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


Associate of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters (7 with spring entry)
106 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

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 Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test (minimum math score of 30) before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.

Admission Recommendations

  • Counselor and instructor interview.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Students entering without math, English, typing skills or computer experience may take longer to complete

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
ACCT 105 Computer Skills 1
ACCT 110* Introduction to Financial Accounting 5
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 224 Financial Applications 3
ACCT 232 Intermediate Excel 5
ACCT 275 Taxation II - Business Entities 3
ACCT 277 Business Taxes 2
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 182 Beginning Algebra for Accounting 2
AMATH 160V Basic Math for Accounting 2
AMATH 170V Applied Math for Accounting 3
AMATH 180V Algebra for the Paraprofessional 3
AMATH 182 Beginning Algebra for Accounting 2
APP 105 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
ACCT 160 Human Relations in an Accounting Office 2
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COL101 College Success 2
ENGL 075 Business English 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH 095 Intermediate Algebra 5
PSCY& 100 General Psychology 5
One of the following courses:    
ACCT 273 Government and Non-Profit Accounting 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
One of the following MATH courses:
MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I 5
MATH& 142 Pre-Calculus II 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
MATH& 148 Business Calculus I 5
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
  Total 106

*Core courses. A Certificate of Completion will be issues to students who earn a 2.0 GPA 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 AMATH 180V can substitute credits with successful completion of the following: 

ACCT 273 - Government and Non-Profit Accounting (5 credits)
BIOL& 160 - General Biology (5 credits)
CHEM& 121 - Introduction to Chemistry (5 credits)
ECON& 201 - Microeconomics (5 credits)
ECON& 202 - Macroeconomics (5 credits)
ENGL& 101- English Composition (5 credits)
GEOL& 101 - Introduction to Physical Geology (5 credits)
MATH 085 - Beginning Algebra (5 credits)
MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics (5 credits)
MATH& 148 - Business Calculus (5 credits)


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.

Accreditation

External accreditation is not applicable to this program.

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