Accounting Paraprofessional

Accounting is the recording and communication of financial accounts. It is one of the most basic and important skills in business and management. This program builds on skills learned in the Accounting Clerk program. Students will learn and practice subjects such as small business accounting, income tax preparation, partnership and corporation accounting, financial applications, business law.


Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring 


Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
62 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
92 Credits

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$39,400
Projected Growth: 
11%
Annual Job Openings: 
37,000

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Martha Chamberlin, John M. Newcome


Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • Basic keyboarding and computer skills
  • Counselor and instructor interview
  • High school diploma or GED

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT 124 Small Business Accounting 5
ACCT 132 Basic Excel 5
ACCT 160 Human Relations in an Accounting Office 2
ACCT 179* Taxation I - Individuals 5
ACCT 232 Intermediate Excel 5
ACCT 275 Taxation II – Business Entities 5
ACCT 284 Job Search Skills 3
ACCT 294 Cooperative Work Experience (optional) (2)
ACCT& 201* Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202* Principles of Accounting II 5
AMATH 160V Basic Math for Accounting 2
AMATH 170V Applied Math for Accounting 3
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
BUS& 201 Business Law or 5
ECON&201 Microeconomics or  
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics or  
COL 101 College Success 2
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  
Total   62

*Core courses. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to students who earn a 2.0 or higher in each core course with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Students who can demonstrate proficiency in AMATH 160V, AMATH 170V, and/or AMATH 185 can substitute credits with successful completion of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 175 Applied Math for Business and Industry 5
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
MATH 075 Pre-Algebra 5
MATH 085 Beginning Algebra 5
MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
MATH& 148 Business Calculus 5

Additional Accounting and General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:*

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication or  
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II or  
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra or  
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 5

One of the following courses not already completed for the certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
BUS& 201 Business Law  
ECON& 201 Microeconomics  
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5

One of the following social science courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
Total   92

* Substitutions for these classes may be available on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the Dean of General Education and Transfer.

 


Program Outcomes

  • Communicate verbally and in writing with customers, colleagues and vendors;
  • Differentiate and identify skill-appropriate issues;
  • Identify and categorize data, and record financial transactions;
  • Practice ethical and professional behavior;
  • Perform functions of accounting clerk when required;
  • Compile and organize and record data according to GAAP and/or government regulations;
  • Analyze and summarize financial Information.

Accreditation

External accreditation is not applicable to this program.

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