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Bookkeeping Assistant Certificate
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The Bookkeeping Assistant certificate provides the student with a basic understanding of accounting principles and procedures, business and accounting computer software, and computational skill-building. It is designed to provide foundational skill development and incremental course completion that can be applied to the Bookkeeping certificate, Computerized Accounting Technology certificate, and the Accounting AAS degree. In addition, students will broaden their understanding of the accounting field through real-world job shadowing experiences in the public and/or private sector. This is an I-BEST supported certificate.

Learning Outcomes
  • • Use office support accounting terminology

  • • Apply basic computer skills to accounting office support functions

Prerequisites

Certificate Prerequisites: Placement into ENGL&101 or previous transcripts showing completion of ENGL 98 or above with minimum grade of 2.0. Tests must have been taken within the last 2 years.

I-BEST Program Prerequisites:  The I-BEST program allows students who do not meet the above prerequisites to start earlier with supporting instruction. All I-BEST applicants must meet with the I-BEST Coordinator and meet the following test score requirements. All tests must have been taken within the last 6 months:

ESC and ABE CASAS must have test scores with a minimum score of 227 in Reading and Math.

 

Course Prerequisites: Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry- level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this degree with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.

Curriculum

 Program Requirements

Course Number

Certificate Requirements (24 credits)

Credit Hours

ACCT 110

Introduction to Accounting/Bookkeeping

5

BUS 115

Computational Skill Building

2

BUS 124

Excel for Business

5

ACCT 131*

QuickBooks (see Note 1)

5

BUS 169

Using Computers in Business

5

CWE 101 or

CWE 102

Portfolio, Job Search, and Interviewing or

Job Shadowing

2

Total Credits: 24
(excluding pre-requisites)

Notes: 1. Must have ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201 or permission.
Total Credits
24
Total Credits -- Minimum
24.00
Sequence

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter: BUS 115, BUS 169, ACCT 110

2nd quarter: BUS 124, ACCT 131, CWE 101 or CWE 102

 

Sequence Type
Suggested
Notes

Program Outcomes:

• Use office support accounting terminology

• Apply basic computer skills to accounting office support functions
 

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-3021.02
 

What are some potential job titles?

• Billing Clerk

• Accounting Assistant

• Office Clerk
 

Wages, employment trends and pathways

http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-3021.02#WagesEmployment

 

Always contact advising office first for questions and/or planning:

NSC Advising Office:      (206) 934-3658                  northseattle.edu/advising

Program Website:           northseattle.edu/programs/i-best-accounting

 

Accounting Department

Program Contacts:

Joseph (Joe) Smith
(206) 934-4525
joseph.smith@seattlecolleges.edu

Marla Lockhart
(206) 934-6026
marla.lockhart@seattlecolleges.edu

I-BEST Program Contact:

Sara Stapleton
(206) 934-7015
sara.stapleton@seattlecolleges.edu