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Accounting Technology AAS degree

Mark Pfuntner, Chairperson
(585) 286-4640 (V/VP), mjpnvd@rit.edu

Program overview

The AAS degree in accounting technology prepares students for entry-level employment in accounting-related occupations. Students learn the functions of the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses. Graduates use computers to maintain and reconcile various financial records, verify business records, and perform other clerical and administrative duties.

The Associate+Bachelor’s degree program provides students with the foundation needed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. Students begin their studies in the associate of applied science program in accounting technology. Upon successful completion of five semesters of the AAS program, and with a minimum GPA of 2.5, students may enroll in RIT's School of Individualized Studies to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science. More information is available at www.ntid.rit.edu/businessstudies/accaplusb.

Places of employment

Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including business, industry, and government, as well as self-employment. Positions for which graduates qualify include junior accounting technician, cost accounting clerk, accounts receivable/payable clerk, payroll clerk, general accounting clerk, and microcomputer accounting clerk.

Prerequisites

English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students typically enter First Year Writing with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Any math course numbered NMTH-120 or higher is required. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Accounting technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies† 0
NCAR-010 Freshman Seminar 0
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NAST-160 Spreadsheet Applications for Business 3
NACC-130 Personal Finance 3
NAST-140 Essential Document Production 3
  First Year Writing 3
NMTH-120 Mathematics‡ 3
NACC-201 Accounting 1 3
NBUS-200 Orientation to Business 3
NAST-150 Advanced Document Production  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
NAST-210 Essentials of Business Communication  3
NACC-202 Accounting 2 3
NAST-215 Integrated Document Production 3
NAST-220 Database Applications for Business 3
NACC-203 Accounting 3 3
NBUS-217 Fundamentals of Management  3
NBUS-213 Applied Ethics for Business 3
NACC-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 6 3
NACC-204 Accounting Capstone 3
NBUS-223 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
NBUS-220 Introduction to Economics 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 75

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† An ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies (AASASLDCS) course is required for graduation. It can be taken in any semester and can be taken at NTID or another college of RIT. In order to fulfill this requirement as part of the credit hours in the program, it can be a course approved for both AASASLDCS and an LAS Perspective or LAS Elective or it can be used to fulfill an Open Elective.

‡ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

Additional information

Microsoft certification

The department operates an authorized testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist. Preparatory courses are offered for several exams each semester.




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

The AAS degree in accounting technology prepares students for entry-level employment in accounting-related occupations. Students learn the functions of the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses.

On-the-job responsibilities

Graduates will use computers to maintain and reconcile various financial records, verify business records, and perform other clerical and administrative duties.

Places of employment

Graduates will find employment in a variety of settings, including business, industry, and government, as well as self-employment. Positions for which graduates qualify include junior accounting technician, cost accounting clerk, accounts receivable/payable clerk, payroll clerk, general accounting clerk, and microcomputer accounting clerk.

Prerequisites

English: Placement into the College of Liberal Arts’ Writing Seminar (0502-227) course. Students typically enter Writing Seminar with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Mathematics Applications for Business Technology (0884-155) is required. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Accounting technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0801-201, 202 Accounting I, II 8
0804-101 Orientation to Business 3
0804-110 Business English 3
0804-111 Keyboarding 2
0804-112 OAS Formatting 3
0804-113 OAS Document Production I 4
0804-211 Records Management/Business Calculations 3
0804-212 Payroll/Spreadsheet Applications 3
0804-286 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
  Mathematics Requirement‡ 7
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
0502-227 Writing Seminar 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Science (Level B) 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0801-203, 204 Accounting III, IV 8
0801-252, 253 Cost Accounting I, II 8
0804-221 OAS Document Production II 4
0804-284 Fundamentals of Management 3
  Liberal Arts* 4
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
0882-242 Law and Society 3
0801-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0511-211 Principles of Microeconomics 4
0801-260 Applied Accounting Techniques 2
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 105

* Please see NTID's General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Mathematics Applications for Business Technology (0884-155) and another mathematics elective at level B or higher are required.

Accounting technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NAST-160 Spreadsheet Applications for Business 3
NACC-130 Personal Finance 3
NAST-140 Essential Document Production 3
  ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies†  
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
NMTH 120 Mathematics‡ 3
NACC-201 Accounting 1 3
NBUS-200 Orientation to Business 3
NAST-150 Advanced Document Production  3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
NAST-210 Essentials of Business Communication  3
NACC-202 Accounting 2 3
NAST-215 Integrated Document Production 3
NAST-220 Database Applications for Business 3
NACC-203 Accounting 3 3
NBUS-217 Fundamentals of Management  3
NBUS-213 Applied Ethics for Business 3
NACC-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 6 3
NACC-204 Accounting Capstone 3
NBUS-223 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
ECON-101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 75

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† A 3-credit ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT Gen Ed credit if it is simultaneously an RIT (non-NTID) Perspective Category course.

‡ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

Additional information

Microsoft certification

The department operates an authorized testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist. Preparatory courses are offered for several exams each quarter.