Administrative Professional

Administrative Professional

Every successful office needs someone that makes everything function smoothly. Someone who helps coworkers have the resources they need to get their jobs done. They’re not just a secretary, they’re the first contact in the department; the glue that keeps budgets, projects and personnel together. Earning your Administrative Professional degree at Lane will give you the tools you need to become that essential person in any office environment.

Is the Administrative Professional program for you?

If you like dynamic, people-centered, detail oriented environments, then the Administrative Professional degree is for you! You’ll learn to leverage your skills with numbers and your organizational talent to manage budgets and champion complex projects. Your ability to focus on details will help you ensure nothing gets left behind. Your drive to collaborate and empathize with others will allow you to positively contribute to the whole office team, helping a business grow.

When you’re ready to get started, just apply! Our Admissions office staff will guide you through the steps to enroll to get you started right. You can also contact Admissions with any questions you have about the college, to schedule a tour of the campus, or just to say hello. If you’re not ready to apply today, you can request more information on the program and we’ll get in touch to make a plan that works for you.

What will you learn in the Administrative Professional program?

The Administrative Professional degree is more than a secretarial degree. You’ll learn:

  • organize and manage the daily business functions of an organization.
  • understand professional ethics, legal standards, and organizational expectations.
  • create professional, accurate documents.
  • anticipate and actively explore innovative solutions to technological and organizational challenges.
  • provide basic training and technical support for office equipment and software systems.
  • work independently within diverse business environments, apply individual strengths and critical thinking to collaborative efforts.
  • give effective and engaging presentations.
  • perform timely and effective research
  • apply critical thinking and analytical skills in decision-making and problem solving.
  • use communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills for internal and external customer support.
  • improve your keyboarding skills to quickly prepare accurate documents.
  • use software including Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • engage customers and co-workers effectively in diverse cultural contexts.

With the option to take your classes online or in person, you have the flexibility to complete your Administrative Professional degree the way that works best for you. Your instructors will help prepare you for your career with one-on-one attention in small classes, and if you need extra help outside of class you’ll have access to free tutoring through the Business Resource Center.

What can you do next?

Every industry has a need for someone who can help make their office function more effectively. With the Administrative Professional degree, your job options are wide open! Our four elective paths: customer service, office software specialist, small business ownership, and legal office skills will give you an additional emphasis to add to your resume and help you find the career you’re looking for. Depending on the elective path you choose, you can be an administrative professional, a legal secretary, an office software specialist, or even start your own business!

The Administrative Professional degree also provides you with the foundation necessary to prepare for the Certified Professional Secretary examination.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

Lane offers students the best of both worlds: a wide variety of courses to choose from and small class sizes. At Lane, you’ll never take a class with more than 40 students, and your class will always be taught by an instructor, not a grad student. Our attentive faculty have real world experience, and they bring those experiences to the classroom! Because of our small class sizes, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your instructor on a first name basis.

Get to know the Administrative Professional faculty and advisors

The faculty and advisors for the Administrative Professional program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Business advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree.

  • LuAnne Johnson
    Faculty Member

Get real world work experience

Employers are interested in more than just your degree. It’s important that you’re able to show that you have relevant, real world work experience. Our Cooperative Education department partners with local businesses and organizations to provide internships for students in their field of study. Many students even continue to paid employment at their former internship site. All Business degrees at Lane require three credits of Cooperative Education courses, so you’ll be well prepared for your career when you graduate!

Stackable Credentials

While earning your Administrative Professional degree, you will automatically earn your Business Assistant certificate at the end of your first year. This certification will propel you towards your degree while also demonstrating you understand the functions of business to prospective employers.

You can further specialize your Administrative Professional degree by choosing an elective paths that will grant you an additional certificate to further specialize your skills.

By earning your Customer Service Certificate, you’ll demonstrate your understanding of how to work effectively and personably with clients and customers. Through the customer-oriented courses, you will gain the strategies and skills necessary to balance meeting the needs of your company while providing customers with a helpful, positive experience.

Modern offices can’t function without software. An Office Software Specialist Certificate will show that you’re not intimidated by a mouse and keyboard and provide you with the training you need to thrive in any office environment.

The Legal Office Skills Certificate helps prepare you for a career in a law or government office. This certificate not only prepares you for a career as a legal secretary, but also helps you start your journey towards becoming a paralegal. Through a partnership with Umpqua Community College, you can complete this certificate on its own at Lane before completing your second year in UCC’s Paralegal Studies AAS degree entirely online. For more information on this partnership, contact Crystal Sullivan (, (541) 440-4663) or Lori Areford (, (541) 463-5860).

With our Small Business Ownership Certificate you’ll learn the skills needed to run or start your own business. Classes in business law and accounting will help ensure your business runs smoothly, while classes in marketing and website creation will give you the promotional skills you need.

State of the art facilities

Every business student at Lane has access to our Business Resource Center. This dedicated space offers business specific tutoring as well as instructor led study sessions for many of our classes. A computer lab just for business students provides you access to the software you’ll need to be successful.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court, located at our downtown campus. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.