The Accounting Program is designed for persons interested in obtaining skills that will allow them to seek employment in many areas of the accounting profession. Accounting is a precise, logical and communicative skill. The Accounting Clerk Certificate emphasizes practical skills and prepares graduates for introductory bookkeeping careers. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides a strong background in accounting and business skills and prepares graduates for entry-level accounting positions in private industry, public accounting, nonprofit organizations, and government entities with the potential for advancement to supervisory roles.
Accounting as a discipline has broad employment possibilities in both government and private business. Knowledge and skill in accounting provide excellent background for employment opportunities in business management, government administration, consulting, purchasing, finance and banking. Entry-level positions in accounting generally include accounting clerk, accounting assistant, full-charge bookkeeper, accountant, fiscal analyst, and financial analyst. See Business » Accounting for more career and employment information.
South Puget Sound Community College believes that all students need to develop a broad range of abilities that will not only make them more effective in their professional pursuits but will enhance their capacity to relate well to others in their daily lives.
At the completion of the Accounting Program, the successful student will be able to:
- In a complex setting, students will be able to gather and analyze a variety of information using accounting concepts to draw appropriate and supportable conclusions
- Clearly express in a variety of forms accounting information that is useful to a broad class of decision-makers
- Properly select quantitative and qualitative accounting data and apply a process to the data in order to reach accurate and reliable conclusions
- Recognize ethical dilemmas in the workplace and assess the consequences of these dilemmas
- Identify and adjust to workplace differences in order to operate collaboratively and effectively in an organizational setting
A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in order to earn a certificate or degree and a “C” or better is required in all ACCT courses.
A “C” or better must also be earned in all prerequisite ACCT courses.
General Education Requirements
Complete a minimum of three credits from each of the three categories: Communication; Computation; and Human Relations. A complete list of courses that satisfy the general education requirements may be obtained from the Advising Center in Building 22.
Admission: Students are accepted into the Accounting Program every quarter.
Length of Program: The program takes two years of full-time studies (99-101 credits) for the Associate in Applied Science degree; four quarters of full-time studies (53-63 credits) for the Accounting Clerk Certificate. The time needed to complete the program may be extended if students need to repeat courses in order to meet the program’s grade requirements or if students have basic skills deficiencies.
Additional Program Information
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Certificate of Completion
Shared between our Certificate and Degree
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
AND choose one of the following:
Distribution: AAS, AAS-COMPUTATION
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
General Education Requirements - Associate Degree and Certificate
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, DIVERSITY, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, DIVERSITY, HUMANITIES, NURSING HUMANITIES, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-HUMANITIES
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
Human Relations - choose 3-5 credits from the following:
For certificate-seeking students: CMST& 210, CMST 240 and CMST& 230 may count for two categories
Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised February 28, 2017