Degrees and Certificates

Accounting
Accounting/Bookkeeping
Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Accounting

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 94 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

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Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Business Administration (BA) 60
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 94

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

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

This 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.

Program Prerequisites

While the Accounting AAS degree is open-entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the degree: college entry-level competencies in English and computational skills. Completion of: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or placement into: WR 121, not reading required, MTH 60. Additional skill requirements for individual business courses are listed in the course description section of the 2019-20 catalog. To be awarded this degree, students must also complete all core requirements from the Associate of Applied Science Degree

 

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting¹ 3
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 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 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
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 Computer Accounting Applications 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: Microeconomics² 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics² 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
General Education Electives 8
Accounting Degree Electives 3
1 Students who have completed high school bookkeeping or have had work experience with full-cycle bookkeeping responsibilities should substitute an Accounting Degree elective and start the accounting series with BA 211 in the second term.
2 May be used as a general edcation elective.

Accounting Degree Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 207 Introduction to E-Commerce 4
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
BA 250 Small Business Management 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 4
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4

Accounting/Bookkeeping

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Accounting/Bookkeeping Electives 3
Business Administration (BA) 37
Computer Applications (CAS) 6
Office Systems (OS) 5
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 55

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 55 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
Gainful Employment

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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

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

The program emphasizes bookkeeping and accounting specialty courses plus keyboarding, in addition to general business microcomputer applications courses. The Accounting/Bookkeeping 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.

Program Prerequisites

While the Accounting Clerk certificate is open entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the certificate: college entry-level competencies in English and computational skills. 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 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 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
CAS 121
Beginning Keyboarding2
3
CAS 122
Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy2
3
CAS 170
Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel
3
CAS 270
Intermediate Spreadsheets using Exel
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 have completed high school bookkeeping or have had work experience with full-cycle bookkeeping responsibilities should substitute an approved Accounting degree 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 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: 15 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

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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

Career Pathway Certificates are short-term educational goals geared towards specific areas in Business Administration. These certificates will address the need for a logical pathway of success for students. Students will be able to earn the certificate and then continue on to our existing one-year and two-year programs in a seamless path. These certificates may also lead toward entry-level jobs. The Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Certificate is a career pathway. All courses in the certificate are contained in the Accounting AAS Degree.

Program Prerequisites

While the Entry-Level Accounting Clerk certificate is open entry, the following prerequisites are required for some courses within the certificate: 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 111 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4