Administrative Professional

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

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

Administrative Professional Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours 
First TermGE183Business English I4.060
AC124Introduction to Accounting & Payroll4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
OS104Introduction to Document Processing4.560
MG111Introduction to Management3.036
AP109Records Management2.030
First Term Totals:19.5270
Second Term
GE184Business English II4.060
GE118Business Mathematics4.060
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
GE180Applied Psychology3.036
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
Second Term Totals:22.5312.0
Third TermGE210Business English III3.560
IT224Advanced Microsoft Word4.560
IT223Advanced Microsoft Excel2.030
OS200The Virtual Office Environment3.548
CP288Office Computer Networking5.060
MG107Customer Relations3.036
MK110Social Media for Business2.036
Third Term Totals:23.5330
Fourth TermAP205Document Processing2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
OS202Communication & Event Planning4.560
WP210Desktop Publishing I4.560
GE263Editing & Proofreading2.030
GE256English Composition for the Office2.030
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
Fourth Term Totals:24.0324
Fifth TermMG214Human Resource Management2.536
AC116Computerized Accounting4.060
Elective2.536
OS203Integrated Microsoft Office4.060
IT222Advanced Microsoft Access2.030
OS105Online Business Communication3.036
CP124Fundamentals of Web Site Design4.560
Fifth Term Totals:22.5318
Elective ChoicesMG215Personal Financial Management2.536
GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)4.060
Sixth TermOS204Administrative Professional Internship11.0330
OS201Administrative Professional Seminar2.021
CD200Career Preparation0.510
Sixth Term Totals:13.5361
AP PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSAP PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
125.51,915

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

Barb Seeger

AP Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
Altoona Campus


Barb Seeger, Coordinator of the Administrative Professional program, has been an instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2002.

Barb is a graduate of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the South Hills team, she served as an elementary school teacher in the Tyrone School District, in addition to serving as Technology Coordinator at Bishop Guilfoyle High School and as an Adjunct faculty member at Mount Aloysius College. She brings her expertise and experiences from the education community to her classroom. Barb’s certifications include: Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification, Microsoft Office User Specialist – Excel, Microsoft Office User Specialist – Word, and Microsoft Office User Specialist – PowerPoint.

Sharon Rivell

Instructor
State College Main Campus


Sharon Rivell, former program coordinator of the Administrative Professional program and Office Technology instructor, advisor, and internship supervisor, has been affiliated with South Hills since 1975. She taught evening classes until finishing her graduate degree, and taught year-round as a full-time instructor from 1977 to 1981. She owned and operated a chocolate business, became a stay-at-home mom, then returned to teaching in 1993.

Sharon graduated from The DuBois Business College with a Secretarial diploma, Penn State with a B.S. in Business Education, and a M.Ed. in Vocational Education.

Her secretarial work experience started at The DuBois Campus as Secretary to the Dean of Student Affairs. She supervised Work Study students, was responsible for student files, and was the Registrar for the Selective Service.

Sharon is a past president of State College BPW, a former charter member of IAAP, a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and a member of the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Jennifer Charney

Instructor
State College Main Campus


Reana Donaldson

Full-time Instructor
Lewistown Campus


Reana Donaldson has been an instructor in the Administrative Professional program at South Hills since 2005. She is a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in English and Education and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with an MBA. She also holds a Master’s of Education in Adult Education and Training. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Director of Education for the Lewistown campus.

Reana brings her writing and office experience from her previous work in education and from various professional positions before she joined South Hills. She is involved in several community outreach programs. She also acts as the Yearbook Club advisor for the Lewistown campus.

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Paula ColettiHuman Resources Generalist IIEclipse Resources
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
Member NameJob TitleCompany
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
Member NameJob TitleCompany
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.