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Accounting

Program Overview

Using a hands-on learning approach, this program teaches the skills and procedures used in measuring, recording, analyzing and communicating financial information. Various aspects of the accounting profession are covered including income taxes, payroll accounting, cost accounting, business law and business communications. This program prepares students to take the ACAT test to become an Accredited Business Advisor (ABA). The accounting program provides the foundation for a wide variety of professional business opportunities.

Program Plan


Accounting Certificate (30 credits)

ENGL 1277 Technical Communications (4)     OR     ENGL 1276 College Composition (4)
ACCP 1210 Principles of Accounting I (4)
ACCP 1216 Payroll Accounting (3)
ACCP 1231 Business Math (3)
ACCP 1252 Principles of Accounting II (4)
ACCP 1258 Computerized Spreadsheets (2)
ACCP 1260 Computerized Accounting (3)
ACCP 2260 Cost Accounting I (4)
COCP 1201 Microsoft Office Basics (2)
PTCG 1225 Job Seeking (1)


A.A.S. Degree (30 additional credits)

PHIL 1271 Critical Thinking in Modern Society (3)
SPCH 1270 Introduction to Speech (3)
General Education requirements, Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, Goal Area #4 -- Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3)
General Education Elective (2)
ACCP 1201 Business Law (3)
ACCP 2250 Intermediate Accounting I (4)
ACCP 2265 Income Taxes (3)
ACCP 2290 Accounting Comprehensive Review (3)
MGMT 1200 Principles of Management (3)
MGMT 1205 Introduction to Business (3)

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program 

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Career and Employment Information 

Employment of accounting and auditing clerks is projected to grow by 12 percent from now through 2016 -- as fast as the average for all occupations. Due to the size and scope of the accounting and financial industry, this occupation will see a large spike in new jobs becoming available, about 264,000, between the years 2008 through 2016.

Some job openings are expected to result from job growth, but even more openings will stem from the need to replace existing workers who leave. Each year, numerous jobs will become available as clerks transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2008, the median annual salary of accounting and auditing clerks was $31,560. The middle half of the occupation earned between $25,540 and $38,780. The top 10 percent of accounting and auditing clerks earned more than $47,020, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $20,760.

Gainful Employment Program Information