Accounting

Bates Technical College fully online accounting program means you can earn your degree at your pace and your schedule.  Earn your associate in applied science degree in as little as four quarters! The program design includes video instruction, hands-on training and provides you with instant feedback. Students receive training in many types of accounting such as financial, managerial, payroll, individual taxation and governmental accounting. Graduates are prepared for careers as accounting clerks, full charge bookkeepers, tax preparers, and small business accountants.

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Career Advisor: Dan Eberle
253-680-7002 | deberle@batestech.edu

Location: Online Campus
Hours: N/A

Program Length: Four Quarters

  • National Median Salary$42,630
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings186,400

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

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ACCOUNTING - Associate of Applied Science: 90 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communications 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 10.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quanitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
ACCT&201 ACCT&201 - Principles of Accounting I
An introduction to the concepts and methods underlying the preparation of corporate financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles. Topics covered include the accounting cycle, cash, and receivables.
5
ACCT&202 ACCT&202 - Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the concepts and methods underlying the preparation of coprorate financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles. Topics covered include long-term assets, liabilities, stockholders' equity, statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis
5
ACCT&203 ACCT&203 - Principles of Accounting III
An introduction to the concepts and methods of managerial accounting and how accounting information is essential for management decisions. Topics covered include job costing, activity based costing, inventory management, cost - volume - profit relationships, budgets, short-term business decisions and capital investment decisions
5
ACCT205 ACCT205 - Excel for Accounting
This course focuses on how to use Excel to create accounting models which focus on solving accounting problems and completing accounting projects. Learn practical application for concepts emphasized in financial accounting and managerial accounting
5
ACCT207 ACCT207 - QuickBooks
This course provides hands-on experience and practice in computerized accounting applications (QuickBooks) for small businesses. Use the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, invoicing and payroll modules
5
ACCT220 ACCT220 - Payroll Accounting
This course provides hands-on experience and practice in computerized accounting applications (QuickBooks) for small businesses. Use the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, invoicing and payroll modules
5
ACCT225 ACCT225 - Federal Income Tax
An introduction to federal income tax for individuals including current tax law, preparation of individual income tax form 1040 and related schedules
5
ACCT230 ACCT230 - Governmental Accounting
An introduction to the accounting and reporting requirements for governmental and non-profit entities. Covers the essentials of fund accounting and applies techniques to transactions in governmental units including governmental fund types, propietary fund types, and fiduciary fund types
5
ACCT235 ACCT235 - Intermediate Accounting Topics
This course provides an in-depth study of financial accounting theory and practice. Primary focus is on financial statement preparation for small to medium-sized domestic companies. Topics include revenue recognition and income determination, financial statement preparation and account reconciliation and analysis.
5
BUS&101 BUS&101 - Introduction to Business
Dynamics and competitive business world are explored through the study of topics including economic systems, forms of business ownership, social responsibility and ethics, entrepreneurship, marketing, management, organizational design, finance, banking and securities markets
5
BUS&201 BUS&201 - Business Law
An introduction to the American legal system and the functions of law in a business environment; legal reasoning and the process of resolving disputes in society; a preliminary analysis of contractual arrangements and business association in the business community
5
BUS102 BUS102 - Business Communications
This course focuses on business communication, students apply the principles of ethical and effective communication to the creation of letters, memos, e-mails, and written and oral reports for a variety of business situations. Planning, organizing, composing, and revising business documents using word processing software for written documents and presentation-graphics software to create and deliver professional-level oral reports are emphasized. This course is designed for students who already have college-level writing skills and the ability to type is recommended
5
ECON&201 ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
INFO101 INFO101 - Computer Application Essentials
This course focuses on developing essential skills using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Topics include creating and editing Word documents, and an introduction to Excel worksheets, charts, formulas and basic functions. PowerPoint focuses on enhancing presentations with illustrations and shapes. Outlook introduces essential E-mail and contact management skills
5

BOOKKEEPING - Certificate of Competency: 45 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
ACCT&201 ACCT&201 - Principles of Accounting I
An introduction to the concepts and methods underlying the preparation of corporate financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles. Topics covered include the accounting cycle, cash, and receivables.
5
ACCT&202 ACCT&202 - Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the concepts and methods underlying the preparation of coprorate financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles. Topics covered include long-term assets, liabilities, stockholders' equity, statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis
5
ACCT205 ACCT205 - Excel for Accounting
This course focuses on how to use Excel to create accounting models which focus on solving accounting problems and completing accounting projects. Learn practical application for concepts emphasized in financial accounting and managerial accounting
5
ACCT207 ACCT207 - QuickBooks
This course provides hands-on experience and practice in computerized accounting applications (QuickBooks) for small businesses. Use the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, invoicing and payroll modules
5
ACCT220 ACCT220 - Payroll Accounting
This course provides hands-on experience and practice in computerized accounting applications (QuickBooks) for small businesses. Use the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, invoicing and payroll modules
5
INFO101 INFO101 - Computer Application Essentials
This course focuses on developing essential skills using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Topics include creating and editing Word documents, and an introduction to Excel worksheets, charts, formulas and basic functions. PowerPoint focuses on enhancing presentations with illustrations and shapes. Outlook introduces essential E-mail and contact management skills
5

Accounting is the process that summarizes economic information about a business entity for use by decision makers. Users of this information include investors, creditors, management and government agencies. The accounting program at Bates Technical College provides training in many types of accounting; such as financial, managerial, payroll, individual taxation, and governmental accounting. Graduates are prepared for careers as accounting clerks, full charge bookkeepers, tax preparers, and small business accountants. General Education courses provide training in understanding diversity in the workplace, effective oral and written communication and human relations skills.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Comply with appropriate accounting rules and guidelines.
  2. Perform the steps of the accounting cycle.
  3. Choose and perform appropriate financial calculations.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills to allow effective functioning in diverse groups.
  5. Communicate effectively in quantitative and qualitative terms.
  6. Perform and interpret financial statement analysis.
  7. Use a range of techniques to perform analysis, synthesize information and draw conclusions.
  8. Evaluate ethical issues inherently involved in accounting.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical-Thinking

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Dave Alldredge

    253.680.7107 | Email

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