Administrative Office Professional


Fall 2020 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: Online
  • Year 2: Online

Most courses in the Administrative Office Professional program are well suited for online learning. In the event a course requires an on-campus component, students will be informed as soon as possible. Please note, this is not expected to happen during the fall semester. 

Prepare to Learn:

  • Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.
  • Details about tools and technology requirements, as well as additional course details, will be shared before the end of July.


About the Program

The Administrative Office Professional program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation for a career as an administrative professional. In addition to providing you with hands-on computer training using

Learning in the classroom is just part of the college experience. You will also build on-the-job experience through a work placement in both the fall and spring semesters. On campus, you’ll form strong connections with faculty and students, and those friendships will help you succeed at college and help you with networking.  

At graduation, you will have the knowledge and skills required for entry-level office positions. You will be prepared to manage information in an office, organize and maintain files, manage projects and learn bookkeeping and computer skills. Many students enter the program with a clear goal: complete the certificate in less than a year, and enter the workforce to make money. Others are so intrigued by the world of business that they decide to continue their education.  

The ability to use your Administrative Office Professional certificate as a starting point for a business diploma or degree is one of the strengths of this program. You can focus on building the skills you need for work right away, but also think of a long-term career at the same time.  

After taking the Administrative Office Professional certificate, you can take the Administrative Office Management diploma or a Business Administration diploma majoring in Business/Office Technology.

Graduates of the Administrative Office Professional program will also receive advanced standing in three of MHC's continuing studies certificate programs; Medical Office Assistant, Hospital Unit Clerk, and Legal Office Assistant. PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) will be granted for the computer skills training and keyboard requirements, as well as the "Productivity and Workplace Communication" course requirements in the three aforementioned programs. For complete details, please visit the links provided for each program. Please note that continuing studies certificate programs are not eligible for student loan funding.

High School

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 10C
  • Keyboarding speed of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy is recommended

Or approval of the Program Coordinator

Mature Route

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 10C
  • Keyboarding speed of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy is recommended

Or approval of the Program Coordinator

Conditional Admission Plan (CAP)

If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Conditional Admission Plan (CAP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available.

Some courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Administrative Office Professional.

Graduation from the Administrative Office Professional program will prepare you for office employment in numerous fields.


 Accounting  Education - College/University  News Industry
 Agriculture  Education - School  Oilfield Companies
 Automobile Dealerships  Government  Police and Security
 Business  Insurance Agencies  Printers/Printshops
 Computer Consultants  Legal Banking  Real Estate
 Dental  Medical Bookkeeping   Retail

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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