Accounting Paraprofessional (AAS)

Program Information

Effective: Spring 2016

Program Code: 3131

Total Program Credits: 62-67

This Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the 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:

This program requires nine(9) credits Restricted Electives, to be selected from the list provided below. Any prerequisites for restricted elective courses may determine which semester a course can be taken. Also, some courses may only be offered one (1) semester each academic year at GCC. Consultation with the Program Director is recommended for selection and sequence of electives.

Students with prior accounting training and/or experience may take ACC211 instead of ACC111 and ACC112; ACC211 may be taken in Semester II.

(Please note that strong college-level reading skills are important for success in ACC coursework.)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Name SID


Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 12-17 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Restricted Elective(s) offered in Semester IV may be taken this semester to adjust class load, as appropriate.

ACC 111 Accounting Principles I OR

start ACC sequence in Semester II (see recommendations in Program Notes) 0-3

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 4    
MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra 3    
Semester II 16-19 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Students taking more than 18 credits will require special permission. Students should consider taking Humanities, Arts and Design course during summer session to lessen their class load this semester.

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    
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3

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.

(Students considering transfer to university should select a course that also meets Global [G] and/or Historical/Cultural Awareness Area requirement) 3

Semester III 15 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Students taking ACC112 or ACC211 in Semester II should take ACC212 in Semester II.

Students taking ACC230 in Semester II should take ACC240 in Semester II.

ACC 212 Managerial Accounting OR 3    
ACC 240 Uses of Accounting Information II 3    
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles OR 3    
ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles 3    
GBS 205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

select from list of course options below 0-3

Semester IV 16-19 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Free Elective (any 100/200 level course) required only if necessary to bring total credits counted toward AAS to minimum of 62.

ACC 219 Intermediate Accounting I 3    
ACC 221 Tax Accounting 3    
FE ANY Free Electives

select any 100/200 level Free Elective course if needed to meet 62 credit minimum for program 0-3

NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

select from list of course options below 6

Restricted Electives 9 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Select a total of any nine (9) credits from the following list of options, except courses used to satisfy the General Education Requirement Area.

RE ANY Restricted Electives

ACC216 Fraud Examination 3
+ ACC260 Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Preparation Seminar I 2
+ ACC262 Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Preparation Seminar II 2
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management 3
CWE198++ Career/Work Experience (any module) 1-3
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles 3
GBS220 Quantitative Methods in Business 3
+ GBS221 Business Statistics 3
+ GBS233 Business Communications 3
+ GBS261 Investments I 3
MGT101 Techniques of Supervisio 3
+ MGT175 Business Organization and Management 3
+ MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
+ MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3


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