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Accounting Specialized Para-Professional

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting Specialized Para-Professional program prepares the student for entry into the accounting field as an accounting clerk, or a junior accountant who performs a variety of routine calculating and verification tasks; summarizes and posts data in designated books; performs a variety of other duties such as making invoices or monthly statements, preparing payrolls, verifying bank accounts, keeping record files, making periodic reports of business activities, and listing and checking details as instructed. He or she may devise, install and supervise the operation of general accounting, budget, and cost systems either manually or by computer. Computer application skills are important.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Summer
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3149 Accounting

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
ACC112Accounting Principles II3
ACC115Computerized Accounting2
ACC212Managerial Accounting3
ACC219Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC221Tax Accounting3
ACC222Payroll Accounting3
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access - Database Management (3) OR
CIS117AMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level I (1) AND
CIS117BMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level II (1) AND
CIS117CMDatabase Management: Microsoft Access - Level III (1)3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC220Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC270++Any Accounting Internship course(s) (1-3) OR
ACC296++Any Cooperative Education course(s) (1-4)1-4
CIS159Visual Basic Programming I3
CIS162ACVisual C++: Level I3
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I3
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GBS221Business Statistics3
IBS101Introduction to International Business3
MGT229Management and Leadership I3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
CWE198++Any Career Work Experience course(s) in Accounting/Business1-3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 18-22
General Education CoreCredits: 9-12
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 0
Met by MAT120 (5) or MAT122 (3) or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course in Required Courses area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 9-10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 2-3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.2-3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Define the basic principles of financial accounting and apply them to business problems. (ACC111)
  • Report financial accounting information for partnerships and corporations. (ACC112)
  • Perform common accounting operations on a microcomputer accounting system. (ACC115)
  • Use accounting information in the decision-making process for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses. (ACC212)
  • Apply accounting principles to establishing asset values, recognizing liabilities and to problems of income determination. (ACC219)
  • Interpret income tax laws related to accounting procedures and apply that knowledge to varied accounting systems and types of businesses. (ACC221)
  • Create, edit and print electronic spreadsheets using business math formulas. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Compute percentages, ratios, interest, and other mathematical values. (MAT120, MAT122)
  • Describe the economic, social and political responsibilities of business enterprises. (GBS151)
  • Communicate information and ideas in a clear, concise, and correct business style. (GBS233)
  • Prepare payroll and reports. (ACC222)
  • Create, edit, sort and update file data and generate valid reports using single and multiple files. (BPC117)

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