Applied Accounting (A.A.S.)
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in applied accounting is a two-year program designed to prepare you to begin a successful career in the accounting profession and establish a gateway for more advanced degrees. Students who have completed the accounting technician certificate will be able to apply their credits towards the A.A.S. degree in applied accounting.
You will complete courses that will advance your knowledge of accounting principles, payroll accounting, accounting software systems, income tax, and fund accounting for nonprofits. Program coursework also includes business courses in customer service, supervision, spreadsheet applications, and financial management.
Accounting Technician (Cert.)
The accounting technician certificate is a one-year program designed to prepare you for entry level accounting positions in payables/receivables, bookkeeping and payroll accounting. Students who have completed the bookkeeping occupational endorsement will be able to apply their credits towards the applied accounting certificate.
Courses will enable you to develop a foundation of knowledge in accounting principles, payroll accounting, accounting software systems, and income tax. The certificate program also includes general business coursework and general education courses in communications, applied mathematics and human relations.
The program has also been designed as a stepping stone to the A.A.S. degree in applied accounting for students interested in continuing to advance their knowledge through additional education.
Bookkeeping Technician (O.E.)
The bookkeeping technician occupational endorsement is a focused program that can be completed in as little as one semester and qualify you for bookkeeper positions in both small and large businesses.
Coursework will develop your knowledge of accounting principles, payroll accounting, and accounting software systems.
The program has also been designed as a stepping stone to the accounting technician certificate for students interested in continuing to advance their knowledge through additional education.
Applied Accounting Degree (Minor)
The minor in applied accounting is designed to provide you the opportunity to acquire foundation-level knowledge and skills in payables and/or receivables, bookkeeping and payroll accounting. Courses include: accounting principles, payroll accounting and accounting software systems.
This minor is a great choice for Bachelor of Arts degree-seeking students who need to satisfy their minor requirement or Associate of Arts students who want to explore accounting as an area of interest.
Each degree level offered through the applied accounting program will prepare you to begin a successful career in the accounting profession and will establish a gateway to more advanced degrees. Depending on degree level achieved, potential careers for graduates include entry to mid-level positions with strong upward mobility.
Graduates of the applied accounting program have gone on to own their own bookkeeping services, work in accounting positions at corporations, utility companies, government agencies, non-profits, and small businesses. Others have gone on to complete their B.A. in accounting and eventually obtain their CPA license.
The applied accounting program gives you a strong foundation in financial record keeping and preparation of financial and tax statements including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll accounting. Attaining proficiency in the use of accounting software like QuickBooks is a fundamental part of the program as well.
The program has been designed to enable students to transition seamlessly from the occupational endorsement to the certificate and from the certificate to the A.A.S. degree. The A.A.S. degree also establishes a gateway to more advanced degrees.
Classes are taught by full-time faculty, and numerous adjunct instructors from the local business community, bringing real-world business insight and experience to the classroom.
The applied accounting program is an open admission program requiring high school graduation or equivalent degree. Students entering the A.A.S. program are expected to have computer literacy skills that include saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail or obtain them through CIOS F150.
Options to pursue a bachelor degree are available within the University of Alaska. An option to study internationally as part of the associate degree is offered as well.
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