Accounting

Associate of Applied Science 

 

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Do you love solving problems and like consistency? Accounting might be a good fit for you. Take an interest assessment and find out! Then learn more about what it's like to work in accounting.

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Learn about accounting careers 

 

 

Which degree or certificate is right for me? 

We offer a number of degrees and certificates in Business, Accounting, and related subjects. Make sure you choose the program that will help you meet your goals! 

Accounting Certificates Add Up to a Degree

TCC’s Accounting program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of business accounting environments. The program structure is progressive, leading to four levels of achievement associated with increasing levels of job responsibility. The certificates can be taken as stand-alone options or applied to the Associates in Applied Sciences degree. TCC also offers specialized accounting certificates in Computerized Accounting and Tax Preparation.

Upon completion of this AAS degree program, students may continue their education and work towards a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in a business-related field at a number of Washington State community and technical colleges. Those students intending to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor of Business degree may be required to take additional courses depending on the requirements of the particular program or degree. Students who plan to transfer should meet with the program chair to plan their course selection and sequence.

We'll Work with You on Prerequisites

The classes required to earn these certificates do have prerequisites. But if you're interested in earning a certificate to advance your career, you won't necessarily be starting from scratch. After you submit your transcripts, we'll work with you on placement.

Questions?

Contact Program Chair Annalee Rothenberg.

253-566-5181

Accounting Certificates + Associate of Applied Science Degree

The first- year certificates can be taken as stand-alone options or applied to a degree. Each certificate builds on the one before. 

Accounting Office Associate Certificate
Assistant Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate
Bookkeeping Systems Certificate
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Degree Elective Options

Certificate Program 

(15 credits)

This 15-credit certificate can be taken as a stand-alone option, or it can be applied to the Associates in Applied Sciences degree. Prepares students for entry-level employment in office support positions. Take PSYC 100 for transfer-level Leadership and Human Relations.




Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5 F, W, SP
CU 105 Word I, Excel I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 164 Leadership & Human Relations (may substitute PSYC 100 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
  Total Credits: 15  

Certificate Program

(As Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate: 15 credits, + Accounting Office Certificate = 30 credits)

This 15-credit certificate can be taken as a stand-alone option, or it can be applied to the Associates in Applied Sciences degree. Prepares students for entry-level positions as assistant clerks in accounts payable or accounts receivable.

Prerequisite: You must first complete the Accounting Office Associate Certificate. Take Math 147 for transfer-level math.

 

 

 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5 F, W, SP
CU 105 Word I, Excel I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 164 Leadership & Human Relations (may substitute PSYC 100 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
  Total Credits: 15  

 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 110 Business Math (may substitute Math 147 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5 F, W, SP, S
Total Credits:   15  

Total with these 15 additional credits: 30

Certificate Program 

(15 credit Bookkeeping Systems Certificate + 2 Prerequisite Certificates: 45 credits)

This 15-credit certificate can be taken as a stand-alone option, or it can be applied to the Associates in Applied Sciences degree. Prepares students for entry-level positions as accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll clerks. You must first complete the Assistant Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate. ACCT 145 may be used for the CPA exam’s 5th year requirement. 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5 F, W, SP
CU 105 Word I, Excel I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 164 Leadership & Human Relations (may substitute PSYC 100 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
  Total Credits: 15  

 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 110 Business Math (may substitute Math 147 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5 F, W, SP, S
Total Credits:   15  

 

Required Classes      
Number  Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 145 Payroll and Business Taxes 5 SP
BUS 280 Career Readiness Skills 2 F, W, SP, S
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5 F, W, SP, S
CU 203 Excel II 3  
 Total Credits:   15

Total with these 15 additional credits: 45

Associate of Applied Science Degree

(45 additional credits + 3 prerequisite certificates = total 90 credits)

Prepares students for entry-level accounting positions that work with integrated accounting systems. To complete the AAS Accounting degree students must first complete the Bookkeeping Systems Certificate.

With the addition of 45 credits from the three accounting certificates, the Associate of Applied Science Degree is 90 credits.

Note: ACCT 165 and ACCT 175 may be used toward the CPA exam's 5th year requirement. BUS & 201 is a transfer-level class.

 

 

 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5 F, W, SP
CU 105 Word I, Excel I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 164 Leadership & Human Relations (may substitute PSYC 100 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
  Total Credits: 15  

 

Required Classes
Number Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS 110 Business Math (may substitute Math 147 for transfer level) 5 F, W, SP, S
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5 F, W, SP, S
Total Credits:   15  
Required Classes      
Number  Title Credits Quarter Offered
ACCT 145 Payroll and Business Taxes 5 SP
BUS 280 Career Readiness Skills 2 F, W, SP, S
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5 F, W, SP, S
CU 203 Excel II 3  
 Total Credits:   15

 

 

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits  
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II 5 F, W, SP
ACCT 165 Accounting with Sage 5 F
ACCT 175 Accounting QuickBooks 5 W
ACCT 290 Work Internship 5 F, W, SP, S
BUS& 201 Business Law 5 F, W, SP, S
ACCT 250 Federal Income Tax 5 F
Electives Choose from ACCT, BUS, CU, ECON, ENGL, HD, HIM 130, HIM 195, IT 246 of 247, LOG, MATH, MO 101 or 110 15-16 Varies
  Total Credits: 45  

Total with these additional 45 credits: 90

Foucsed Electives for Associate of Applied Science Degree

Electives (15-16 credits) can be bundled with these focus options:

Accounting for Entrepreneurs Focus

BUS 140 Marketing and Business development

BUS 160 Small Business Entrepreneurship

BUS 232 Project Management

 

Accounting for Healthcare Focus

HIM 130 Medical Terminology

HIT 195 Health Law and Ethics

MO 101 Healthcare Delivery and Alternate Care

MO 110 Medical Office Procedures

 

Accounting Information Systems Focus

CU 110 Access

CU 210 Access II

IT 246 Database Implementation

IT 274 Network Security Fundamentals

 

 

Specialized Accounting Certificates

These certificates are designed for individuals who are currently employed in the workforce and returning to school to enhance or update skills for the accounting industry. Courses taken for these certificates can be applied to the Accounting AS degree.

Resources

Gainful Employment Initiative

Program costs and employment outlook provided by Gainful Employment initiative - Assistant Bookkeeping Clerk 

Program costs and employment outlook provided by Gainful Employment initiative - Bookkeeping Systems 

Internship Sites 

See the list of available internship sites for TCC's Accounting program.