Accounting Clerk - Microcomputer Applications Emphasis

The emphasis of this program includes spreadsheets, word processing, and database management applications especially computer skills and job responsibilities of an Accounting Clerk.

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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
ADMS 1100 Keyboarding I 3 credits
ADMS 1110 Word Processing 3 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
CPTR 1106 Microcomputer Databases 3 credits
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1 credits
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 6 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 45 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 2204Intermediate Acct I 4 credits
ACCT 2208Cost Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 2214Intermediate Acct II 4 credits
ADMS 1114Desktop Pub/Pres Graph 3 credits
CPTR 1500Intro Web Concepts 3 credits
SSCI 1101Human Relations 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate application of a variety of business software programs including integrated accounting software.

  2. Student will apply appropriate accounting theories to service and merchandising organizations.

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

  4. Student will prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

  5. Student will apply the Internal Revenue Code as it relates to individual, partnership, and corporation income taxes.

  6. Student will demonstrate effective written and oral business communication skills.

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 accounting clerks 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