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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


74% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,512 starting annual wage

$44,751 average annual wage

$53,222 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

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Estimated Books, Tools and Supplies Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates


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 $43,638, with an earning potential of about $52,291 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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I (Note 1 below)5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER EOpenings: 22
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • Required Courses for Program
  • Required Courses credits to TOTAL 79 Credits.

  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II (Note 1 below)5 credits

    This course is the second in the series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for a merchandising business as well as accounting for valuation of receivables, inventory, and plant and equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III (Note 2 below)5 credits

    This course is the third in a series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for partnerships and corporations, how to prepare the statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    Covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 11
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  • ACCT 246QuickBooks5 credits

    A comprehensive study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, setting up a new company is covered as well as the advanced topic of exporting to Excel software.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 and ACCT 242, both with a C or higher OR ACCT& 201 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 275Field-Based Experience7 credits

    Students will arrange to work in a college approved professional setting where they will apply business and accounting knowledge and skills in a variety of accounting related activities.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 26
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    4/6-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT& 203Principles of Accounting III5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT& 202 or ACCT 243 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method. Note: This course meets the computation general education requirements for the medical coding and billing program only.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 13
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    1/5-3/25W12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online MILLER AOpenings: 15
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    1/5-3/25MW10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online CASTLE RWaitlisted: 2
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    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER EOpenings: 22
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • CAP 142Microsoft Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or AMATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25Th 8:00a-10:10aCAMDEN KOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

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    9/28-12/17Online DOSS LOpenings: 5
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    9/28-12/17Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 16
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    9/28-12/17Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 25
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    9/28-12/17Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 25
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    9/28-12/17Online BURNS JOpenings: 21
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    9/28-12/17Online BURNS JOpenings: 26
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    1/7-3/25Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 13
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    9/28-12/17Online RICHARDS JOpenings: 11
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    9/28-12/17Online GERNAND JOpenings: 25
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    9/28-12/17Online GERNAND JOpenings: 26
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22T10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online NEWTON KOpenings: 2
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/22TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Note 1: ACCT& 201 may be substituted for ACCT 141 and ACCT 242; the student will need to take an additional five (5) credits in electives.

  • Note 2: ACCT& 202 may be substituted for ACCT 243.

  • Electives
  • Students may choose elective credits from any 100 level of higher courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUS, CAP, CIS, ECON, HRM, LGL, IT, or MGMT. Courses taken to meet the general education or program core requirements may not be used for electives. Students may need to take additional electives to total a minimum of 90 credits towards the degree.

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.

Deidre Kent - Instructor image

Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Degrees and Certifications


BA, 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, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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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


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Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


MEd, Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

BS, Business Education, Central Washington University

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

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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 $43,638, with a wage potential of $52,291 annually.

Employment Information


74% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,512 starting annual wage

$44,751 average annual wage

$53,222 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

Estimated Program Costs:


Estimated Books, Tools and Supplies Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates


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 $43,638, with an earning potential of about $52,291 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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER EOpenings: 22
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • Required Courses for Program
  • Required Courses credits to TOTAL 84 Credits.

  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I (Note 1 below)5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II (Note 1 below)5 credits

    This course is the second in the series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for a merchandising business as well as accounting for valuation of receivables, inventory, and plant and equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III (Note 2 below)5 credits

    This course is the third in a series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for partnerships and corporations, how to prepare the statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    Covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 11
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  • ACCT 246QuickBooks5 credits

    A comprehensive study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, setting up a new company is covered as well as the advanced topic of exporting to Excel software.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 and ACCT 242, both with a C or higher OR ACCT& 201 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

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    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ACCT 275Field-Based Experience7 credits

    Students will arrange to work in a college approved professional setting where they will apply business and accounting knowledge and skills in a variety of accounting related activities.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

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    4/6-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT& 203Principles of Accounting III5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT& 202 or ACCT 243 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method. Note: This course meets the computation general education requirements for the medical coding and billing program only.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 13
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    1/5-3/25W12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 150Math for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications as they study financial institutions, business statistics, pricing and sales, payroll, debt, investing, and insurance.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (50) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (238) or higher OR MATH 90 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    1/5-3/25Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • BUS 191Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing, and live web conferencing. Students will need access to a web cam and audio.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP101 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 6
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    4/6-6/23ARRPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Specific areas include proofreading, parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization, abbreviation, number usage, punctuation, writing styles, and vocabulary.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    4/6-6/23Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    4/6-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online MILLER AOpenings: 15
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    1/5-3/25MW10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online CASTLE RWaitlisted: 2
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    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • CAP 142Microsoft Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or AMATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 6
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    1/5-3/25Th 8:00a-10:10aCAMDEN KOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online DOSS LOpenings: 5
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    1/7-3/25Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/6-3/24MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22Th 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/22TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • Note 1: ACCT& 201 may be substituted for ACCT 141 and ACCT 242; the student will need to take an additional five (5) credits in electives.

  • Note 2: ACCT& 202 may be substituted for ACCT 243.

  • Electives
  • Students may choose elective credits from any 100 level of higher courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUS, CAP, CIS, ECON, HRM, LGL, IT, or MGMT. Courses taken to meet the general education or program core requirements may not be used for electives. Students may need to take additional electives to total a minimum of 90 credits towards the degree.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

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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


Degrees and Certifications


BA, 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, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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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


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Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


MEd, Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

BS, Business Education, Central Washington University

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

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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


74% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,512 starting annual wage

$44,751 average annual wage

$53,222 potential annual wage

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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 $43,638, with an earning potential of about $52,291 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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

  • Note: ACCT& 201 may be substituted for ACCT 141 and ACCT 242; the student would need to take an additional five (5) credits in electives.

  • Quarter 1
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER EOpenings: 22
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • Required Courses for Program
  • Required Courses credits to TOTAL 59 Credits. 9 Credits

  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I *5 credits

    This course covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or better or MATH 090 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER Reading score of 71 or better or RDG 085 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 9
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    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II *5 credits

    This course is the second in the series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for a merchandising business as well as accounting for valuation of receivables, inventory, and plant and equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • ACCT 246QuickBooks5 credits

    A comprehensive study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, setting up a new company is covered as well as the advanced topic of exporting to Excel software.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 and ACCT 242, both with a C or higher OR ACCT& 201 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method. Note: This course meets the computation general education requirements for the medical coding and billing program only.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 13
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25W12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • BUS 150Math for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications as they study financial institutions, business statistics, pricing and sales, payroll, debt, investing, and insurance.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (50) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (238) or higher OR MATH 90 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • BUS 191Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing, and live web conferencing. Students will need access to a web cam and audio.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP101 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 6
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    4/6-6/23ARRPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Specific areas include proofreading, parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization, abbreviation, number usage, punctuation, writing styles, and vocabulary.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher and ACCUPLACER Classic Sentence Skills (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) or higher OR ENGL 092 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
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    4/6-6/23Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 13
    4/6-6/23MWF 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online MILLER AOpenings: 15
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    1/5-3/25MW10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23MWF10:10a-11:30aMILLER AOpenings: 24
  • CAP 101Microsoft Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will describe safe technology practices, use the tools within the BTC learning management system, and demonstrate file management techniques. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher OR RDG 085 with a C or higher OR Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 23
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    9/28-12/17Online MILLER EOpenings: 22
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    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 25
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    1/5-3/25TTh10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/25Online STAFFOpenings: 26
    4/6-6/23MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 19
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25W10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23F 2:10p-3:10pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/25WF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23WFPEDERSEN MOpenings: 26
  • CAP 142Microsoft Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or AMATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online STAFFOpenings: 6
    Register for this class
    1/5-3/25Th 8:00a-10:10aCAMDEN KOpenings: 24
    4/6-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 26
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/28-12/17Online DOSS LOpenings: 5
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  • Students may choose elective credits from any 100 level of higher courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUS, CAP, CIS, ECON, HRM, LGL, IT, or MGMT. Courses taken to meet the general education or program core requirements may not be used for electives.

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.

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Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Degrees and Certifications


BA, 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, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

Contact Info


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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


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Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


MEd, Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

BS, Business Education, Central Washington University

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

Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

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!