Accounting Assistant

Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma

About the Accounting Assistant Program

Prepare to perform entry-level bookkeeping and accounting work. Graduates may work in a small business and be responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping or work in a larger firm and specialize in a certain area under the supervision of an accountant. The program combines hands-on computer training with accounting concepts and procedures.

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Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1010111200 Payroll Accounting
Description

Teaches accounting procedures dealing with payroll, laws, and government requirements, including completion and filing of periodic reports. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

3.00
1010115100 Accounting Principles 1
Description

Develops an understanding of the fundamental principles of accounting with applications to service and merchandising enterprises.

2.00
1010115200 Accounting Principles 2
Description

Extends students' understanding of accounting principles, including applications to inventory, accounting systems, manufacturing, plant assets, and payroll. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better).

2.00
1010311500 MS Word Beginning
Description

Provides practice in using basic word processing functions and features of MS Word.

1.00
1010312600 MS Excel Beginning
Description

Develops skills in using basic spreadsheet functions of MS Excel for business users.

1.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
1080413400 Mathematical Reasoning
Description

An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. Prerequisite(s): 7785478000 Principles of College Math (C or better) or Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or UW Math Placement Basic Math score >= 250 or ACT Math score >= 18 or Tailwind Math CMath Fund score >= 16.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1010111300 Income Tax Preparation 1
Description

Studies current state and federal tax laws. Students learn to calculate and present gross income, deductions, exemptions, taxable income, tax liability, and tax credits on appropriate tax forms.

4.00
1010115400 Accounting Principles 3
Description

Extends and applies accounting concepts and principles to corporations and the analysis of financial statements. Partnership accounting is also introduced. Prerequisite(s): 1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 (C or better).

4.00
1010116500 Computerized Accounting
Description

Covers many of the features of QuickBooks. Topics will include reports, basic journal entries, recording cash receipts/disbursements, sales, deposits, purchase orders/inventory, basic payroll, and bank reconciliations. Students will also perform some financial analysis.

2.00
1010212000 Business Law
Description

Examines the law and the ways it can impact business operations, including the framework of the court system, contracts, torts, criminal law, business ethics, forms of business organizations, real and personal property.

3.00
1010312700 MS Excel Intermediate
Description

Develops skills in using additional spreadsheet features including multiple worksheets, 3-D references, macro basics, charts, and databases. Prerequisite(s): 1010312600 MS Excel Beginning (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

1.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Description

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00

At A Glance

Flexible Options

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Optional Lab Support

Approximate Cost

$4,294*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze basic financial and business information to support planning and decision-making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks

Your Potential Careers

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

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