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Administrative Assistant - Distance Learning

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: West Prince Campus, Distance Learning

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Administrative Assistant

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

If you would like to train to become an administrative assistant but are not able to attend classes on the West Prince Campus, the Administrative Assistant distance learning program might be just right for you. 

This hands-on program prepares you for an entry-level position as an administrative professional in the private sector or in government. The administrative assistant program focuses on office procedures, written and oral communications, basic computer programs, professionalism, interpersonal communications, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and customer service.

The practical learning includes computerized accounting, working with and developing spreadsheets, document preparation, and organizing meetings and events, which are duties of an administrative assistant in the modern office.

The program includes an on-the-job training component that allows you to apply the skills you learned in a modern office environment. The on-the-job placement is unpaid, and the duration is four weeks.

When you graduate, you can continue your training by transferring select credits from this program to the Legal Administration or Medical Support Services program.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé, including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $ 5,312 $10,412
Fees $717 $1,467
Other Costs $ 1,350 $1,350
Total $ 7,379 $13,229

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $ 5,312
Student Union $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 445
Graduation Fee $ 100
     Subtotal $ 6,029
1st installment due September 5  $ 3,332
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,697

Other Costs

1 Year 
Books $1,250
Materials/Supplies $100
     Subtotal $1,350
Total $7,379


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $10,412
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $11,879
1st installment due September 5 $ 9,182
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,697

Other Costs

 1 Year
Books $1,250
Materials/Supplies $100
     Subtotal $1,350
Total $13,229

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Federal, provincial and municipal government
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Private sector businesses

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ADMI-1000

Office Procedures I

This course is designed to enable students to,learn the skills required to perform basic office,procedures for the efficient operation of an,office environment. Students learn how to operate,telephone systems, provide front line reception,and perform duties such as organize meetings,,prepare meeting minutes, and scheduling,procedures.


Course Code:ADMI-1010

Office Procedures II

This course is designed to introduce students to,the policies, procedures and practices involved,with the operation of a safe, efficient, and,organized work area. Students learn to operate,equipment used in the office environment.,Students are introduced to various organizations,governing worker's health and safety. This,course also provides students with the skills,necessary to develop competency in basic math for,general office finances, bank transactions and,management of petty cash.


Course Code:ADMI-1110

Keyboarding I

In this course students are introduced to the,fundamentals of correct keyboarding technique and,develop touch-typing skills to a minimum word,standard. Through individualized practices and,drills, students improve their accuracy and speed,of text keying to achieve a speed of 30 words per,minute (wpm) in a five-minute timing with five or,less errors.


Course Code:ADMI-1115

Keyboarding II

This course provides students with the,opportunity to further develop correct,keyboarding and touch typing skills from,Keyboarding I course. Through individualized,practices and drills, students improve their,accuracy and speed of text keying to achieve a,speed of 50 words per minute (wpm) in five-minute,timings with five or less errors.


Course Code:ADMI-1120

Office Finance

In this course, students learn the basic,terminolgy and develop basic manual bookkeeping,skills sufficient for a business record-keeping,environment. Students are also introduced to,basic features of computerized accounting,software, focusing on recording and data entry,processes.


Course Code:COMM-1095

Interpersonal Communications

In this course, students gain opportunities to,promote personal growth and engage in behaviour,intended to enhance their interpersonal,communication skills in personal and professional,settings. Students experience opportunities to,practice verbal and non-verbal communication,,active listening, and effective feedback,techniques. Students also practice team building,and leadership strategies and explore diversity,and cultural issues in interpersonal,communications.


Course Code:COMM-1310

Business Communications

In this course, students acquire competency in,writing professional office correspondence,including memos, emails and letters, using,standardized proofreading and editing techniques.,Students are provided the opportunity to,demonstrate verbal communication skills by,presenting presentations to inform, educate, and,entertain. Students also prepare for employment,pursuits by creating a personal resume, cover,letter and professional career portfolio.,Students further prepare for employment by,conducting effective job searches and,participating in mock job interviews.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:ENGL-1000


Learn, review and practice English grammar,,punctuation, proofreading, editing, and spelling,skills to demonstrate language usage competency.,Develop the ability to convey thoughts clearly,and concisely building both written and oral,communication skills.


Course Code:PRAC-1125

Administrative Assistant On-The-Job,Training

On-the-Job-Training (OJT) is an essential part of,student learning. An OJT placement provides an,opportunity for students to demonstrate their,competencies, gain confidence, build on,professional skills acquired from formal,instruction and gain first hand experiences in,their profession. Through OJT placements,,students are exposed to the professional,standards, routines and demands of the profession.


Course Code:PROF-1000


In this course, students gain a knowledge and,understanding of the administrative assistant,profession and its affiliated associations.,Students explore and demonstrate competencies in a,number of professional areas including; ethical,decision making, projecting a positive image,,personal management skills, problem-solving,,workplace harrassment and bullying, and conflict,management skills.


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The program prepared me for the daily tasks I complete at my job, such as typing, properly addressing letters, emails, memos, telephone etiquette, scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and how to communicate professionally with clients. I knew when I was hired that the Administrative Assistant program had prepared me to be able to complete the required job duties.

Paige, Class of 2020


Legal Administration

Learn the administrative tasks and legal terminology you'll need to become a Legal Assistant in this accelerated one-year diploma program. Learn basic administrative duties and establish a solid foundation in civil litigation, family law, corporate law, real estate law, and estate law.

Medical Support Services

The 2-year Medical Support Services diploma program trains you to work as a medical secretary, health unit coordinator, or administrative professional in private health care facilities.