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Accounting
Accounting Clerk
Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Accounting

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 92 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Business Administration (BA) 50
Business Program Elective 11
Office Systems (OS) 1
Economics EC) 8
Computer Applications (CAS) 6
Philosophy (PHL) 4
Writing (WR) 4
General Education Electives 8
Credit Total 92

Career Description

The Associate of Applied Science Accounting Program prepares students for entry into the accounting field as bookkeepers, accounting clerks or accounting assistants who perform routine calculations, posting and typing duties, check items on reports, summarize and post data in designated books and perform a variety of other duties such as preparing invoices or monthly statements, preparing payrolls, verifying bank accounts, keeping record files and making periodic reports of business activities.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the AAS in Accounting degree will develop skills and knowledge appropriate for entry-level bookkeeping and accounting positions. Upon successful completion of this AAS-Accounting degree, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze, record, and report accounting information in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  • Communicate effectively with business professionals.
  • Practice within the legal, ethical, and economic standards of the business environment.
  • Develop and interpret accounting and financial information for decision making.

Course of Study

The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program includes accounting and specialty courses in addition to general business and general education courses. Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting¹ 3
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA 222 Financial Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 242 Introduction to Investments 3
BA 256 Income Tax 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3

CAS 170 or

CAS 171

Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel

Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel

3

CAS 216 or

CAS 217

Beginning Word or

Intermediate Word

3
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics² 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics² 4
PHL 202 Ethics 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
General Education Electives 8
Business Program Electives 11
¹ Students who have completed high school bookkeeping or have had work experience with full-cycle bookkeeping responsibilities should substitute a business elective and start the accounting series with BA 211 in the second term.
² May be used as a general eucation elective.

Approved Business Program Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 203 Introduction to International Business 3
BA 207 Introduction to E-Commerce 4
BA 215 Basic Cost Accounting 3
BA 218 Personal Finance 3
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 238 Principles of Sales 3
BA 239 Advertising 3
BA 249 Principles of Retailing & E-tailing 3
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 280A CE: Business Experience varied
BA 280B CE: Business Experience-Seminar 1
CAS 109 Digital Presentations 1
CAS 111D Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver 3
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed & Accuracy 3
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3
CAS 133 Intro to Office Software 4
CAS 140 Beginning Databases 4
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 231 Desktop Publishing 3
CAS 246 Integrated Computer Projects 4
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Accounting Clerk

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Business Administration (BA) 30
Accounting Clerk Economics Electives 4
Accounting Clerk CAS Electives 3
Business Program Electives 3
Writing (WR) 4
Computer Application Systems (CAS) 3
Office Systems (OS) 1
Credit Total 48

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 48 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
Gainful Employment

Career Description

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in bookkeeping. Entry-level bookkeepers perform routine tasks such as bank reconciliations, journalizing, posting, worksheets, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, plus clerical duties such as typing and filing.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze, record, and report accounting information in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  • Communicate effectively with business professionals.
  • Recognize basic ethical conflicts & issues in accounting.
  • Use accounting and financial information for analysis and reporting.

Course of Study

The program emphasizes bookkeeping and accounting specialty courses plus keyboarding, in addition to general business microcomputer applications courses. The Accounting Clerk certificate is related to the Accounting AAS degree, and, as such, all course work in the certificate may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting¹ 3
BA 131 Intoduction to Business Technology 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3

CAS 121 or

CAS 122

Beginning Keyboarding² or

Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy²

3
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1
WR 121 English Composition 4
Accounting Clerk Economics Electives³ 4
Business Program Electives 3
Accounting Clerk CAS Electives 3
¹ Students who have completed high school bookkeeping or have had work experience with full-cycle bookkeeping responsibilities should substitute an approved business elective and start the accounting series with BA 211 in the second term.
² Students who can touch type more than 40 words per minute should substitute an approved business elective.
³ Students considering the Associate of Applied Science (Accounting) degree are recommended to take EC 201 or EC 202.

Approved Business Program Electives

Choose a minimum of 3 credits from the following list:

Course Name Credits
BA 203 Introduction to International Business 3
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 207 Introduction to E-Commerce 4
BA 213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA 215 Basic Cost Accounting 3
BA 218 Personal Finance 3
BA 222 Financial Management 3
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 238 Principles of Sales 3
BA 239 Advertising 3
BA 242 Introduction to Investments 3
BA 249 Principles of Retailing & E-tailing 3
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 256 Income Tax 3
BA 280A CE: Business Experience 3
BA 280B CE: Business Experience-Seminar 1
CAS 109 Digital Presentations 1
CAS 111D Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver 3
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3
CAS 133 Intro to Office Software 4
CAS 140 Beginning Databases 4
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 231 Desktop Publishing 3
CAS 246 Integrated Computer Projects 4
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Accounting Clerk CAS Electives

Choose a minimum of 3 credits from the following list:

Course Name Credits
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3

Accounting Clerk Economic Electives

Choose a minimum of 4 credits from the following list:

Course Name Credits
EC 200 Introduction to Economics 4
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 4

Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Career Pathway Certificate: 14 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Career Description

Skills gained in this program can lead to a variety of jobs that support the accounting and finance functions within an organization.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze, record, and report accounting information.
  • Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  • Communicate effectively with business professionals.

Course of Study

Minimum 14 credit hours. Students must also meet certificate requirements. The Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Certificate is a career pathway. All courses in the certificate are contained in the Accounting AAS Degree.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3