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Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Faculties > Commerce and Business Administration > Office Administration
The Office Administration Department is moving to the Coquitlam Campus
effective September 2017. All classes will take place at the Coquitlam
Apply now to train for a great career as an office administrator in any
of the Office Administration programs at Douglas College.
carry out a variety of administrative duties to support managers and
professionals. They work throughout the private and public sectors.
Advances in technology have affected the duties of the administrative
assistant. They are now taking on more tasks such as developing
spreadsheets, drafting correspondence, supervising databases, updating
web sites and producing presentation materials. These shifts have
resulted in a more complex support role for these workers than in
previous years. As such, individuals who have a wider variety of
computer skills will be in higher demand. Graduates of our program will
be highly proficient in computer applications and will demonstrate
abilities in communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving,
teamwork, and administrative procedures. For more information check out Administrative Assistant Certificate.
Legal Administrative Assistants
, with training and experience in the various areas of legal practice
as well as strong computer and communications skills, are sought after.
Graduates may find employment in law firms, notary offices, legal
departments for companies, or government agencies or ministries.
Graduates of our program are trained in legal office procedures, legal
terminology, court systems, legal record keeping, billing clients, and
in the preparation, filing and service of legal documents in the areas
of Wills and Estates, Family Law, Litigation, Corporate Law and
Conveyancing. They will be able to provide general clerical and
specialized legal support to lawyers to help their clients. For more
information check out Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate.
Medical Office Assistants
perform a variety of administrative and clinical duties in doctors’
offices, clinics, hospitals, and other medical settings. They must have
excellent interpersonal skills, as well the ability to be tactful and
discreet. Advances in technology have impacted the duties of the
medical office assistant. The increasing use of electronic medical
records requires that the medical office assistant stay current with
technological developments. As such, individuals who have a wider
variety of computer skills will be in higher demand. Graduates of our
program will be highly proficient in the use of both paper and
electronic medical records. Students will receive a sound basic
knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an extensive knowledge of
medical terminology. Training is provided in general medical office
administrative procedures and clinical skills used in the medical
office. For more information check out Medical Office Assistant Certificate.
Once you are working in one of the administrative fields you may be
looking to advance into an office management role and
find you need some more training. Completion of the Administrative
Assistant, Legal Administrative Assistant or Medical Office Assistant
Certificate all ladder into our Office Administration Diploma program,
which includes courses in accounting, math, economics, marketing and
elective courses from different areas of the college. For more
information check out Office Administration Diploma.
If you have been out of the work force for a while and need a quick
refresher, or if you are looking for a short-term program to see how
you manage college life, the Basic Office Skills Certificate program
may be for you. This certificate program is designed to provide basic
skills to refresh, or to find employment in an entry-level reception position. For more information
check out Basic Office Skills Certificate.