Associate in Applied Science in Administrative Professional

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Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administrative Professional degree is designed to provide training for various office support positions. These positions are generally identified as entry level (clerical), information processing, or advanced administrative support. The curriculum incorporates language, people, and technological skills essential for job success. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Administrative Professional (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply microcomputer software applications including word processing, database management, electronic spreadsheets, microcomputer graphics, and disk operating system.
  2. Produce business documents such as letters, memos, tables, and reports, utilizing keyboarding, proofreading and editing techniques.
  3. Apply proper skill and techniques of 10-key equipment with speed and accuracy.
  4. Use word processing software to produce documents applying business formatting including features and functions.
  5. Use an operating system to control, operate and manage files utilizing basic commands and functions.
  6. Access and use the Internet as a communication tool and as a source of information.
  7. Identify and describe the communication process and various aspects of communication including barriers, styles, and active listening techniques.
  8. Write a variety of business communications using proper grammar, punctuation, organization and style.
  9. Prepare and present an oral presentation for a specific type of audience, including the use of visual aids.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in completing common arithmetic operations, reconciling bank statements, computing cash and trade discounts, calculating sales commissions and comparing simple and compound interest rates on loans.
  11. Calculate depreciation rates and financial rations form an income statement and balance sheet.
  12. Describe in writing economic systems, marketing functions, economic effects of international business, laws affecting business and consumers, and mergers and acquisitions.
  13. Identify in writing aspects of owning and operating a small business, management functions, labor unions, major financial institutions, and basic accounting functions.
  14. Apply interpersonal communication skills to the business workplace.
  15. Identify and demonstrate positive human relation techniques and behaviors in individuals and the business organization.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants


Secretaries and Administrative Assistants


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems RC 3
CIS121AE Windows Operating System: Level I RC 1
CIS133AA Internet/Web Development Level I-A RC 1
BPC111AA or
Computer Keyboarding I or Computer Keyboarding I RC 1
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Humanities Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area HU 3
GBS120 Workplace Communication Skills RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS113DE Microsoft Word: Word Processing RC 3
GBS151 Introduction to Business RC 3
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Critical Reading Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment Recommended course: CRE101 CR 0–3
SBU200 Society and Business SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS131 Business Calculations RC 3
Mathematics MAT
Communication COM
Restricted Elective RE

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT251 Human Relations in Business RC 3
Natural Science NS
Restricted Elective RE

Program Electives

Students should select 17 credits from the following courses in consultation with a Department Advisor to fulfill the Restricted Elective requirement.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC111 Accounting Principles I RE 3
ACC115 Computerized Accounting RE 2
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet RE 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management RE 3
CIS118AB Powerpoint: Level I RE 1
CIS122AE Windows Operating System: Level II RE 1
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business RE 3
MGT+++ Any MGT Management prefixed course RE 1–17
MKT271 Principles of Marketing RE 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Administrative Professional program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019