Accounting Paraprofessional (AAS)

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting Paraprofessional program is designed to provide a sound background in fundamental accounting skills for individuals planning to enter the field at the paraprofessional level. Some of the goals of this program are to develop students' abilities (1) to critically and constructively analyze the function of accounting systems in relation to the organization, its management, and its goals (2) to understand accounting management and, in particular, how these roles affect various profiles of the company.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required within this program.

Strong college-level reading skills are important for the successful completion of accounting (ACC) coursework.

The semesters in which general education courses (SB, HU, COM, and Science) are suggested are flexible and may be switched in sequence. You should consider taking one or more of these courses during the summer session in order to distribute your class load more evenly between the semesters.

A total of nine (9) credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program. Some restricted electives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites that are not included in the total program credits. If you are interested in taking restricted electives that had additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses, or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these requirements based on prior experience and/or training.

If you are planning to transfer to a university for your bachelor’s degree, this program may not be the best choice for you, as some of these courses may not transfer. You should meet with an Academic Advisor or the Program Director to discuss your academic and/or professional goals, and decide the best curriculum path for you.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 12-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year

If you have prior accounting experience and/or training, consider taking ACC211 in Semester II (instead of ACC111 and ACC112).

ACC 111 Accounting Principles I OR

Start ACC sequence in Semester II. (0-3 credits)

CIS 105 Survey Computer Info Systems 3    
GBS 151 Introduction to Business 3    
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
MAT 120 Intermediate Algebra OR 5    
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra OR 4    
MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra 3    
Semester II 16-19 Credits Grade Sem/Year

If you need to take more than 18 credits, college approval is required.

ACC 107 Bookkeeping Theory & Practice 4    
ACC 112 Accounting Principles II OR 3    
ACC 211 Financial Accounting OR 3    
ACC 230 Uses of Accounting Information I 3    
CIS 114DE Excel Spreadsheet 3    
ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Test Reading Exempt on the district placement test. (0-3 credits)

Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year
ACC 212 Managerial Accounting OR

(ACC212 is recommended if you completed ACC112 or ACC211 in Semester II.)

ACC 240 Uses of Accounting Information II

(ACC240 is recommended if you completed ACC230 in Semester II.)

GBS 205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3    
ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles OR 3    
ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles 3    
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select three (3) credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

Semester IV 16-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year

You should apply for graduation this semester. See an Academic Advisor for help, if needed.

ACC 219 Intermediate Accounting I 3    
ACC 221 Tax Accounting 3    
NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

Select six (6) credits from the Restricted Electives list below.

FE ANY Free Electives

Select 0-3 credits of Free Electives (any 100/200 level course), if necessary to meet 62 credit minimum for program.

Restricted Electives 9 Credits Grade Sem/Year

The following restricted electives are offered at GCC. Choose any combination from the list of options below to complete a total of nine (9) credits. Courses used to meet other required areas may not be used to satisfy this program requirement unless otherwise stated. For assistance with course selection, contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Director.

CIS 117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3    
CWE 198AA Career/Work Experience OR 1    
CWE 198AB Career/Work Experience OR 2    
CWE 198AC Career/Work Experience 3    
ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles 3    
ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles 3    
GBS 220 Quantitative Methods in Business 3    
GBS 221 Business Statistics 3    
GBS 233 Business Communication 3    
MGT 101 Techniques of Supervision 3    
MGT 175 Business Organization and Management 3    
MGT 251 Human Relations in Business 3    

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