Jul 23, 2024  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Specialist

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Offered at Main Campus

The Accounting Specialist program is an 18-month (six-term) program designed to prepare students for employment in the accounting field. Students will be prepared to provide accounting support by completing courses in accounting, taxes, payroll, business and data base. The curriculum incorporates up-to-date software applications, including accounting software, spreadsheets and payroll. The courses are designed to demonstrate competency in identifying, analyzing, recording and interpreting business transactions and financial statements.

To enroll, complete an application and attend any required academic orientation and information session. Students may enroll in this program at the beginning of fall term.

Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the objects of  financial accounting.
  2. Explain and utilize data for product costing and management decision making.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use spreadsheets and databases for business reports, queries, and calculations.
  4. Apply information from tables or graphs to locate malfunctions or selected actions.
  5. Be able to use computerized accounting systems.
  6. Understand the types of tax authority and the major sections of Form 1040.
  7. Be able to communicate effectively, both written and orally.
  8. Recognize the importance of ethical behavior in the business world.
  9. Understand the business environment including the theory, nature, and methods of economics in the public and private sector.
  10. Access and evaluate data effectively.
  11. Create an effective work environment to be able to make decisions efficiently.
  12. Develop sequential instructions.
  13. Given a problem, identify and evaluate alternative solutions and arrive at a workable solution.
  14. Identify cause and effect relationship.
Program Total: 74 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Term III

Total: 13 Credits

Term IV

Total: 13 Credits

Total: 11 Credits

Term VI

Total: 10 Credits

Additional Completion of AA degree

Students who wish to complete an Associate of Arts degree along with this program can do so by taking these additional courses, pending that their built-in-Science Elective has a lab component. For the Humanities elective, the student should choose a three credit Literature. The Math elective should be MAT110 or higher.

  • Distributed Core Electives - Credits: 7.00
  • Composition II - Credits: 3.00
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts Electives - Credits: 5.00
  • Math or Science Electives - Credits: 2.00
  • Social Science Electives - Credits: 3.00
  • How to be Successful in College - Credit: 3.00
  • U.S. History or Western Civilization - Credits: 3.00

It should be noted, that all courses in this program may not transfer as the Business Transfer Major AA courses do.  Students are encouraged to talk with the 4 year college/uninversity they plan to transfer to regarding transferability of courses.

For A.A. degree required course options see General Education Course Requirements (A.A., A.S.)  


*Refer to General Education Course Requirements (A.A.S.)  for approved courses.

**Optional Courses


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