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Accounting Clerk
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers
Harry DeWolf: 503-491-6025 Room AC2685

Business Management: Accounting
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Students who want a career that provides continuous opportunities for growth and recognition will find accounting clerk a great career choice.

Students with a limited amount of time or funds can get started in this practical, cost-effective program. Who can benefit from this program?

  • Recent high school graduates who need employable skills in a relatively short period of time
  • Small business owners or prospective small business owners who need the accounting and business office basics
  • Returning students who want retraining into a career that provides continued opportunities for advancement

In this program, each term provides additional skills that will prepare students for entry-level positions. Skills from data entry, use of basic accounting systems, business terminology, payroll processing, technology and spreadsheets are just a few that prepare students for jobs. The longer students stay in the program, the more qualified they become to assume additional job responsibilities and be rewarded for performing even more challenging job responsibilities. Many students start the Accounting Clerk program and then decide they want to expand their knowledge and skills. The exciting potential of this program is that students can begin with an Accounting Clerk program that transfers into the two-year Business Management: Accounting AAS degree. There are transfer opportunities to four-year universities such as Eastern Oregon and Oregon Institute of Technology. Students wanting to pursue both two-year and four-year degrees should speak with a faculty adviser.

A career in accounting provides a great opportunity for people with above-average mathematical and analytical skills, who have good communication skills and want to work in a business environment. Employment opportunities exist and our program at MHCC provides students a competitive edge in this field.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in basic data entry and database management
  • Apply knowledge of basic accounting systems in business situations
  • Communicate using business terminology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of payroll processing, terminology and spreadsheets

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Accounting classes in order to be awarded an Accounting Clerk certificate.

First Quarter (Fall) Cr
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1; or
CIS120 Computer Concepts I and CIS120L
Computer Concepts Lab I
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)2 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BT118 Records and Information Management 3
BT210ZEB Excel - Level II 1
BT210ZQA Quickbooks for the Workplace 1
WR121 English Composition1 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
HUM202 Age of Technology: Ethics in the Workplace 3
  Business elective3 3-4

1 Prerequisite: See course description.
2A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
3Select from BA203, BA206, BA226 or BA285.

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