Accounting professionals are in high demand, and as a student in this program you will learn basic knowledge of accounting processes that is required for a variety of career paths. This program will help prepare you to find employment in professions such as an accounting clerk, accounting technician, accounting associate, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper. Upon completion, you will have an opportunity to obtain credentialing as a Certified Bookkeeper by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB), a national standard of excellence in the profession. So, if you like numbers, order, and troubleshooting, you will enjoy this career!
This program will prepare you for an entry-level accounting position. Employers include almost every area of business and industry, including, but not limited to, corporations, small companies, healthcare organizations, nonprofit groups, and more!
Why This Program
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides an Applied Accounting program that will ready you to take several industry standard certification exams such as the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers’ Certified Bookkeeper exam, the American Payroll Association’s Fundamental Payroll Specialist exam, and Microsoft Certifications. Each of these certifications allow recipients to proudly display their credentials after their names demonstrating a professional competency to potential employers.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Process daily accounting transactions, journals, and ledgers, prepare financial statements, perform payroll functions, and manage cash and accrual
- Develop skill and proficiency using the latest version of QuickBooks. Proficiency leads to certification
- Understand the legal environment affecting business, business ethics, and social responsibility
- Learn accounting procedures for managerial decision-making
- Review legal and regulatory environment of the business organization including taxation, controls, and compliance
- Prepare to write and speak professionally
- Develop skill and proficiency using the latest Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and Access. Proficiency leads to MOS certification
- Prepare for the AIPB Professional Bookkeeping Certification
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Applied Science in Applied Accounting Fall Start
Associate of Applied Science in Applied Accounting Spring Start
Advanced Technical Certificate in Applied Accounting Fall Start
Advanced Technical Certificate in Applied Accounting Spring Start
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2016||Summer 2016||Fall 2016|
|Registration Open||November 9||April 11||April 11|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||November 23||May 16||July 11|
|Admission Deadline||December 21||May 20||August 5|
|Last Day to Register||January 8||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 8||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin||January 11*||June 6*||August 22*|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Interest in a business career
- Enjoyment of working with others
- Precise attention to detail
- Keyboarding proficiency is a plus
- College-level reading skills
- Fluency in the English Language
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
Because of the homework load of this program, it is recommended that students do not hold a job outside of class that requires more than 20 hours per week.
The required assessments for the 25nwam Keyboarding speed and CISA 001 prerequisites for the ADMS 110, ADMS 111, ADMS 162, and ADMS 164 courses are NO LONGER REQUIRED.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
This program will prepare you for an entry-level accounting position.
Employers include almost every area of business and industry, including, but not limited to, corporations, small companies, healthcare organizations, nonprofit groups, and more.
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