Virtual Assistant Certificate (VAC)


The Virtual Assistant Certificate is designed for individuals seeking entrepreneurial, flexible employment by operating a home office that offers administrative and business support, over the Internet, to companies or professionals. Students pursuing this certificate should be currently employed in a secretarial or office support role, with at least two years of verified experience in the field. In addition, students seeking the Virtual Assistant Certificate should have fluency in keyboarding, computer skills, and communication as well as strong self-motivation skills. This certificate program does not include cooperative education.

Program Code



Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Provide administrative and business support to companies and professionals, from a home office, via the Internet.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$26,000 to $35,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 12 percent by 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Those with a combination of work experience and computer skills should have the best job prospects.

Gainful Employment Data


Virtual Assistant Certificate (VAC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
IM 115 Administrative Office Procedures and Practices 2 3 3
IM 130 Electronic Word Processing: Microsoft Word 2 3 3
IM 145 Document Proofreading and Editing 2 3 3
IM 150 Electronic Presentations: Microsoft PowerPoint 2 3 3
Semester 2      
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 2 2 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 2 3 3
IM 135 Business Document Formatting 2 3 3
Semester 3      
IM 155 Emerging Technologies and Social Media 2 2 3
IM 170 Electronic Project Management: Microsoft Project 2 3 3
MGT 120 Entrepreneurship 3 0 3
ACC 1XX Accounting Software Elective   1 0 1
Total Credits:   22 25 31
Accounting Software Elective  
ACC 115 Accounting Software Applications: Sage (Peachtree) 2
ACC 121 Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 1 1


Program Chair
Connie Crossley
Viola Johnson
Colleen Meyer
Linda Schulte
Co-op Coordinator
Adam Waits