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  • Accounting

    Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
    Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer, Full- or Part-Time.
     

    • Accounting — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
    • Accountant — Diploma (45 credits)
    • Accounting Technician — Certificate (30 credits)
    • Accounting Clerk — Certificate (9 credits)

About the Program

Century's comprehensive program offers you an overview of the profession, from accounting practice fundamentals to advanced accounting principles. It offers the opportunity to study the basics of accounting or continue on and study more advanced accounting principles. Century's accounting program prepares you for a variety of positions, from an entry-level job as a clerk to a manager in an accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll department. This is important because the professionals who have the skills and abilities to do a wider range of bookkeeping and accounting activities will be in greater demand than specialized clerks.

This degree is designed to prepare the student for entry level positions ranging from management of accounts payable and accounts receivable to a position that requires the professional skills to be a full charge accountant. The second year of the program will emphasize research of financial and managerial accounting topics, the development of professional contracts and writing professional reports. The graduate will find employment opportunities in profit and non-profit entities.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Billing Clerks
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks

Salary Data

Billing Clerk
Average Wage: $18.48/hour
Top Earners: $24.55/hour

Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks
Average Wage: $19.78/hour
Top Earners: $27.65/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

Accounting - AAS 60 credits

  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in accounting at other colleges and universities.
  • Be aware of professional ethics in the accounting field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically to identify and solve accounting problems.
  • Understand the accountant/client relationship.
  • Communicate effectively and work in teams as is appropriate in the accounting field.

Accountant - Diploma 45 credits

  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate degrees in accounting at other colleges and universities.
  • Be aware of professional ethics in the accounting field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically to identify and solve accounting problems.
  • Understand the accountant/client relationship.
  • Communicate effectively and work in teams as is appropriate in the accounting field.

Accounting Technician - Certificate 30 credits

  • Qualified for an accounting clerk, technician, bookkeeper, or entry-level accountant at certain companies.
  • Be aware of professional ethics in the accounting field.
  • Create accounting reports and financial statements.
  • Apply and perform skills in accounting for payroll.
  • Identify, interpret, and apply tax law to income tax preparations.

Accounting Clerk - AS 9 credits

  • Apply and perform skills in accounting for payroll.
  • Demonstrate academic skills in accounting skills at an entry level in accounting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically to identify and solve accounting problems.
  • Qualified for an accounting clerk, technician, bookkeeper, or entry level accountant at certain companies.

Prerequisites

Proficiency in keyboarding (30 WPM or OFFT 1001)