Accounting Certificate

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Accounting Certificate Course List

Major and Core Courses

Financial Accounting I

This course defines accounting objectives and their relation to business. The student will be taught the fundamental principles of bookkeeping. The trial balance, working papers, financial statements, and completing an accounting cycle are introduced. The course will emphasize valuing assets, including property, plant and equipment, inventory, and accounts receivable, and will address the classification of accounts, notes, payroll liabilities, and monthly adjustments.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: A140
Credits: 4

Financial Accounting II

This course is a further continuation of Financial Accounting I and will stress financial statement analysis for partnerships and corporations. It will also emphasize corporate accounting, corporate issuing and investing in debt and equity securities, financial and cash-flow analysis, and decision-making. The course will include manufacturing accounting methods used for budgeting and forecasting.

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting I

Course ID: A141
Credits: 4

Payroll Accounting

Focus is on computing and paying of wages and salaries, social security taxes and benefits, federal and state employment insurance and taxes, and payroll accounting systems and records.

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting I

Course ID: A177
Credits: 4

Income Tax

This course is designed to provide knowledge of the rights, options, and requirements in filing returns for the individual and small business.

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting II

Course ID: A269
Credits: 4

Introduction to Business

This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: B136
Credits: 4

Principles of Management

Students enrolled in this course will develop managerial skills and insights by studying management practices. In addition, they will develop an understanding of the manager/ employee relationship and the legal and ethical issues that impact these relationships. This course includes educational resources from Harvard Business Publishing.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: B233
Credits: 4

Professional Communication

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B271
Credits: 4

Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

Excel

This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Excel. Students will be introduced to electronic spreadsheet features ranging from the data input and manipulation to charting and PivotTables. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Excel portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.

Prerequisite: Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: D181
Credits: 3

Computer Focused Principles

This course is designed to teach students to accomplish common accounting functions through the use of the computer. Students will learn to maintain accounting records on a computer, input and process information and produce standard accounting reports. This course covers common accounting functions such as maintaining accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledgers.

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting I

Course ID: D279
Credits: 3

Career Development

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an in-depth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

Foundation Courses

Practical Math

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Prerequisite: Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Certificate Credits: 39*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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Student Investment Disclosure

  • Outcome

    Information for median loan amounts, on-time completion rates, and placement rates are unavailable for new programs (indicated with "NA*").

    • On-time Completion Rate:

      The percent of graduates who complete the program in normal time (assumes students take 12 credits per quarter)

      38%
    • Rasmussen Placement Rate:

      Internal placement rate methodology can be found at Student Investment Disclosure main page

      100%
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    • Federal Student Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from Federal Stafford Loan program (does not include Federal PLUS loans)

      $12,912
    • Private Loans:

      Median loan debt for completers from private educational loans

      $0
    • Institutional Loans:

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      $0
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    • E-books & Supplies:

      Total cost of e-books and supplies when completing the program in normal time

      $1,650
    • Room and Board:

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      $0
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