AccountingAssociate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
This program prepares students for entry-level accounting positions. The program includes accounting and business skills as well as college transfer and supporting courses designed to strengthen the students' self-assurance and leadership qualities. Students complete 90 credits of coursework, resulting in an Accounting AAS.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)||Full Time: 6
Part Time: 10
|90.0 - 93.0|
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
Program Pathway Map
Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.
There are no entry requirements for this program
- Collect, prepare, analyze, and interpret financial information to produce financial reports and schedules.
- Design and use models to make critical decisions, and arrive at valid and reliable conclusions using quantitative data appropriately.
- Describe and follow GAAP and government regulations, including taxation.
- Demonstrate technological proficiency in accounting software, bank reconciliations, journals, and ledgers.
- Bookkeeping / Accounting / and Auditing Clerk
- Brokerage Clerks
- Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
- Statistical Assistant
- Tax Preparers
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
Part Time Cost
|$10,721.70 - $11,079.09||$12,153.60 - $12,558.72||$27,622.80 - $28,543.56|
Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.
This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:
- Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
- Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
- Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.
- Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Introduction to Accounting/Bookkeeping I
Course Substitute : ACCT&201 - Principles of Accounting I ( 5 credits )
This introductory class covers the development of the accounting cycle for a sole proprietorship, from business transactions through closing entries and financial statements. Includes service and merchandising types of businesses, special journals, banking services, and payroll.
Introduction to Accounting/Bookkeeping II
Course Substitute : ACCT&202 - Principles of Accounting II ( 5 credits)
Explores specialized accounting procedures for merchandising businesses and partnerships. Intro to accounting for corporations. Prereq: ACCT 110 with 2.0 or higher.
Hands-on use of QuickBooks Online to record business transactions, prepare customer invoices, pay vendors, and record payroll. QuickBooks organizes and summarizes all financial data and produces a myriad of reports. Course culminates with a certification exam through Intuit to become an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User. Prereq: ACCT& 201 or ACCT 110 or instructor permission.
Principles of Accounting III
Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision-making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT 120, ACCT& 202 or permission (C, N); ACCT 120 or ACCT& 202 or instructor permission (S).
Individual Income Tax
Introduction to individual tax laws (as opposed to business tax laws). Includes preparation of individual income tax forms using text and/or web based sites or income tax software. PLEASE NOTE: This class is typically offered every quarter (typical class offerings may change depending on student enrollment and other factors).
Basic principles, practices, and governmental regulations (Federal, Washington State and local) involved in business tax accounting. Includes filing returns, record-keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT&201
In CWE 110, students apply theory and skills learned in previously completed courses to their internship work site. Students write learning objectives, participate in online discussions, have performance evaluations, and share/reflect on their experiences through oral presentation and a final essay. Hybrid course meets 2x during the quarter. Read instructor notes for meeting dates and times. Credits variable (2-3). Prerequisite: CWE 101 or Instructor permission.
Choose from any of the courses listed below to meet total credits required for Electives
Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships
This course provides a comprehensive study of the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Basic tax research and the theory of taxation are also developed.. Prereq: ACCT& 202 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.
Accounting for Not-For-Profit and Government Entities
This course is an overview of accounting for not-for-profit and government entities. It covers basic accounting principles and procedures relating to not-for-profit and government organizations. It includes financial statement preparation and analysis. PLEASE NOTE: This class is typically offered TWO times per year: Summer and Winter quarters (typical class offerings may change depending on student enrollment and other factors). Prereq: ACCT&201 and ACCT&202 or permission.
Not for Profit Financial Management
This course provides the fundamentals of financial management for those pursuing careers within the public, health, and not-for-profit fields. Students will learn the vocabulary, concepts, methods, and basic tools of financial management and financial analysis within the three major areas of the public sector. PLEASE NOTE: This class is typically offered THREE times per year: Fall, Winter and Spring quarters (typical class offerings may change depending on student enrollment and other factors).
Hands-on use of QuickBooks to record business transactions in the full accounting cycle, including those related to banking, payroll, inventory management, estimates, and progress billing. Advanced topics are covered, such as class tracking, sales tax, bank feeds, reimbursable expenses, employee time billing, and tracking fixed assets. Students will learn complex company file setup procedures, QuickBooks customization, and custom reports. Prereq: ACCT 131 or instructor permission.
Not-For-Profit Practices and Procedures
Provides an overview of the rules and regulations covering not-for-profit organizations. Topics addressed are preparation of Form 990 Return and Form 1023 Application for Exemption, charitable giving and fund raising issues, officer and board of director interaction and ethics, internal control and operational effectiveness.
An introduction to the field of fraud examination. Provides an overview of the general fraud examination methodology and fraud theory approach and outlines the basics surrounding fraud examination including criminology related to fraud. Prereq: prior accounting course or instructor permission.
Introduction to Financial Crimes
Intro to major categories of financial crime and the legal procedures which are frequently relevant to fraud accounting work, including both criminal and civil procedures. Prereq: prior accounting course or instructor permission.
Integrate accounting, auditing, and fraud investigative skills. Using case studies, analyze documents, evaluate internal controls, and trace funds to resolve accounting irregularities with an emphasis on fraudulent financial reporting. Includes indirect methods of reconstructing; income, litigation support, computing commercial and economic damages, and business valuation. Prereq: prior accounting course or instructor permission.
Portfolio, Job Search Preparation and Job Shadow
Learn how to find, and succeed in the internship or job you want. Students create portfolios, research resources, develop job search tools, and integrate identify workplace competencies. The 3rd credit provides students practical, experiential learning through Job Shadow and Informational Interviewing. Prepares students to compete for internship and employment opportunities and/or to transfer to a 4 year institution. (Variable 2-3 credit) Prereq: Eligibility for ENG 98.
Excel for Business
Learn to use Excel, a spreadsheet program that enables you to create worksheets that allow you to enter, calculate, manipulate, and analyze data such as numbers and text; create charts, graphs, and visuals to give your data impact. Use Excel as a database to manage and organize data, to search for specific data, and to select data that meets particular criteria. Recommended: Familiarity with computer usage or completion of BUS 169 or equivalent. Computer lab fee req'd.
Using Computers in Business
Course Substitute : BUS 280 - Business Data Analytics (5 credits)
This Office 2016 for Windows hands-on environment (for PC's not for MAC's) allows students to learn the basics of word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (PowerPoint). Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming folders; and renaming, deleting, copying, and moving files. Computer Fee.
Law and Society
Course Substitute : BUS& 201 - Business Law (5 credits)
Fundamental concepts, structure, and function of the American legal system. Emphasis on the role of law in society rather than on the rules of law. Includes sources of law, court systems, dispute resolution, constitutional law, torts, criminal law, contracts and legal reasoning.
Business and Economic Statistics
prerequisite: MATH 098 or higher
The course focuses on the usefulness and limitations of statistics and their use in managerial decision making. The following techniques are addressed: descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on problem formulation, technique selection, and results interpretation. Prerequisites: Math 098 or Math 116. Transfer Class.
Interpersonal Communications for the Workplace
This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.
Course Substitute : ENGL 235 - Technical Writing (5 credits) ENGL& 101 - English Composition I (5 credits)
Recommended courses are: ENGL 107 or ENGL 235
This course designed to help students from a variety of majors to master the composition skills needed for careers in business and industry. Students will learn the principles and conventions of technical writing and practice those conventions in a variety of assignments that would typically be encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the surface and stylistic aspects of their writing. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on English placement test.
Course Substitute : Global Studies course
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