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, Winter, Spring 

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
64 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
94 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.

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 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
AMATH 160V Basic Math for Accounting 2
AMATH 170V Applied Math for Accounting 3
AMATH 180V Algebra for the Paraprofessional 3
APP 105 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
COL 101 College Success 2
ENGL 075 Business English 4
  Total 64

*Core Courses. A Certificate of Completion will be issued 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& 140 - General Chemistry (5 credits)
ECON& 101 - Microeconomics (5 credits)
ECON& 201 - Macroeconomics (5 credits)
GEOL& 101 - Introduction to Physical Geology (5 credits)
MATH 085 - Beginning Algebra (5 credits)
MATH 095 - Intermediate Algebra (5 credits)
MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics (5 credits)
MATH& 148 - Business Calculus (5 credits)

Accounting and General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
CMST& 101 Speech Communication 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
One of the following ENGL courses:
ENGL 100 Applied Composition  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
One of the following MATH courses:
AMATH 185 Applied Algebra for Business and Industry  
MATH& 107 Contemporary Mathematics  
MATH 110 College Algebra  
MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I  
MATH& 142 Pre-Calculus II  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics  
MATH& 148 Business Calculus I  
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
  Total 30

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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