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.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

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.

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.

Kwabena Amo-Mensah

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 Accounting with MS Excel 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 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

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

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology 5
BIOL& 160 General Biology 5
CHEM& 121 Introduction to Chemistry 5

One of the following math courses: (5 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH& 107 Math in Society 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5

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

Course # Course Title Credits
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture 5
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 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
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus I 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. 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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