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Associate in Technical Arts


The ATA program in Accounting provides students with necessary skills to compete for entry level accounting positions in private industry, local government, and public accounting firms.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Perform basic bookkeeping tasks in the service of the business public.
  2. Assist in the production of financial reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  3. Assist in the conduct of audits in accordance with generally accepted audit standards (GAAS).
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with the application of computer accounting information systems software (AIS).
  5. Assist in the determination and disposition of tax liability as it applies to individuals and business entities.
  6. Prepare industry standard written and oral communications to include the use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  7. Successfully complete qualification examinations for Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB).


Recommended Course Schedule

Students should have typing skills of 35wpm and previous accounting experience/education before beginning program or take BTEC 100 or 101 and ACCT 110/12 prior to beginning.

Fall Quarter, First Year
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5
BTEC 214 Excel I 5
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
Total Credits 15
Winter Quarter, First Year
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II 5
BTEC 210 Word I 5
BUS 121 Business Math* 5
Total Credits 15
Spring Quarter, First Year
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III 5
ECON& 202 Maicroeconomics 5
BTEC 221 Business Communications** 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
HLTH 130 Health & Wellness  
HLTH 140 Exercise & Nutrition  
HLTH 145 Safety & Fitness 3
  Total Credits 18
Fall Quarter, Second Year
ACCT 260 Individual Income Tax 5
ACCT 220 Accounting Informations Systems 5
BUS 215 Principles of Finance 5
  Total Credits


Winter Quarter, Second Year
ACCT 240 Business Entity Tax 5
ACCT 270 Payroll Accounting 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
  Total Credits 15
Spring Quarter, Second Year   
ACCT 210 Intro to Audit 5
ACCT 285 Accounting Cert. Course 5
BUS 275 Principles of Mgmt*** 5
  Total Credits 15

Students interested in fulfilling BASAM program admission requirements must take *MATH 146, **ENGL& 101, and ***SPEE 110 or 220.

Updated 2014