.0 credits
    Work Experience (OADM 1238)
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    2.0 credits
    Electronic Transcription (OADM 1240)
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    2.0 credits
    Database and Office Integration (OADM 1252)
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    2.5 credits