The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting Practitioner degree program is designed for students interested in preparing for entry-level positions in accounting. The AAS degree combines general education and business concepts and procedures to fully prepare the graduate for employment. Students can complete the coursework on a full- or part-time basis; however, it is recommended that the degree be completed within four years. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program. A student who completes this degree will have met the educational requirements for licensure as a Registered Accounting Practitioner (RAP) in the state of Minnesota and may sit for the RAP exam. An individual must pass the RAP exam and also satisfy a one-year experience requirement to be awarded the RAP license. See an advisor for further information or assistance in planning.
Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:
- Prepare journal entries and financial statements.
- Use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems.
- Appropriately use technology to solve business problems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of business law and ethics to direct action in business scenarios.
- Determine tax treatment of basic individual and business situations.
- Demonstrate effective business communication skills.
- A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
- Satisfy residency requirements.
- Completion of specific degree requirements.
- To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
- The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.
NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.
BUS 1101 Introduction to Business 3 BUS 1104 Written Business Communications 3 BUS 1105 Individual/Corporate Income Tax 3 BUS 1112 Computer Concepts & Applications 3 BUS 1122 Business Ethics and Social Issues 3 BUS 1134* Computerized Accounting 2 BUS 1135* Payroll Accounting 2 BUS 1143* Decision Making using Excel 3 BUS 2125 Financial Accounting 4 BUS 2126* Managerial Accounting 4 BUS 2215 Legal Environment of Business 3 Select one of the following:
3 BUS 1108 Business Math 3 MATH 1200* College Algebra 3 Elective(s) Select CNET 1100, CNET 1105, CNET 1212, or any other
business course(s) to meet the 45 credit program requirement.
Complete a minimum of 15 credits in at least three of the ten goals of the MnTC. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may be counted only once. 1. Communication 2. Critical Thinking 3. Natural Science 4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences 6. Humanities/Fine Arts 7. Human Diversity 8. Global Perspective 9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility 10. People and the Environment
Semester 1: 15 credits
BUS 1101 Introduction to Business 3 BUS 1108 OR MATH 1200 Business Math OR College Algebra 3 BUS 1112 Computer Concepts and Applications 3 GEN ED 3 GEN ED 3
Semester 2: 16 credits
BUS 1104 Written Business Communications 3 BUS 1143 Decision Making Using Excel 3 BUS 2125 Financial Accounting 4 BUS 2215 Legal Environment of Business 3 GEN ED 3
Semester 3: 12-18 credits
BUS 1105 Individual/Corporate Income Tax 3 BUS 2126 Managerial Accounting 4 BUS elective OR CNET 1100,
1-4 GEN ED 3
Semester 4: 11-14 credits
BUS 1122 Business Ethics and Social Issues 3 BUS 1134 Computerized Accounting 2 BUS 1135 Payroll Accounting 2 BUS elective or CNET 1100,
1-4 GEN ED 3
Business certificates commonly earned as you pursue this degree.
Employment information is also available at Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
- Compensation General Auditor
- Financial Aid Director
- Financial Investment Analyst
- Internal Auditor
- Management Specialist
- Personal Financial Planner
- Procedures Specialist
*Some occupations may require advanced education.