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Associate 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

Degree Quarters Credits
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.

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.

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

  • Resident Cost : $10,444.50 - $10,792.65
  • NonResident Cost : $11,814.30 - $12,208.11
  • International Student Cost : $26,920.80 - $27,818.16

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

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.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • 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.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : ACCT&201 - Principles of Accounting I ( 5 credits )

Development of the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for the sole proprietor for service and merchandising enterprises. Also includes special journals and payroll.

ACCT 110 5.0

Course Substitute : ACCT&202 - Principles of Accounting II ( 5 credits)

A continuation of the study of fundamental accounting theory and practice. Specialized accounting procedures for merchandising businesses and partnerships. Introduces accounting for corporations. Prereq: ACCT 110.

ACCT 120 5.0

Hands-on use of QuickBooks 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. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201 or permission. CL Fee

ACCT 131 5.0

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& 202 or instructor permission.

ACCT&203 5.0

Introduction to tax laws related to taxes levied on the individual as opposed to business. Includes preparation of many common forms.

ACCT 255 5.0

Basic principles, practices and regulations of payroll accounting (Federal, Washington State and local governments) including filing returns, record keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prerequisites: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT 257 5.0

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) Prerequisites: Completed 45 credits and/or instructor permission.

CWE 110 3.0

Choose from any of the courses listed below to meet total credits required for Electives

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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&201 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.

ACCT 256 5.0

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. Prerequisites: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT 265 5.0

Provides the fundamentals of financial management for those pursuing careers within the public, health, and not-for-profits fields. Learn the vocabulary, concepts, methods, and basic tools of financial management and financial analysis within the three major areas of the public sector.

ACCT 267 5.0

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: ACCT131 or instructor permission.

ACCT 268 5.0

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.

ACCT 269 5.0

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: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 272 5.0

Introduces major categories of financial crime and the legal procedures that are frequently relevant to fraud accounting work. Both criminal and civil procedures are covered. Prereq: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 273 5.0

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.

ACCT 274 5.0

Learn how to find and succeed in the internship or job you want. Create portfolios, research resources, develop job search tools and integrate workplace competencies into your next career experience. Prepares students to compete for internship and employment opportunities or to transfer to a four-year school. (Variable 2-3 credit) Prereq: ENGL 095/096 or higher or placement into ENGL 097/098 strongly recommended.

CWE 101 2.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

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, graphical representations which give you data visual 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 successful completion of BUS 169 or IT 101. Computer lab fee required.

BUS 124 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 280 - Business Data Analytics (5 credits)

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. 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 directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS& 201 - Business Law (5 credits)

Fundamental concepts, structure and function of the American legal system. Emphasizes the role of law in society rather than rules of law. Includes sources of law, court systems, dispute resolution, constitutional law, torts, criminal law, contracts, and legal reasoning. Transfer Class.

BUS 200 5.0

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. Transf ss.

BUS 210 5.0

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.

BUS 236 5.0

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 is designed to help students 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 typically encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the sentence-level and stylistic aspects of their writing. Prerequisite: placement into ENGL 098 or higher.

ENGL 107 5.0

Course Substitute : Global Studies course

See advising for list of approved courses