Office Administration – Executive

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, Timmins, Distance
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
B012 (PC) – Timmins Campus
B275 (HL) – Haileybury Campus
B276 (KL) – Kirkland Lake Campus
(JB) – Moosonee Campus
B273 (CK) – Contact North Kirkland Lake

Step into a world of opportunity with Northern College’s Office Administration – Executive two-year diploma program. This credential is highly valued by employers, positioning you for success in Executive assistant roles across diverse organizations. Building upon the foundational Office Administration one-year certificate, students will receive both a certificate and a diploma upon completion.


Throughout the program, you’ll delve deeper into specialized areas such as medical terminology, transcription and business document processing, desktop publishing, and law office management. Enhanced technical skills in information systems analysis and artificial intelligence will empower you to effectively manage and optimize organizational workflows.


In your final semester, you will participate in a three-week placement opportunity, providing invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship. Many of our graduates secure permanent positions with their Placement employers, illustrating the program’s effectiveness in preparing you for immediate career advancement.

Elevate your career prospects with Northern College’s Office Administration – Executive program. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in today’s

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Jennifer Huggins
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2105

Student Success & The Northern Experience

Our Office Administration – Executive program expands on the skills acquired in our one-year certificate program of Office Administration – General to advance your skillset and earn a diploma.

You’ll gain greater knowledge in specialized areas – including document processing, transcription, and legal and medical terminology – and gain hands-on experience through a work placement to set you up for success in a future career in a variety of fields and workplaces.


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Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

More information can be found in the Program Outline [PDF, 192 KB]. Program Outlines can also be found in the archives.

Program Outline [PDF, 192 KB]

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

In this course, students will be introduced to the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements. Topics include recording entries, preparing financial statements and accounting for merchandising activities. This course will be essential for further study in financial accounting.

56 Hours

In this course, students will learn how proper recruitment/selection strategies, and training and development methods, maintain an organization’s competitive advantage. The integral role of job design and analysis in affecting compensation management and performance appraisal decisions will be examined. Students will investigate a variety of employment and health and safety laws as they relate to managing a diverse workforce. In addition, the fundamental principles of the union-management framework will be explored.

42 Hours

In this course, students will learn essential skills for success in college and the workplace. This course focuses on developing and strengthening oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking ability. During this course, students will engage in a variety of forms of communication with a focus on upholding the principles of academic integrity. Students will develop the skills necessary to create discipline-specific documents, practice business etiquette and professionalism, and apply critical thinking strategies to practical scenarios. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to plan and draft concise, coherent and well-organized writing assignments that are tailored to specific audiences and purposes. 

42 Hours

In this course, students will begin with a review of basic arithmetic and algebraic manipulations, continuing topics that include ratios, proportions and percentages, math of merchandising that include mark-ups and mark-downs, various payroll scenarios, and the evaluation and calculations using simple interest.

56 Hours

This course provides applications that reinforce word processing skills. It focuses on techniques to enable students to produce a wide variety of documents using the features of Microsoft Word 2016. Keyboarding speed and accuracy will be taught, practiced, and assessed using a keyboarding software program.

42 Hours

Administrative Professionals have increasingly more responsibilities in today’s work environment. This course will provide a broad overview of the key elements required for the student to find meaningful employment in the office administrative field. Some of the topics covered in this course include: professionalism, effective communication skills, organizational skills, characteristics of ethical organizations, records management, technology and essential soft skills. In-class simulations and discussions provide students with the opportunity to problem solve and participate in group activities.

42 Hours

Semester 2

In this course, students will develop professional communication skills required for success in the workplace. Students will continue to develop and strengthen their oral and written communication skills and critical thinking abilities. During this course, students will use various modes of communication to complete assignments designed to meet program and professional expectations. Students will utilize a variety of technologies for the purpose of creating a professional presence in a digital environment. Students will develop the necessary skills to create polished workplace documents such as letters, resumes, cover letters and reports tailored to specific audiences. Students will learn to conduct themselves with professionalism in both workplace interviews and job searches.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to create clear, concise and coherent workplace and employment documents that are error-free and designed for specific audiences and purposes.  

42 Hours

Improving your knowledge and understanding of the history of the Indigenous peoples of what we now call Canada is an important step to enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, organizations, and communities to work together more respectfully. Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to learn, discuss and reflect about many topics that are relevant in the learning journey towards reconciliation.

42 Hours

In this course, students are introduced to the advanced applications of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Students gain practical experience by applying a series of learning activities, projects and exercises that focus on real-world examples. Advanced applications range from creating a web page from a Word document, to amortization schedules, and data tables, to advanced animation, transitions and sound files for slide show presentations.  Students gain practical knowledge that can be applied directly to the workplace setting.

42 Hours

In this course, students will gain an understanding of computerized accounting concepts using Sage 50 Premium Accounting. Students will gain hands-on experience with computerized applications using real-world examples within the general module, inventory module, accounts payable module, accounts receivable module, and payroll module. A culminating Capstone Project will provide hands-on experience in the creation of an accounting system for a non-profit/small business.

44 Hours

This experiential learning opportunity supports graduates of the Office Administration General Program to gain career-related experience on the job. Students are responsible for finding a suitable placement within their respective communities, where they can apply the principles and skills learned throughout the program. Students are required to complete weekly placement journals and a final project highlighting their experience.

120 Hours

This course is a continuation of Office Procedures where students will continue to analyze and practice the tasks and responsibilities of an administrative assistant in an ever-changing office environment. As an Administrative Professional, you will be “information central”, a valued member of a team in a business or organization where everyone will depend on you to keep the office organized and running efficiently. This course reviews essential responsibilities required to succeed in this field: effective communication tools, managing appointments, planning meetings, arranging business travel. A strong emphasis on the importance of soft skills will be interwoven throughout the course.

44 Hours

In this course, advanced features in Microsoft Word will be examined. A variety of documents incorporating Word features will be produced. The students will develop timesaving skills and techniques when completing applications. Keyboarding speed and accuracy will be reinforced during document preparation, practice sessions, and timed drills.

44 Hours

Canadian employers require graduates with stronger soft skills and, in some workplaces, the value of soft skills surpasses that of hard skills. With a focus on enhancing soft skills, this course has been developed to assist the student in becoming a professional office administrator with excellent communication, leadership, conflict management, collaboration and interpersonal communication skills. Other key themes in this course include selfawareness and mindfulness, professionalism, and diversity in the workplace. The development of effective interview skills will be incorporated throughout the course. This course combines in-class work as well as experiential learning opportunities through scenarios, case studies, and mock interviews.

42 Hours

Semester 3

In this course, students will be introduced to business in Canada, focusing on introductory topics for those interested in employment in a business management role. Topics of study will include the relationships between the areas of finance, human resources, marketing, and operations within an organization, business ethics and social responsibility, management concepts and practices, and an exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit.

42 Hours

In this course, students will be introduced to managing and navigating organizational behaviour in a professional Canadian business environment, at the same time keeping in mind the increasingly interdependent nature of globalization. This course examines management and group dynamics from the manager as well as employee point of view, both in an professional setting. There is significant emphasis on how OB research into the area of workplace experience of managers and employees contributes to the productivity of the organization. The course brings in numerous examples of practical applications with the involvement of the learners from real-life situations and personal experiences to analyze the concepts discussed. There is also key emphasis on developing awareness towards corporate social responsibility and the relation between ethical practices and organizational behaviour.

42 Hours

This course introduces students to the key concepts in effective desktop publishing, including color theory, page layout, graphic design, and font usage. Students will use the, MS Picture Manager, MS Publisher software, Adobe Illustrator, as well as online tools to create a variety of documents for business and marketing. The focus of the course will be on techniques for creating effective and aesthetically pleasing documents for both print and electronic media.

42 Hours

This course will introduce the student to many features and applications of MS Access 2016. Access terminology, the Access 2016 Interface, and the basic characteristics of a database will be followed by topics including creating, querying, maintaining, and presenting a database. Procedures for converting an Excel worksheet to an Access database will also be studied.

42 Hours

This course will focus on the management of law office/department and office etiquette and enable students to identify and work with time management, file management, and client accounts. It will also introduce the student to legal terminology and citation, legal correspondence, and legal documents. The student will learn techniques to organize job searches, draft cover letters, and tailor resumes specifically for law firms.

42 Hours

The processing of business documents requires a synthesis of competencies including technical, communication, listening, problem-solving, and decision making. Students must master language skills including grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling and formatting. Students must demonstrate the ability to use these skills when writing and editing business documents. Paying attention to detail is a critical skill that will be highlighted in this course. Transcription combines the skills of keyboarding and communication skills. A transcriptionist must be capable of simultaneously operating the equipment and software and applying the cognitive communication skills and problem-solving during the process. Formatting, proofreading, and editing business documents from audio files will be required using transcription software. Equally important is the ability to listen for factual information that enables a listener to interpret data and words accurately.

42 Hours

In this course, students will be introduced to the structure of medical terminology—how terms are formed, pronunciation, and meanings. Knowledge of medical terms can more easily be acquired through the study of the structure and workings of the systems of the body. This knowledge will be gained through simple, semi-technical explanations of medical terms, word analysis (combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes), phonetic spellings, practical applications, and exercises.

28 Hours

Semester 4

This course presents a practical study of Canadian business law, including the legal and administrative systems, torts, contracts, employment laws, and general legal considerations that arise for a business. In addition, students will assess intellectual property, patent, trademark, copyright, and franchising laws and apply them to business cases. Students will outline the structure of the Canadian legal system, describe torts and professional liability issues, determine the requirements that form contracts, explain the circumstances that enforce contractual obligations, describe legislation and its function in the marketplace, outline the concepts of real and personal property, and relate Ideas and information laws as they apply to business.

42 Hours

The most successful science communicator of the 20th century, Dr. Carl Sagan explained it best when he said “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology”. This course is designed to address this issue by educating students on the basic operation and function of the information systems that we use on a daily basis. Today everyone makes use of information systems. To be successful in a modern business career you must be able to view information systems from the perspective of business and explain what information systems can and cannot do and be able to use them to help you accomplish your work. You will be expected to discover opportunities to use information systems & to participate in the design solutions to business problems employing information systems.

56 Hours

The processing of documents requires a fusion of competencies, including technical, communication, lilstening, problem solving and decision making.  This course will continue to develop skills previous acquired thrhough Word Processing I and II, Communications, and Business Document Processing I. Language skills will be challenged, and advanced documents (letters, memos, news releases, medical and legal documents etc.) will be transcribed using transcribing equipment and software.

42 Hours

This experiential learning opportunity supports graduates of the Office Administration Executive Program to gain career-related experience on the job. Students are responsible for finding a suitable placement within their respective communities, where they can apply the principles and skills learned throughout the program. Students are required to complete weekly placement journals and a final project highlighting their experience.

112 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

  1. Conduct oneself professionally and adhere to relevant legislation, standards and codes of ethics.
  2. Manage the scheduling, coordination and organization of administrative tasks and workflow within specific deadlines and according to set priorities.
  3. Coordinate the collection, analysis, distribution and response to communications in the workplace to facilitate the flow of information.
  4. Operate and provide support related to the use, maintenance and procurement of office equipment and technologies.
  5. Evaluate, establish and administer a variety of records management systems to ensure confidential, secure, accessible and organized electronic and paper records.
  6. Produce financial documents and reports by identifying and compiling relevant information and using accounting software.
  7. Prepare and produce a variety of business documents using available technologies and applying industry standards.
  8. Use interpersonal, leadership and client service skills to respond to diversity and to support the vision and mission of the organization.
  9. Research, analyze and summarize information on resources and services and prepare summary reports with recommendations.
  10. Select and use information technologies to support communication with internal and external stakeholders and to promote the organization.
  11. Organize and coordinate meetings, conferences, special events and make travel arrangements including the preparation of related documentation.
  12. Support the implementation of projects by applying basic principles of project management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Office Administration Program – Executive who enter the workforce will find opportunities in the following: healthcare, legal, government, industrial, commercial and financial sectors as:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Executive assistant
  • Customer service representative
  • Office administrator
  • Office manager
  • Employed in various workplaces in the private and public sectors

Admissions Information & Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M, U)

Or equivalent


Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic– International English Language Testing System: a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet Based Test (iBT) overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

3. CO-OP Work Permit is mandatory for this program to participate in unpaid program placements.

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentDomesticYear2CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeB012Tuition $2,720.56 Ancillary Fees $845.50 Total $3,566.06
StudentDomesticYear2CampusDistance - CKProgram CodeB273Tuition $2,720.56 Ancillary Fees $672.50 Total $3,393.06
StudentDomesticYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeB275Tuition $2,720.56 Ancillary Fees $876.50 Total $3,597.06
StudentDomesticYear2CampusKirkland Lake - KLProgram CodeB276Tuition $2,720.56 Ancillary Fees $809.50 Total $3,530.06
StudentInternationalYear2CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeB012Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,458.00 Total $16,271.46
StudentInternationalYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeB275Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,489.00 Total $16,302.46
StudentInternationalYear2CampusKirkland Lake - KLProgram CodeB276Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,422.00 Total $16,235.46
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