Accounting

Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for careers in accounting.

The programs are designed so students select a specific accounting pathway to fit their career goals!
Students choose from these accounting pathways:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Tax Preparer
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree

 

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Accounting is a 60-credit program that prepares students for accounting careers.  The comprehensive curriculum includes courses from each of the certificate pathways.   

 
PDF  Program Guide

Certifications

Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Accounting prepares students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits for course listing).

    ACCT 1030 and ACCT 1170 prepare students to take the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and certification is conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center.

    ACCT 1200 prepares students to take the Certified Bookkeeper exam, and certification is conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). To obtain a Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass a four-part certification exam, sign a code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience.  The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The other two parts must be taken at a Prometric testing center. ACCT 1200 prepares students for the exam and incorporates two parts of the exam as open-book tests.

    ACCT 1210 prepares students to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, and certification is conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The test must be taken at a Prometric testing center. To become a Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must  obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass a tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive an RTRP certificate.

    ACCT 1225 prepares students to take the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant (ABA), and certification is conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited Business Accountant, candidates must pass the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy and have three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit.  The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.

    ACCT 1160 prepares students to take the Certified QuickBooks User Exam, and certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam must be taken at a Certiport Testing Center.

Students may also qualify for a Registered Accounting Practitioner license, which is a Minnesota state license. To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency. 

Prerequisites

The prerequisite to Introduction to Computers (COMP 1000) is  Basic Computer Keyboarding (COMP 100) OR successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
60
Technical Requirements
Course Number Course Title Credits 
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
ACCT 1015 Principles of Accounting I
4
ACCT 1025 Principles of Accounting II
4
ACCT 1030 Payroll Accounting
2
ACCT 1035 Income Tax I
3
ACCT 1045 Tax Lab
1
ACCT 1100 Cost Accounting
3
ACCT 1110 Income Tax II
3
ACCT 1120 Intermediate Accounting I
3
ACCT 1130 Intermediate Accounting II
3
ADSC 1006 Business Law
4
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel
2
TOTAL 35
 
 Accounting Preparatory Courses - Select One Course
Students are required to take one of the accounting preparatory courses at the end of their program in preparation for their licensure testing.
 ACCT 1200 Bookkeeper Certification
Preparatory Course
3
 ACCT 1210 Registered Tax Return Preparer Preparatory Course
 ACCT 1225 Accreditation in Accountancy Preparatory Course 3
 TOTAL   3
 
Technical Electives - Select 7 Credits
Students may select any elective not duplicated in other program requirements.
ACCT 1055  Computerized Accounting: Peachtree 
2
ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks
2
ACCT 1075  Computerized Accounting: Microsoft Dynamics GP
2
ACCT 1085  Construction Accounting
2
ACCT 1160  Advanced QuickBooks
2
ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting
2
ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access
2
ACCT 1200  Bookkeeper Certification
Preparatory Course
3
ACCT 1210  Registered Tax Return Preparer Preparatory Course 3
ACCT 1225  Accreditation in Accountancy Preparatory Course 3
TOTAL
7
  
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
 
Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.
Student is required to take:
 ENGL1105  Composition I
4
 OR  
 ENGL 2105  Business and Technical Writing
 MATH  Selected from the MnTC list
3
 SPCH1200  Interpersonal Communications
3
   General Education/MnTC Courses 5
 TOTAL
15

The remaining credits must be taken from the MnTC list.
Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting
4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting
2
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
3
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 MnTC/General Education Course
3 - 4
 TOTAL  
15 - 16
   
Spring Semester   
 ACCT 1025  Principles of Accounting II
4
 ACCT 1045  Tax Lab
1
 ADSC 1006  Business Law
4
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ACCT Elective
2
 MnTC/General Education Course
3 - 4
 TOTAL  
16 - 17
  
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 ACCT 1100  Cost Accounting
3
 ACCT 1110  Income Tax II
3
 ACCT 1120  Intermediate Accounting I
3
 ACCT Elective
2 - 4
 MnTC/General Education Course
3 - 4
 TOTAL    14 - 16
 
Spring Semester   
 
 ACCT1130  Intermediate Accounting II
3
 ACCT Elective
2 - 4
 ACCT Elective
2 - 4
 *ACCT Elective
2 - 3
 MnTC/General Education Course
3 - 4
 *MnTC/General Education Course
0 - 2
 TOTAL  
11 - 15

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

*NOTE: Depending on elective course selection, students may need three ACCT elective courses and two general education elective courses in their final semester. To graduate, students must complete 15 credits of general education and 10 credits of ACCT electives.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

 

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

Industry Information

Accountants must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, taxes, and computerized accounting applications. Their job responsibilities might include the accounting functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, general ledger accounting, cash management, inventory management, budget preparation, or financial reporting. Additional skills are required to develop spreadsheets, use multiple accounting software packages, and communicate with customers, vendors, clients, and colleagues.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Erika Limbacher
763-576-4700

 

The Anoka Technical College Bookkeeper certificate is a 27-credit program that prepares students for careers in accounting.

Students who successfully pass the certification exams demonstrate to employers that they are prepared to handle their job responsibilities.

PDF  Program Guide

  

Certifications

Anoka Technical College Accounting courses that prepares students for nationally recognized certifications exams:

ACCT 1030 and ACCT 1170 prepare students to take the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and certification is conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center.

ACCT 1200 prepares students to take the Certified Bookkeeper exam, and certification is conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). To obtain a Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass a four-part certification exam, sign a code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The other two parts must be taken at a Prometric testing center. ACCT 1200 prepares students for the exam and incorporates two parts of the exam as open-book tests.

ACCT 1210 prepares students to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, and certification is conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The test must be taken at a Prometric testing center. To become a Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass a tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive an RTRP certificate.

ACCT 1225 prepares students to take the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant (ABA), and certification is conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited Business Accountant, candidates must pass the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy and have three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.

ACCT 1160 prepares students to take the Certified QuickBooks User Exam, and certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam must be taken at a Certiport Testing Center.

Students may also qualify for a Registered Accounting Practitioner license, which is a Minnesota state license. To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency.

Prerequisites

[The prerequisite to Introduction to Computers (COMP 1000) is Basic Computer Keyboarding (COMP 100) OR successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
27
 Technical Requirements
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting I
4
 ACCT 1025  Principles of Accounting II
4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting
2
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
3
 ACCT 1200  Bookkeeper Certification Preparatory Course
3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 TOTAL   21
 
Technical Electives - Select 6 credits
 ACCT 1045  Tax Lab
1
 ACCT 1055  Computerized Accounting: Peachtree 
2
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1075  Computerized Accounting: Microsoft Dynamics GP
2
 ACCT 1085  Construction Accounting
2
 ACCT 1110  Income Tax II
3
 ACCT 1160  Advanced QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting
2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access
2
 TOTAL   6

If a student completes more than one certificate in the Accounting program, each additional certificate must include at least four credits of electives that are not duplicated in another certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

 

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

Industry Information

Accountants must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, taxes, and computerized accounting applications. Their job responsibilities might include the accounting functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, general ledger accounting, cash management, inventory management, budget preparation, or financial reporting. Additional skills are required to develop spreadsheets, use multiple accounting software packages, and communicate with customers, vendors, clients, and colleagues.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Erika Limbacher
763-576-4037

 

The Anoka Technical College Payroll Accounting certificate is a 19-credit program that prepares students for careers in payroll accounting.

The Payroll Accounting certificate allows students to enter the workforce quickly with strong accounting skills.  This certificate transfers directly to the Anoka Tech associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Accounting.

Students who successfully pass the certification exams demonstrate to employers that they are prepared to handle their job responsibilities.

PDF  Program Guide

Certifications

Anoka Technical College Accounting courses that prepares students for nationally recognized certifications exams:

ACCT 1030 and ACCT 1170 prepare students to take the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and certification is conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center.

ACCT 1200 prepares students to take the Certified Bookkeeper exam, and certification is conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). To obtain a Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass a four-part certification exam, sign a code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The other two parts must be taken at a Prometric testing center. ACCT 1200 prepares students for the exam and incorporates two parts of the exam as open-book tests.

ACCT 1210 prepares students to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, and certification is conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The test must be taken at a Prometric testing center. To become a Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass a tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive an RTRP certificate.

ACCT 1225 prepares students to take the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant (ABA), and certification is conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited Business Accountant, candidates must pass the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy and have three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.

ACCT 1160 prepares students to take the Certified QuickBooks User Exam, and certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam must be taken at a Certiport Testing Center.

Students may also qualify for a Registered Accounting Practitioner license, which is a Minnesota state license. To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency.

Prerequisites

The prerequisite to Introduction to Computers (COMP 1000) is Basic Computer Keyboarding (COMP 100) OR successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 19
 Technical Requirements
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting I
4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 TOTAL   13
 
Electives - Select 6 credits
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
3
 ACCT 1045  Tax Lab 1
 ACCT 1055  Computerized Accounting: Peachtree 
2
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1075  Computerized Accounting: Microsoft Dynamics GP
2
 ACCT 1085  Construction Accounting
2
 ACCT 1110  Income Tax II 3
 ACCT 1160  Advanced QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1181  Microsoft Access 2
 SMGT 1612  Human Resources Management 3
 SMGT 1616  Employment Law 2
 TOTAL   6

If a student completes more than one certificate in the Accounting program, each additional certificate must include at least four credits of electives that are not duplicated another certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

 

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

Industry Information

Accountants must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, taxes, and computerized accounting applications. Their job responsibilities might include the accounting functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, general ledger accounting, cash management, inventory management, budget preparation, or financial reporting. Additional skills are required to develop spreadsheets, use multiple accounting software packages, and communicate with customers, vendors, clients, and colleagues.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Erika Limbacher
763-576-4787

The Anoka Technical College Tax Preparer certificate is a 25-credit program that prepares students for careers in tax preparation accounting.

The Accounting Tax Preparer certificate allows students to enter the workforce quickly with strong accounting skills.
This certificate transfers directly to the Anoka Tech associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Accounting.

Students who successfully pass the certification exams demonstrate to employers that they are prepared to handle their job responsibilities.

PDF  Program Guide     

Certifications

Anoka Technical College Accounting courses that prepares students for nationally recognized certifications exams:

ACCT 1030 and ACCT 1170 prepare students to take the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam, and certification is conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam must be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center.

ACCT 1200 prepares students to take the Certified Bookkeeper exam, and certification is conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). To obtain a Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass a four-part certification exam, sign a code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The other two parts must be taken at a Prometric testing center. ACCT 1200 prepares students for the exam and incorporates two parts of the exam as open-book tests.

ACCT 1210 prepares students to take the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, and certification is conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The test must be taken at a Prometric testing center. To become a Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass a tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive an RTRP certificate.

ACCT 1225 prepares students to take the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant (ABA), and certification is conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited Business Accountant, candidates must pass the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy and have three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling the work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.

ACCT 1160 prepares students to take the Certified QuickBooks User Exam, and certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam must be taken at a Certiport Testing Center.

Students may also qualify for a Registered Accounting Practitioner license, which is a Minnesota state license. To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency.

Prerequisites

[The prerequisite to Introduction to Computers (COMP 1000) is Basic Computer Keyboarding (COMP 100) OR successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 25
 Technical Requirements
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting I
4
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
3
 ACCT 1045  Tax Lab
1
 ACCT 1110  Income Tax II
3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC 1210  Registered Tax Return Preparer Prep Course 3
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers
3
 TOTAL   19
 
Technical Electives - Select 6 credits
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting
2
 ACCT 1055  Computerized Accounting: Peachtree 
2
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1075  Computerized Accounting: Microsoft Dynamics GP
2
 ACCT 1085  Construction Accounting
2
 ACCT 1160  Advanced QuickBooks
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting
2

If a student completes more than one certificate in the Accounting program, each additional certificate must include at least four credits of electives that are not duplicated in another certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

 

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

Industry Information

Accountants must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, taxes, and computerized accounting applications. Their job responsibilities might include the accounting functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, general ledger accounting, cash management, inventory management, budget preparation, or financial reporting. Additional skills are required to develop spreadsheets, use multiple accounting software packages, and communicate with customers, vendors, clients, and colleagues.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Erika Limbacher
763-576-4787