Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Accounting

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Get your associate degree in accounting for transfer to prepare for a rewarding accounting career, or have the option to transfer your class credits to a four-year university or college to earn your bachelor's degree. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting and bookkeeping; you could work in a variety of office and business settings in jobs such as accounts receivable/payable clerk, general ledger clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, the Accounting Program will give you training with a wide range of skills to use with employers from wholesale firms and retail businesses to local, state, and federal government, service providers, and health and education organizations.

Employment Information

88% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,757 starting annual wage

$44,040 average annual wage

$51,106 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

Accounting graduates are in high demand. The average annual income in this field is $40,893, with an earning potential of about $49,358 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships to analyze and record business transactions and prepare financial statements for both a service and a merchandising business.
  • Competently use an integrated accounting software program to record transactions and create financial reports and statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply payroll laws, compute payroll, record payroll entries and prepare federal and state forms that pertain to payroll.
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for partnerships and corporations to analyze and record business transactions; prepare and evaluate financial statements.
  • Interpret and apply managerial accounting information in various business decision-making roles.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills in a business environment while providing effective accounting support to an employer.

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Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Accounting programs

Choose Bellingham Technical College’s Accounting program to prepare to get top accounting jobs. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting and financial jobs with this associate degree; you could work in a variety of office and business settings doing full-service bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable, general ledgers, or payroll. If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, BTC’s associate degree Accounting Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with top employers. Our graduates find bookkeeper and accountant jobs at wholesale firms and retail businesses; in local, state, and federal government; with service providers; and with health and education organizations.

Associate Degree Program and Transfer Opportunities

- AAS Associate Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting and start your accounting career.

- AAS-T Transfer Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting and start your career, or transfer your courses to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.

- Accounting Assistant Certificate: Take about three quarters of classes for this accounting certificate program, which increases your job skills with training in computers, accounting practices, math, and more.

Accounting Jobs & Employment Outlook

The large size of accounting field ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time accountant and bookkeeper work. With an associate degree in accounting from Bellingham Technical College, you are trained to get top jobs in accounting, bookkeeping, accounts payable, payroll, and more.

Nationally, about 25 percent of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade, and 34 percent find jobs in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services. The average annual wage in the accounting field is $39,998, with a wage potential of $48,318 annually.

Employment Information

70% BTC graduate placement rate

$33,467 starting annual wage

$40,893 average annual wage

$49,358 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

The average annual income in this field is $40,893, with an earning potential of about $49,358 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships to analyze and record business transactions and prepare financial statements for both a service and a merchandising business.
  • Competently use an integrated accounting software program to record transactions and create financial reports and statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply payroll laws, compute payroll, record payroll entries and prepare federal and state forms that pertain to payroll.
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for partnerships and corporations to analyze and record business transactions; prepare and evaluate financial statements.
  • Interpret and apply managerial accounting information in various business decision-making roles.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills in a business environment while providing effective accounting support to an employer.

Deidre Kent - Instructor image

Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Accounting Assistant Certificate

Choose this Accounting Assistant certificate program to get training for accounting and bookkeeping jobs. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting; you could work in a variety of office and business settings in jobs such as accounts receivable/payable clerk, general ledger clerk, or payroll clerk.

If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, the Accounting Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers from wholesale firms and retail businesses to local, state, and federal government, service providers, and health and education organizations.

Employment Information

70% BTC graduate placement rate

$33,467 starting annual wage

$40,893 average annual wage

$49,358 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

Accounting graduates are in high demand. The average annual income in this field is $40,893, with an earning potential of about $49,358 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles", the recording of business transactions, and preparation of financial statements for a merchandising business.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective skills using computerized accounting software.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective 10-key skills.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in work processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in basic keyboarding.

Deidre Kent - Instructor image

Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!