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Administrative Professions
Award: Certificate in Business Management
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Sherry Massoni, 443-412-2645,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Business Management Administrative Professions Certificate is designed to enable students to obtain knowledge, skills, and competencies in the challenging business field of Administrative Professions. Students completing the certificate in Administrative Professions are able to combine the credits earned to complete an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Business Management degree to satisfy their individual career goals.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program of study students will be able to:
  1. Use the language of business and demonstrate effective and professional communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate administrative problem-solving skills in business decision making.
  3. Use information technology applications to develop business solutions.
  4. Prepare for Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree in Business Management.

 NumberTitle Credits
 BA 101Introduction to Business 3   
 OS 100Keyboarding Basics 1   
 OS 113Intermediate Keyboarding and Document Processing 3   
 OS 214Advanced Keyboarding & Document Processing 3   
 OS 129Introduction to Office Procedures and Management 4   
 OS 136Introduction to Bookkeeping: Quickbooks 3   
 OS 116Communication Technologies  4   
 BA 245Contemporary Issues in Business 3   
 Total Credits24  

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, employment of administrative professionals is expected to grow 3% through 2024, which will add approximately 118,000 new positions to the career field. Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of computer software applications.

The courses listed in the Business Management Administrative Professions Certificate are designed to align with the competencies identified by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Students successfully completing the Administrative Professions Certificate are prepared to pursue certifications recommended by IAAP in Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Certified Professional Secretary (CPS).


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Business Management - Administrative Professions
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 1 year

Occupations: Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
CIP Code: 52.0401
SOC Code: 43-6014.00
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*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $3,992.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $6,165.00
Books and supplies: $980.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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