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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.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.


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

As a paraprofessional in the accounting field, the accounting clerk analyzes, inputs the essential information about the operations of a business into the company's accounting system. 

An accounting clerk should have an above-average aptitude for working with numbers and the ability to concentrate and communicate. In addition, students should be detail oriented and able to work within timed deadlines. Accounting affords a continuing challenge to creative, alert minds.

Students will earn an Accounting Clerk Certificate after completing the first three quarters of the AAS degree. Students can continue and earn an Accounting Assistant AAS after completing another three quarters of study. The certificate is ideally arranged for a fall quarter start; however, you may start any quarter with the assistance of an advisor to rearrange the course sequence. 

All students graduating with this certificate must have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the accounting, economics, business, management, and management information systems courses. Students must also have a 2.0 cumulative minimum grade point average in all required courses in this program.  

With the assistance of a program advisor, these courses can be sequenced so the certificate can be completed fully online. 

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Total Program Credits: 45

Program Courses

First Quarter

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

Second Quarter

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

Third Quarter

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

1 These courses may be substituted with ACCT& 201 and 202.
2 May be substituted with BT 274 or permission of instructor.

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
$ 4,621
$ 5,730
$ 10,571
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 27
$ 27
$ 27
Institutional Fees
$ 1,606
$ 1,606
$ 1,606
Total Costs
$ 6,956
$ 8,065
$ 12,906

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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