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Accounting

If you enjoy working with people and numbers, a career in accounting may be for you.

In this program, you learn basic bookkeeping, payroll accounting, computerized accounting with QuickBooks, business tax accounting and introductory managerial accounting. You also study economics, business law and human relations, and learn to use software programs, such as Excel.

Whether you want to work for a small business, in a large corporation, or for a governmental agency, the accounting program at SCC prepares you with the skills you need to succeed.

Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree

We also offer an Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree. This a statewide articulated transfer degree agreement for business majors between the community colleges and most four-year institutions in the state of Washington. A candidate for the Associate in Business degree must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements.

  1. Analyze financial data and prepare statistical comparisons for use in the budgeting process.
  2. Assist in determination of inventory order quantities, cash requirements, capital investment decisions, and break-even analysis.
  3. Use various types of office machines.
  4. Post and/or supervise the posting of accounts receivable and payable.
  5. Help maintain data processing applications of routine accounting systems.
  6. Have a basic comprehension of business operations, a knowledge of business vocabulary, and an understanding of economic systems.
  7. Prepare monthly, quarterly or annual business and payroll tax reports.
  8. Process payroll related transactions.

As a paraprofessional in the accounting field, the accounting assistant analyzes and interprets the essential information about the operations of a business and contributes vitally to important policies and decisions.

An accounting assistant should have an above-average aptitude for working with numbers and the ability to concentrate and communicate. Accounting affords a continuing challenge to creative, alert minds.

In addition to earning an AAS at the completion of the six-quarter program, students will earn an Accounting Clerk Certificate after completing the first three-quarters of the AAS degree, and an Accounting Assistant AAS after completing the full six quarters of the program. All students graduating from this program must have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the accounting, business, economics, and management courses. Students must also have a 2.0 cumulative minimum grade point average in all required courses in this program.

This degree is non-transferable to a four-year university. Students working toward the associate in arts degree for transfer to a four-year institution should consult individually with an advisor or counselor for planning the Business DTA or AA degree program. For information on Business DTA and AA degree requirements, refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of the CCS catalog. More information on specific transfer programs can be found in the Academic Programs section of the CCS catalog.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

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Total Program Credits: 90


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 151
College Accounting I   1
5
BT 152
College and Career Strategies  
3
BUS 103
Basic Business Math and Electronic Calculators  
5
Total Credits
 
13

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 141
QuickBooks Online  
5
ACCT 152
College Accounting II   1
5
BT 204
Spreadsheet Design and Analysis  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 161
Payroll Procedures  
5
ACCT 162
Business Tax Accounting  
2
BT 272
Business Correspondence   2
5
BUS& 101
Introduction to Business  
5
Total Credits
 
17

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 212
Accounting Applications and Analysis   3
5
ACCT 221
Tax I: Individual Income Tax  
5
MIS 211
Information Technology in Business  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 204
Accounting Integration  
5
BUS& 201
Business Law  
5
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT 288
Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar)  
2
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business  
5
 
Business Electives   4
8
Total Credits
 
15
BT 160
Job Preparation Techniques  
3
BUS 100
Money Management  
3
BUS 217
Business Statistics  
5
CATT 120
Microsoft Word I  
2.5
CATT 241
Microsoft Project  
2.5
ECON&201
Micro Economics  
5
ECON&202
Macro Economics  
5
MMGT 101
Principles of Management  
5
MMGT 181
Leadership Training-DEC  
1 - 5
MMGT 205
Small Business Planning  
5
MMGT 223
Customer Service  
3
MMGT 243
Fundamentals of Project Management  
5
1 These courses may be substituted with ACCT& 201 and 202.
2 This course may be substituted with BT 274 or permission of instructor.
3 May be substituted with ACCT& 203
4 Select courses from the list of approved business electives. Please see accounting department for additional options and additional accounting co-op credits.
Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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