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 (7 with spring entry)
106 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
  • 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
ACCT& 203* Principles of Accounting III 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 5
COL 101 College Success 2
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II 5
MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra 5

One of the following humanities courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication  
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities  
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5

One of the following MATH courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I  
MATH& 142 Pre-Calculus II  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  
MATH& 148 Business Calculus  
MATH& 151 Calculus 5
Total   97

*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, AMATH 185, and/or MATH 095 through course challenge or transfer credit can substitute any general education credits to reach the required minimum of 97 credits for the degree.

To complete the requirements of the DTA/MRP Associate of Arts in Business in addition to the AAS-T in Accounting, students will need up to 8 additional general education classes:

            All three of the following math classes (one completed as part of the AAS-T)

              MATH& 141 – Precalculus I

              MATH& 146 – Introduction to Statistics

              MATH& 148 – Business Calculus

            2 more humanities classes

               CMST& 101, CMST& 220, ENGL& 111, HUM& 101, MUSC& 105, PHIL& 101

            2 natural sciences classes

              BIOL& 160, BIOL& 260, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 131, GEOL& 101, NUTR& 101

            1 more social science class

              ANTH& 234, ANTH& 235, HIST 110, HIST& 136, POSC& 202, PSYC& 100, PSYC& 200, SOC& 101

            Any & fully transferable general education class in the RTC catalog

Program Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes for Accounting Specialist Program

  • 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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