Administrative Professional

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available in State College, Altoona, and Lewistown

This program was previously called Business Office Specialist.

The South Hills Administrative Professional (AP) program will prepare you to be the key staff member, administrator, or manager in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven modern office setting. As a student in our AP program, you will become fluent in current software—from Microsoft® Word, Publisher, and Excel to Adobe® InDesign and Dreamweaver. You will learn essential skills for keeping an office efficient and performing at an optimum level. Students will also learn effective use of social media; develop communication, human relations, and event planning skills; and study basic office networking, web site development, and more.

Our AP program graduates are employed in positions including Administrative Assistant, Administrative Professional, Computer Applications Specialist, Executive Secretary, Office Assistant, Office Manager, Project Manager, and Support or Software Specialist.

Successful students in this program will be outgoing, willing to ask questions, and able to complete projects on time. They need to have strong organizational and time management skills.

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AP Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Administrative Professional are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Management through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership or Bachelor of Science degree in Management in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our AP program will automatically transfer into the program. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Administrative Professional Course List for 2016-17

This program information appears in the 2016-17 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
EN104Business English I460
AC117Introduction to Accounting or560
AC115Accounting I(5)(60)
PD110Professional Development224
OS104Introduction to Document Processing4.560
MG111Introduction to Management336
GE180Applied Psychology336
EN105Business English II460
GE105Intro to Applied Algebra460
MG107Customer Relations336
AC121Payroll Accounting4.560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
GE210Business English III3.560
CP289Software Trainer Essentials4.560
CP285Computer Presentations336
AP204Editing & Proofreading230
AP109Records Management230
CP327Advanced Microsoft Word 4.560
MK106Social Media for Business2.536
GE213Oral Business Communications224
AP205Document Processing2.536
MG214Human Resource Management2.536
WP210Desktop Publishing I4.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
OS105Online Business Communication336
GE256English Comp. for the Office230
MG215Personal Financial Management00
OS200The Virtual Office Environment3.548
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
WP302Business Graphics Essentials336
CD207Job Search Skills224
CP326Advanced Microsoft Excel 230
AC116Computerized Accounting460
*Fifth Term Elective Choices
MG215Personal Financial Management2.536
GA113Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)4.560
OS306Integrated Microsoft Office 460
CP288Office Computer Networking560
OS305Communication & Event Planning4.560
CP325Advanced Microsoft Access 230
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CP124Fundamentals of Web Site Design 4.560
OS602Administrative Professional Internship11330
OS304Administrative Professional Seminar221
CD308Career Preparation0.510

Graduate Spotlight

"The best part of my South Hills education was the faculty and staff. The student to faculty ratio allowed for individual time and attention. I always felt the instructors were committed to providing an exemplary education and wanted us, as students, to be successful. Everyone from Financial Aid to Instructors to Career Services were easily accessible and very helpful any time I needed guidance or assistance. The program-focused coursework and required internship gave me the skills, knowledge, and practical experience that helped to prepare me for my current position at the College of Engineering at Penn State University."

Becky Perry
Class of 2014
Development Administrative Support
Assistant Engineering College Relations
Pennsylvania State University

Careers in Administrative Professional

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Administrative Professional graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Secretary
  • Client Services Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Office Assistant
  • Staff Assistant
  • Clerk Typist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Customer Services Representative

Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • Applied Research Laboratory
  • Central Intermediate Unit #10
  • Centre County Government
  • Eclipse Resources
  • United Way of Mifflin/Juniata
  • Penn State University
  • Penn State Outreach
  • QBC Diagnostics
  • Shaner Corp
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office

South Hills Administrative Professional graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many firms employing our graduates include:

  • American Home Patient
  • Borough of Lewistown
  • Centre County Government
  • Centre County Homemakers
  • Eclipse Resources
  • Glen Hawbakers
  • Penn State University
  • PFG
  • QBC Diagnostics
  • Shaner Corp

Program Advisory Board Members

State College Main Campus
Paula ColettiTalent Acquisition SpecialistAccuweather
Courtney CrossonIT Consultant IPenn State World Campus
Brenda HarrisonPennsylvania Section SecretaryU.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office
Sally HornStaff Assistant VIIPenn State Alumni and Development Relations
Megan McKalipsHR AssistantShaner Hotels/Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center
Beth NackleyAdministrative Support Assistant 3Penn State School of Music
Becky PerryAdministrative Support Assistant 3Penn State Engineering Development
Breanne RobinsonAdministrative Support Coordinator 3Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Noel WalkPennsylvania Section SecretaryU.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office
Altoona Campus
Wendy ChristoferHuman Resource CoordinatorPenn Stress
Ashley DavisSales SecretaryCourtesy Motors
Sherri McGregorEducation & Training SpecialistPenn State University - Altoona Campus
Jennifer Kritzer-KauffmanFinance ManagerStuckey Ford/Subaru
Patricia Pruznak-RhodesOffice AssistantNew Metro Design
Diane IrwinOwner/OperatorConner Heating & Air Conditioning
MacKenzie LockeOffice ManagerHuntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
Christopher HelselAdministrative AssistantFoor, Stoken, Huff, Kormanski, Naugle Attoneys at Law
Ginny GonzalezProgram & Faculty AssistantPenn State University - Altoona Campus
Kelsey TroxellAdvertising ManagerValue Drug Company
Lewistown Campus
Courtney CrossonIT ConsultantPenn State University
Jenny LandisProject ManagerJuniata River Valley Visitors Bureau
Rhonda MooreAdministrative CoordinatorJuniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce
Mindy ReedTechnology Purchasing SpecialistTuscarora Intermediate Unit 11
Dianna WalterBorough Treasurer/Finance Manager/Asst. Borough Manager/SecretaryBorough of Lewistown
Cristy YodersSuccess By 6 CoordinatorUnited Way of Mifflin/Juniata
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Administrative Professional page on our website.