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Accounting AAS AAS
Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, eCampus

Accounting Diploma
Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, eCampus

Accounting AS
Fergus Falls, eCampus

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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT1108 Business Math/Calculators 3
- OR -
BUS1146 Personal Finance 3
ACCT2211 Financial Accounting I 3
ACCT2212 Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT2213 Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT2215 Computerized Accounting Applications 3
ACCT2255 Income Tax-Individual 3
BUS1120 Spreadsheet and Database Concepts 3
BUS2150 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS2204 Principles of Management 3
BUS2206 Principles of Marketing 3
MNTC Courses
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking
Goal: 1 *
ECON2210 Macroeconomics
Goal: 2, 5 *
ECON2222 Microeconomics
Goal: 2, 5, 9 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *
MATH1114 College Algebra
Goal: 2, 4 *
PHIL1201 Ethics
Goal: 2, 6, 9 *
PSYC1200 General Psychology
Goal: 5, 9 *
- OR -
SOC1111 Intro to Sociology
Goal: 2, 5, 7 *

MNTC Electives ...


Total Credits: 60

* Completion of an AS degree requires courses from at least 6 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

The AS in Accounting is a two-year degree designed for both the student who wants to enter the workforce upon graduation and the student who plans to transfer to a four-year college or university. The program offers a balance of general education courses and courses specific to preparing the student for a career in accounting.

Program outcomes

1. Demonstrate the underlying concepts of sound management, including planning, organization, leading and controlling.
2. Apply the four Ps (product, pricing, place and promotion) of marketing to a corporation's activities.
3. Demonstrate the ability to prepare financial statements.
4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret financial statements.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system and how it relates to the world of business.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, tools and applications of finance and investment.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of information system theory, software and hardware.

Employment information

An estimated 21,000 persons are employed in this large occupation in Minnesota. Most employees are concentrated in large urban areas, but accounting opportunities are available in almost every town. Accountants are employed by businesses, industry, and government agencies. These businesses include public accounting firms, banks, hospitals, school districts, private business of every type, and non-profit governmental agencies. Many accountants are self employed. Accountants may enter as junior accountants and staff auditors and may advance to section supervisor or partner. Accountants working for industry start as trainees and with managerial skills, may advance to management positions such as office manager or controller.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.