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 certificate
  • Payroll Accounting certificate
  • Tax Preparer certificate
  • Accounting Associate of Applied Science degree

 

The Anoka Technical College Associate of 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] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[2] 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.

[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] 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.

[5] 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

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

[1-5] See Certification/Accreditation

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting 4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting [2]
2
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I 3
 TLIT 1005
 Technology Fundamentals 3
 General Education/MnTC
 See list below.
 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
 See list below.
2
 General Education/MnTC
 See list below.
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
 See list below.
2-4
General Education/MnTC
 See list below.
3-4
 TOTAL    14 - 16
 
Spring Semester   
 
 ACCT1130  Intermediate Accounting II 3
 ACCT Elective
 See list below.
2-6
 General Education/MnTC
 See list below.
 0-6
 TOTAL   11-15
 
 Accounting Electives Select seven (7) credits
 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 [2]
3
 ACCT 1210
 Registered Tax Return Preparer [3]
3
 ACCT 1225
 Accreditation in Accountancy [4]
3
 Remaining Accounting Electives Select four (4) credits
 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 [5]
2
 ACCT 1170
 Advanced Payroll Accounting [1]
2
 ADSC 1181
 Microsoft Access
2
 [1-5] See Certification/Accreditation
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
Fifteen (15) credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses are required. Student are required to take:
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I
4
 OR
   
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing 
4
 MATH  Course selected from MnTC Goal Area 4
3
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications
3
 Choose five (5) credits from MnTC
5
 TOTAL   15

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

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of 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 of 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] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[2] 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.

[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

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

Program Sequence and Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
27
 Fall Semester
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting I 4
 ACCT 1030  Payroll Accounting [1] 2
 ACCT 1035
 Income Tax I
3
 TLIT 1005
 Technology Fundamentals
3
 TOTAL   12
 Spring Semester
 ACCT 1025  Payroll Accounting[2] 4
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I 2
 ACCT 1200  Bookkeeper Certification Preparatory Course 3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel 2
 ACCT Elective
 See list below
5
 TOTAL   15
 
 Accounting 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[3] 2
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting[1] 2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access 2
 [1-3] See Certification/Accreditation

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

[2] 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

Some courses may require appropriate test 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
 TLIT 1005
 Technology Fundamentals
3
 ACCT Elective
 See list below
2-3
 TOTAL   11-12
   
Spring Semester   
 ACCT 1170  Advanced Payroll Accounting [1]
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ACCT Elective
 See list below
0-4
TOTAL   7-8
 Account 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 [2]
2
 ADSC 1181
 Microsft Access
2
 SMGT 1612
 Human Resources Management
3
 SMGT 1616
 Employment Law
2

[1-2] See Certifications/Accreditation.

If a student completes more than one certificate in the Accounting program, each additional certificate must include at leaset four credits of electives that are not counted in any other certificate.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of 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, 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 of 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] ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.

[2] 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.

[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

Some courses may require appropriate test 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.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 ACCT 1015  Principles of Accounting 4
 ACCT 1035  Income Tax I
4
 TLIT 1005
 Technology Fundamentals
3
 ACCT Elective
 see list below
3
 TOTAL   12
   
Spring Semester   
 ACCT 1045  Tax Lab
1
 ACCT  1110  Income Tax II
3
 ACCT 1210  Registered Tax Return Preparer Preparatory Course[3] 3
 ACCT Elective
 See list below
4
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel 2
 TOTAL   13
 Accounting Electives- Six credits of electives are required from the following list:
 ACCT 1030
 Payroll Accounting[1]
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[3] 2
 ACCT 1170
 Advanced Payroll Accounting[1]
2

[1and 3] See Certifications/Accreditation

If a student completes more than one certificate in the Accounting program, each additional certificates 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 of 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, 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