Program: Administrative Support Technology (298)
Specializations: Word Information Processing (298-01), Medical Office Administrative Assistance (298-03)
Award: Associate of Applied Science

Program Purpose:

The Administrative Support Technology programs are designed to prepare students to make decisions and perform successfully in office occupations.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Use communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills for internal and external customer support.
  • Apply business English, spelling, and mathematics.
  • Create graphs, brochures, flyers, and presentations.
  • Use basic accounting principles/applications to maintain accounting records for various businesses.
  • Use software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, or calendar tools.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this associate degree in two years. 

What job or career can I get with this degree?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as:  administrative assistant, executive secretary, machine transcriptionist, office manager, and word/information processor.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for:

  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants was 7,375. There is projected annual demand/need for 677 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, January 2024).
  • Word Processors and Typists was 174. There is projected annual demand/need for 10 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Word Processors and Typist, January 2024).
  • Medical Administrative Assistant was 2,856. There is projected annual demand/need for 324 new entrants into this occupation (Source: Jobs EQ Occupation Report Medical Assistants, January 2024).

How much can I earn with this degree?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Secretaries and Administrative Assistants  




Word Processors and Typists




Medical Assistants




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

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Program requirements in the College Catalog.