Program Description

CVTC’s NEW Executive Assistant program offers an associate degree with an office, legal, or medical concentration. Earn credentials along the way to launch your high demand career! Offered completely online.

Executive assistants are at the center of communication in every organization and work closely with and support the leaders within the organization. You’ll learn how to be an efficient office employee through effective communication and computer skills. Throughout the program, you will gain valuable experience working in a business office while completing several internship opportunities.

The executive assistant duties include:

  • Supporting business leaders
  • Performing administrative/office tasks
  • Developing and preparing correspondence
  • Preparing presentations
  • Coordinating schedules and events
  • Processing and transmitting information
  • Assisting others within the organization
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Coordinating meeting and travel arrangements
  • Managing projects and conducting research
  • Providing quality customer service

This program has an advanced placement entry option. Advanced placement is an opportunity for graduates of a related program to further their education. Learn more about advanced placement for this program.

Technical Diplomas within this Program

Earn a technical diploma in any one of the following areas. If you decide to pursue the Executive Assistant associate degree, your diploma will apply towards that degree.

  • Office Receptionist (one-semester technical diploma)
  • Office Assistant

Just the Facts

Executive Assistant
68 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method:

(with face-to-face instruction only in Eau Claire)

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

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Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $13,555

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Pathway Credentials

Office Assistant

Embedded Technical Diploma

The Office Assistant program prepares students to perform a variety of administrative tasks in today's rapidly changing office. Students learn to integrate computer, human relations, and communication skills working individually and in a business team environment.

An internship in a local business office is included in the second semester of this program. After successful completion of this technical diploma, the student may apply these credits to the Executive Assistant Associate Degree program and enter the second year of the program.

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Career Opportunities

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Office Assistant

Just the Facts

Office Assistant
34 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program
One Year

Delivery Method:

Program Location:
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates:
August & January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $4,897

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed program information.

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Get a Job

82% of our Executive Assistant graduates get a job in the industry.

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Earn Your Degree Fast

Graduate with an Executive Assistant associate degree in just two years

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Executive Assistant​ program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Meeting & Event Planning
    Topics include aspects of the event management process such as: goal setting and objectives, establishing an event theme, planning event logistics, facility set up, and follow-up activities.
  • Human Resources, Intro
    This course examines the role of human resources and goals of human resource management in today's organizations. Students explore the importance and impact of human resource functions on the overall strategy of organizations.
  • Payroll Accounting
    Students will learn to make the payroll calculations and record keeping, including social security taxes, income tax withholding, and other deductions.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Champion
  • Executive Assistant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Patient Services Representative

Career Outlook

Executive assistants are necessary in all organizations, allowing graduates opportunities in various business settings, such as: education, government, insurance/investment, manufacturing, legal, medical, and service organizations.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 3% growth is projected in executive assistant positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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