Accounting Certificate

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Accounting Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Financial Accounting II
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Communicating in Your Profession
  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Excel
  • Computer Focused Principles
  • Career Development

This course defines accounting objectives and their relation to business. The student will be taught the fundamental principles of bookkeeping. The trial balance, working papers, financial statements, and completing an accounting cycle are introduced. The course will emphasize valuing assets, including property, plant and equipment, inventory, and accounts receivable, and will address the classification of accounts, notes, payroll liabilities, and monthly adjustments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ACG1022
Credits: 4


This course is a further continuation of Financial Accounting I and will stress financial statement analysis for partnerships and corporations. It will also emphasize corporate accounting, corporate issuing and investing in debt and equity securities, financial and cash-flow analysis, and decision-making. The course will include manufacturing accounting methods used for budgeting and forecasting.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting I

Course ID: ACG1033
Credits: 4


Focus is on computing and paying of wages and salaries, social security taxes and benefits, federal and state employment insurance and taxes, and payroll accounting systems and records.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting I

Course ID: APA1500
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide knowledge of the rights, options, and requirements in filing returns for the individual and small business.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting II

Course ID: TAX2002
Credits: 4


This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: GEB1011
Credits: 4


Students enrolled in this course will develop managerial skills and insights by studying management practices. In addition, they will develop an understanding of the manager/ employee relationship and the legal and ethical issues that impact these relationships. This course includes educational resources from Harvard Business Publishing.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: MAN2021
Credits: 4


This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse workplace communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: COM1388
Credits: 4


This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: CGS1240
Credits: 3


This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Excel. Students will be introduced to electronic spreadsheet features ranging from the data input and manipulation to charting and PivotTables. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Excel portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.

Prerequisite:Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: CTS2511
Credits: 3


This course is designed to teach students to accomplish common accounting functions through the use of the computer. Students will learn to maintain accounting records on a computer, input and process information and produce standard accounting reports. This course covers common accounting functions such as maintaining accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledgers.

Prerequisite:College-level financial accounting

Course ID: ACG2062C
Credits: 3


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

Foundation Courses

  • Practical Math

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Prerequisite:Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits: 39*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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