The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare financial statements and reports for a business, including the ability to examine, analyze, interpret, and correct accounting data and records. In addition, training is provided in budget preparation, payroll preparation, and filing of quarterly/yearly state and federal reports. Finally, computerized accounting concepts and applications, as well as spreadsheet concepts and applications, are included in this program.

The required Liberal Arts courses for this program will help to develop personal and professional skills essential for career success especially in the areas of mathematics, economics, and communications.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate.

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the college minimum in the areas of Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 1104 Payroll 3 credits
ACCT 1108 Busn Math/Calculators 3 credits
ACCT 1124 Spreadsheet Concepts 3 credits
ACCT 1128 Computerized Acct I 3 credits
ACCT 2200 Income Tax 3 credits
ACCT 2204 Intermediate Acct I 4 credits
ACCT 2208 Cost Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 2214 Intermediate Acct II 4 credits
ACCT 2220 Accounting Capstone 4 credits
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3 credits
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4 credits
BUSN 2222 Prin of Accounting II 4 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1 credits
ECON 2202 Macroeconomics 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will complete accounting simulations using appropriate software such as: integrated accounting software, spreadsheets, and other business software applications.

  2. Student will analyze and apply accounting concepts to service and merchandising organizations.

  3. Student will apply current accounting principles to cost and managerial accounting practices.

  4. Student will integrate basic business law concepts to the practice of entry-level accounting.

  5. Student will prepare and process payroll records and reports in compliance with state and federal requirements.

  6. Student will prepare financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

  7. Student will perform financial statements analysis to measure liquidity, solvency and profitability.

  8. Student will demonstrate knowledge of accounting issues for corporate entities.

  9. Student will interpret the Internal Revenue Code for individual and partnership tax returns.

  10. Student will apply effective professional communication skills in written documents, oral discussions, and class presentations.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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An estimated 21,000 persons are employed in this large occupation in Minnesota. Most employees are concentrated in large urban areas, but accounting opportunities are available in almost every town. Accountants are employed by businesses, industry, and government agencies. These businesses include public accounting firms, banks, hospitals, school districts, private business of every type, and non-profit governmental agencies. Many accountants are self employed. Accountants may enter as junior accountants and staff auditors and may advance to section supervisor or partner. Accountants working for industry start as trainees and with managerial skills, may advance to management positions such as office manager or controller.

The employment outlook for accountants in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 10.6%, a high career growth.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • John Chappell
  • Accounting Instructor
  • (218) 793-2621

Thief River Falls Campus