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 careers in accounting.

The program allows students to select a specific accounting pathway by completing the Bookkeeper certificate, Payroll Accounting certificate, or Tax Preparer certificate. Students select the Accounting AAS degree for a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses from each of the certificate pathways.

Certifications

The Accounting program prepares students for nationally recognized certifications including:
  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA).
  • Certified QuickBooks User Exam conferred by Intuit.
  • Certified Bookkeeper conferred by the American Institute ofProfessional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
  • Registered Tax Return Preparer certification conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) certification conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).
  • Registered Accounting Practitioner (RAP) as a Minnesota state license conferred by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy.
Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits for course listing):

[1] See Prerequisites.

[2] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[3] ACCT1200: Certified Bookkeeper exam; certification by American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). For Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass four-part certification, sign code of ethics, and submit evidence of
two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. ACCT1200 incorporates two parts of exam as open-book tests. The other
two parts taken at a Prometric testing center. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling work experience.

[4] ACCT1210: Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test; certification by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The
test taken at a Prometric testing center. For Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain Preparer Tax
Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass tax compliance
suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive RTRP certificate.

[5] ACCT1225: Comprehensive Exam for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant
(ABA); certification by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited
Business Accountant, candidates must pass 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 work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.

[6] ACCT1160: Certified QuickBooks User Exam; certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam taken at 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

[1] The prerequisite to Introduction to Computers (COMP 1000) is Basic Computer Keyboarding (COMP 0100) or successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

[2-6] See Certification/Accreditation.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
60
Technical Requirements
Course Number Course Title Credits 
ACCT 1015 Principles of Accounting I
4
ACCT 1025 Principles of Accounting II
4
ACCT 1030 Payroll Accounting[2]
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
COMP 1000
Introduction to Computers[1]
3
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] 3
 ACCT 1210 Registered Tax Return Preparer Preparatory Course[4]
 ACCT 1225 Accreditation in Accountancy Preparatory Course[5] 3
 TOTAL   3
 
Technical Electives - Select 7 Credits
 The remaining seven elective credits are required from the following list:
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[6]
2
ACCT 1170 Advanced Payroll Accounting[2]
2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access
2
TOTAL
7
  
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
 
Fifteen credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses are required.
Student is required to take:
 ENGL1105 Composition I
4
 OR  

 ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing
 MATH Course selected from the MnTC list
3
 SPCH1200 Interpersonal Communications
3
  General Education/MnTC Courses 5
 TOTAL
15

 [1-6] See Certification/Accreditation and Prerequisites.

The General Education five credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC 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 seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.


Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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
763-576-4037

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Bookkeeper certificate is a 27-credit program that prepares students for careers in accounting. The Bookkeeper certificate along with the Payroll Accounting certificate and the Tax Preparer certificate allow students to select a specific accounting pathway to enter the workforce quickly with strong accounting skills or to complete the entire Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses from each of the certificate pathways. Students who successfully pass the certification exams demonstrate to employers that they are prepared to handle their job responsibilities.

Certifications

The Bookkeeper certificate prepares students for nationally recognized certifications:

  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA)
  • Certified QuickBooks User conferred by Intuit
  • Certified Bookkeeper conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB)

To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency. Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits):

[1] See Prerequisites.

[2] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[3] ACCT1200: Certified Bookkeeper exam; certification by American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). For Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass four-part certification, sign code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. ACCT1200 incorporates two parts of exam as open-book tests. The other two parts taken at a Prometric testing center. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling work experience.

[4] ACCT1160: Certified QuickBooks User Exam; certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam taken at 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

[1] The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding or successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

[2-4] See Certification/Accreditation.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

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]
2
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
3
 ACCT 1200  Bookkeeper Certification Preparatory Course
3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers[1]
3
 TOTAL   21
 
Technical Electives - Select 6 credits from the following list:
 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[4]
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting[2]
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 counted in any other certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

Wage information is available from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Erika Limbacher
763-576-4037

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

 

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

The Payroll certificate along with the Bookkeeper certificate and the Tax Preparer certificate allow students to select a specific accounting pathway to enter the workforce quickly with strong accounting skills or to complete the entire Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting. This degree program provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses from each of the certificate pathways.

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

 

 

Certifications

The Payroll Accounting certificate prepares students for nationally recognized certifications including:

  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA)
  • Certified QuickBooks User conferred by Intuit.

Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits):

[1] See Prerequisites.

[2] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[3] ACCT1160: Certified QuickBooks User Exam; certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam taken at 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

 [1] The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding or successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

[2-3] See Certification/Accreditation.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 19
 Technical Requirements
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting I [2]
4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting[2]
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 COMP 1000
 Introduction to Computers[1] 3
 TOTAL   13
 
Electives - Six credits of electives are required from the following list:
 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[3]
2
 ACCT 1181  Microsoft Access 2
 SMGT 1612  Human Resources Management 3
 SMGT 1616  Employment Law 2
 TOTAL   6

[1-3]See Certifications/Accreditation and Prerequisites.

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 counted in any other certificate.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting
4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting [2]
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers [1]
3
 ACCT Elective
2 - 3
 TOTAL  
11 - 12
   
Spring Semester   
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting [2]
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ACCT Elective
2 - 3
 ACCT Elective 0 - 2
 TOTAL  
7 - 8
[1-2] See Certifications/Accreditation and Prerequisites.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

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

The Tax Preparer certificate along with the Bookkeeper certificate and the Payroll certificate allow students to select a specific accounting pathway to enter the workforce quickly with strong accounting skills or to complete the entire Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting. This degree program provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses from each of the certificate pathways.

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

Certifications

Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits):

[1] See Prerequisites.

[2] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[3] ACCT1210: Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test; certification by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The test taken at a Prometric testing center. For Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive RTRP certificate.

[4] ACCT1160: Certified QuickBooks User Exam; certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam taken at 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

[1] The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding or successful completion of the Basic Computer Keyboarding test-out exam.

[2-4] See Certification/Accreditation.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 25
 Technical Education
 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] 3
 COMP 1000
 Introduction to Computers[1]
3
 TOTAL   19
 
Technical Electives - Six credits of electives are required for the following list:
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting[2]
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[4]
2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting[2]
2

[1-4]See Certification/Accreditation and Prerequisites.

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 counted in any other certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

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

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710