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

Certificate of Completion
4 Quarters
60 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
6 Quarters
90 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.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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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.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

John M. Newcome

Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • Basic keyboarding and computer skills
  • High school diploma or GED

Course Information

Course Requirements for Certificate:

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
AMATH 175 Financial Math 5
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic or  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition 5
  Total 60

Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III 5
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology 5

Three additional general education classes selected from the following list^:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra 5
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture 5
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II 5
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
HIST 110 Survey of American History 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition 5
POLS& 202 American Government 5
SPAN& 121 Spanish I 5
  Total 90

*Core courses. A Certificate of Completion and AAS 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 courses are offered every quarter. Alternative general education options must be approved by the program 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.
  • 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.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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