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Office Assistant

This program is scheduled to be discontinued and will no longer be accepting new applicants.

If you are a multi-tasker who wants to work in an office environment, this certificate program could be a good match for you.

In this program, you’ll gain the skills necessary to perform general business and office duties. You’ll learn how to prepare business documents, do bookkeeping, manage files, use the Internet effectively, schedule with electronic calendars and deliver positive customer service.  

Whether you’re just starting out in the workforce, or you are looking to update your skillset, certification as an office assistant could help your resume stand out from the rest. 

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

Program Map for


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Total Credits: 45

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BT 106
Computing Essentials
BT 110
Strategies for Student Success
BUS 122
Practical Business Math
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BT 102
Document Processing
BT 155
Records Information Management
BT 272
Business Correspondence
Total Credits

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
ACCT 103
Fundamental Bookkeeping Procedures
BT 160
Job Preparation Techniques
BT 231
Office Procedures
Excel I
Powerpoint I
Total Credits

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.

For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

  • Non-Resident

  • International

  • Max. Books

  • Max. Course Fees

  • Institutional Fees


These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Donna Evenson
    Donna Evenson
    Administrative Office Syst
    B.A., Washington State University; M.Ed., Eastern Washington University
  • Stephanie Freeman
    Stephanie Freeman
    Administrative Office Syst
    B.B.A., M.B.A., Gonzaga University; M.I.T. Whitworth University
  • Jenny Hubbard
    Jenny Hubbard
    Instr&Classroom Supt Tch2
  • Lorri Peasley
    Lorri Peasley
    Adjunct Academic Employee

Upon approval from the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), OTA graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. After successful completion of the examination, the graduate will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and be eligible to apply for state licensure. To learn more about the exam, visit our OTA Certification Exam page.

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Gigi Fox

Pathways Specialist
Building 24, Room 125