Degrees and Certificates

Accounting
Accounting/Bookkeeping
Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Accounting

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 95 Credits

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Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Business Administration (BA) 61
Accounting Degree Electives 3
Computer Applications (CAS) 6
Economics (EC) 8
Office Systems (OS) 1
Mathematics (MTH)
4
Writing (WR) 4
General Education Electives 8
Credit Total 95

Career Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree prepares students for work in the accounting field as bookkeepers, accounting clerks, or accounting assistants who summarize and post transactions, prepare invoices, payroll, and trial balances, perform bank reconciliations, record keeping, calculations, data entry, and word processing duties, plus a variety of other accounting and general business activities.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degre, 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 Accounting AAS degree is the final step on the accounting educational ladder within Business & Entrepreneurship studies. The degree program expands on the one-year certificate and includes further coursework in accounting and finance as well as general business and general education. In year two, students develop a greater depth of knowledge in managerial accounting and financial management as well as economics.

Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science General Requirements. In addition, students must meet the General Education Electives requirement. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education Electives.

Program Prerequisites

Completion of: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or placement into: WR 121, no reading required, MTH 60.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 188 Customer Service Skills 2
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 208 Business Ethics 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 4
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 2
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA 222 Financial Management 3
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 228 QuickBooks for Business 3
BA 256 Income Tax 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3

MTH 65 or

MTH 98 (or higher)

Beginning Algebra II or

Quantitative Math

4
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding  3
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics ¹ 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics ¹ 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
General Education Electives 8
Accounting Degree Electives 3
¹ May be used as a general education elective.

Accounting Degree Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting & Finance 3
BA 207 Introduction to E-Commerce 4
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law 4
BA 250 Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures 3
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed & Accuracy 3
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3
CAS 140 Beginning Databases 4
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 270 Intermediate Spreadsheets Using Excel 3
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Accounting/Bookkeeping

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Accounting/Bookkeeping Electives 3
Business Administration (BA) 34
Computer Applications (CAS) 6
Office Systems (OS) 5
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 52

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 52 Credits

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Career Description

The Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in bookkeeping or accounting. Entry-level bookkeepers perform routine tasks such as bank reconciliations, transaction posting, worksheet preparation and data entry, processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, plus general clerical duties such as typing and filing.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to: 

  • Apply math principles 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.
  • Recognize and respectfully address basic ethical conflicts & issues in accounting.
  • Use accounting and financial information for analysis and reporting.

Course of Study

Business & Entrepreneurship studies are designed as career ladders to accommodate both part-time and full-time students. The Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate emphasizes financial accounting and general business plus related courses in applied math, computer applications, and keyboard skills.

The certificate leads to the two-year Accounting AAS degree. All courses in the certificate are contained in the degree.

Students must also meet the general Certificate Requirements.

Program Prerequisites

WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or placement into: WR 121, no reading required, MTH 60.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 205 Business Communication 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 4
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 2
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 228 QuickBooks for Business 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3

CAS 121 or

CAS 122

Beginning Keyboarding ¹
or Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy ¹
3

CAS 170 or

CAS 270

Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel
or Intermediate Spreadsheets using Excel
3
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1
OS 240 Filing & Records Management 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
Accounting/Bookkeeping Electives 3
¹ Students who can touch type more than 40 words per minute should substitute an approved Accounting/Bookkeeping elective.

Approved Accounting/Bookkeeping Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 208 Business Ethics 4
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 256 Income Tax 3

Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Career Pathway Certificate: 16 Credits

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Career Description

The Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Certificate prepares students for an entry-level position in a bookkeeping or accounting department. Entry-level clerks perform routine tasks such as data entry plus other clerical duties such as typing and filing. They often support the accounts payable and receivable functions, organize and match invoices, identify and resolve discrepancies, and process other general business transactions.

Program Outcomes

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

Course of Study

This career pathway certificate is the first step on the accounting educational ladder within Business & Entrepreneurship studies. Students who earn the Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Certificate may then continue on to the one-year and two-year programs in a seamless path. The certificate may also lead to entry-level jobs.

All courses in the certificate are contained in the one-year Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate and the two-year Accounting AAS Degree.

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or placement into WR 121, no reading required and MTH 60.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4

BA 211

Principles of Accounting I

4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4