Executive Assistant Program

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Our Executive Assistant program is designed to help students gain the software and business skills needed to succeed in the modern office. Administrative assistants and executive assistants can be found working in schools, government agencies, and corporate settings across a broad range of industries. Responsibilities vary but often include:

  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the office
  • Organizing and maintaining files and records, both paper and electronic
  • Planning and scheduling meetings and appointments
  • Managing projects and conducting research
  • Purchasing supplies
  • Preparing and editing correspondence, reports, and presentations
  • Making travel and guest arrangements
  • Planning and coordinating events
  • Providing a good first impression of the business

Students learn to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint in addition to strengthening their typing skills and studying office procedures and communication. Upon graduation, students are prepared to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification, strengthening their resumes and proving their software skills to employers. In addition to one-on-one instructor support and personalized graduate support, students receive ebooks and a Microsoft Office Specialist exam voucher. Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a University of Utah Executive Assistant program completion award.

This program is offered in partnership with CareerStep.

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Class Details

Schedule:The Executive Assistant training program includes 165 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced, the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows. Completion time varies based on time commitment to the course. Many students are able to complete their training program in as little as 1 or 2 months. Students who devote approximately 10 hours per week may finish in about 4 months.

Tuition: $2,999

  • MyCAA approved
  • Not eligible for the University of Utah tuition reduction benefit

Location: Online


  • In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.
  • Every student who enrolls in the Executive Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of enrollment. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month enrollment, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.


Flexible program fits your schedule.
You can start the program any time, and it’s self-paced to fit your schedule. You can complete it in as little as 2 months or can take the full 6 months to complete the program.

Expert-designed and supported career training.
Our program was built by experts with decades of experience to ensure you gain the skills you need to excel in this field, and your trainers are available by phone, email, and chat to help you learn the material.

Gain skills in a quickly growing field.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that this field will grow by nearly 119,000 new jobs. Job opportunities are expected to be especially high for those who have a strong background in computer software applications, and with training you will train on Microsoft Office software so you can become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate Credential.

Digital badge.
Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital badge upon satisfactory completion of all required courses.

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for the following individuals:

  • Those wishing to touch on all key aspects of a company’s operations, including scheduling, managing office perks, onboarding new employees, implementing processes that affect all employees, and designing office layouts.
  • Learners interested in the flexibility to adjust the time and effort you devote to your coursework each day.
Professional Education at the University of Utah

Phone: 801-585-1780
E-mail: proed@continue.utah.edu
Online Contact Form

Career Step (Educational Partner)

Phone: 877-225-7151