Accounting Specialist

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 the skills learned in the Accounting Paraprofessional program. It provides training in specialized areas including: managerial/cost accounting, governmental and nonprofit accounting, business taxes, and business law.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

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

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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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
  • High school diploma or GED

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
ACCT 124 Small Business Accounting 5
ACCT 130 Payroll Accounting 5
ACCT 132 Basic Excel 5
ACCT 150 Bookkeeping Certification Preparation 8
ACCT 179 Taxation I – Individuals 5
ACCT 275 Taxation II – Business Entities 5
ACCT& 201* Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202* Principles of Accounting II 5
ACCT& 203* Principles of Accounting III 5
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
ENGL& 101* English Composition 5

One of the following social science courses (human relations related instruction): (5 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Sociology  

One of the following natural science lab courses: (5 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology  
BIOL& 160 General Biology  
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry  

One of the following math courses: (5 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH& 107 Math in Society  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  

Two of the following general education courses: (10 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture  
ART& 100 Art Appreciation  
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking  
ECON& 201 Microeconomics  
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics  
ENGL& 102 Composition II  
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology  
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities  
MATH& 141 Precalculus I  
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation  
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition  
SPAN& 121 Spanish I  
  Total 90

*Core courses. An Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degree 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.

Not all classes are offered every quarter. Students may substitute general education courses with permission of the Dean.

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.
  • Compile and organize and record data according to GAAP and/or government regulations.
  • Analyze and summarize financial Information.
  • Perform functions of accounting clerk or paraprofessional when required.
  • Exercise professional judgment with minimal supervision when applying accounting principles.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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