Accounting Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree

Gain the preparation you need for an exciting career in accounting-related occupations.

Overview for Accounting Technology AAS

The accounting technology program prepares you for a career in accounting-related occupations. You’ll learn the functions of the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses. As a graduate of the program, you’ll use computers to maintain and reconcile various financial records, verify business records, and perform other clerical and administrative duties. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students.

Accounting technology, offered by RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is available as an associate in applied science (AAS) degree or as an Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Program.

The AAS degree in accounting technology is a career-focused degree program that leads to immediate entry into well-paying careers at the paraprofessional or technician level.

The Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Program in accounting technology prepares you to complete an RIT bachelor’s degree. In this option, upon successful completion of the AAS degree in accounting technology, provided you maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average in the program, you will enroll into RIT’s School of Individualized Study where you can pursue an individualized program bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about the benefits of pursuing an Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Microsoft Certification

NTID's business studies department operates an authorized testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist. Preparatory courses are offered for several exams each semester.


Careers and Cooperative Education

Typical Job Titles

Junior Accounting Technician Cost Accounting Clerk
Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk Payroll Clerk
General Accounting Clerk Microcomputer Accounting Clerk


  • Accounting
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Insurance
  • Higher Education
  • Government (Local, State, Federal)
  • Non-Profit

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Students in the accounting technology program are required to complete a cooperative education experience prior to graduation. You may schedule your co-op after completing your second-year academic requirements.

Curriculum Update in Process for 2024-2025 for Accounting Technology AAS

Current Students: See Curriculum Requirements

Accounting Technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Personal Finance
This course provides students with information and resources needed to understand the creation and implementation of a budget, use of credit and borrowing money responsibly, financial rights and ways to safeguard their money, and factors used to determine their readiness to buy a home or make other major purchases. Information on financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and savings and loan organizations will also be covered. This course will provide students with basic financial literacy so they can develop sound financial management of their personal income as well as an understanding of the economic events that can influence their financial well being and society as a whole. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Accounting 1
Introduction to accounting principles for both accounting and nonaccounting students. Service and merchandising (retail/wholesale) businesses are introduced. Focus is on analyzing and recording of business transactions using the double-entry accounting system. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-160 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Essential Document Production
This course is for students with little or no knowledge of word processing software, limited keyboarding experience, and those that have a minimum of 20 net words per minute. Emphasis is on keyboarding skill development as well as an introduction to basic word processing skills. Students key and format business correspondence, reports, and tables. The expectation is to exit this course with a 30 net words per minute typing proficiency for five minutes. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Advanced Document Production
This course focuses on effective management of document production activities by integrating document formatting and applications using various types of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and slide presentation software. Students will also learn to efficiently use electronic office procedures. Emphasis is on the mastery of skills and their application to a variety of realistic office document production projects. Typing skill development continues with an expected exit speed of 45+ net words per minute for five minutes. (Prerequisite: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NAST-140 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Spreadsheet Applications
Emphasis will be on creating, formatting, and enhancing worksheets; creating and applying formulas and functions; building and formatting charts; using What-If analysis and creating templates. Upon completion, students will be able to design and enhance basic spreadsheets. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Orientation to Business
This course introduces students to a broad overview of the form and structure of multinational organizations. It provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, organization and operation of business and its particular vocabulary. (NTID Supported Students.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring).
Freshman Seminar
The course provides incoming deaf and hard-of-hearing students admitted to NTID undergraduate programs with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students will have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills, and participate in experiential learning opportunities while establishing meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 2 (Fall, Spring).
General Education – Elective*
General Education – Elective†
General Education – Ethical Perspective*
General Education – First Year Writing (WI)
Second Year
Accounting 2
This course is a continuation of Accounting 1 (NACC-201). Topics covered include accounting principles and procedures related to notes payable and receivable, the valuation of receivables, inventories, fixed assets, partnerships, retained earnings, and the analysis of financial statements. A comprehensive capstone project is completed. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NACC-201 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 5 (Fall, Spring).
Accounting 3
This final course in this sequence primarily focuses on Cost Accounting including manufacturing statements, cost theory, integration of materials, labor and overhead, average and FIFO process costing methods, equivalent units, multiple products, changes in units, budgeting, cost classification and computerized applications. Providing students with an opportunity to reinforce and apply accounting skills previously learned. Through comprehensive research, they will be able to review and analyze financial data to see the impact on managerial decisions. Students complete a simulation project. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NACC-202 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Payroll
This course introduces students to the process by which a company calculates and provides compensation (salaries or wages) to its employees for the work they have performed during a specific period, typically on a regular basis such as weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Students will gain a foundational understanding of payroll management, and a solid grasp of payroll processes and regulations. This knowledge is valuable for anyone pursuing a career in business, finance, or human resources. Through this course, students will learn the fundamental concepts, legal requirements, and practical skills needed to effectively manage payroll. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NACC-201 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Co-op: Accounting Technology/Business Technology
Designed to give students an opportunity to gain work experience, to apply what has been learned and to self-evaluate personal and communication skills. Placement assistance is provided to help students find a job related to their field of study. One co-op experience is required for graduation. CO OP (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Essentials of Business Communication
This is a course in the essentials of business communication for today's fast-paced global environment. Emphasis will be on the message and the modes of communication used in the business environment. Participants will engage in effective communication skills through writings (traditional and electronic), face-to-face interactions, and team presentations. Course content will also include emphasis on non-grammar language applications in business communication. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Database Applications
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of a database management system for creating, maintaining, manipulating, retrieving, and printing business data. Students will learn to create various forms and design reports for storing and displaying data. In addition, the student will create switchboard systems and allow users to view data in multiple dimensions. Students will also learn to save database objects in HTML format so they can be viewed by a browser and imported or exported in XML format. (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Applied Ethics
This course introduces ethical issues facing the workplace. Students will learn about common work-related ethical issues, and evaluate problems concerning professional conduct and moral conflict. Students will also learn what ethical behavior is, how to recognize ethical behavior, and how to model ethical behavior in the workplace. Individual, organizational and societal needs will be taken into consideration during the students’ decision-making process (NTID Supported Students.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Fundamentals of Management
This course focuses on the management aspect of organizations. Students will learn a variety of methods management uses to stay organized, lead and motivate employees as well as how controls are established to ensure company goals are met. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the multi-faceted roles of leaders and managers in the workplace. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NBUS-200 or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring).
General Education – Artistic Perspective*
General Education – Global Perspective*
General Education – Social Perspective*
Third Year
Bookkeeping Fundamentals
This course offers a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this specialized area of accounting. This course prepares students to become proficient in bookkeeping while using advanced accounting software. Students will gain skills in managing financial transactions, maintaining records, and how to contribute to the financial health of a business. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NACC-201 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall, Spring).
Introduction to Economics
This course gives an overview of economic concepts. Students examine economic problems in a rational manner by learning the fundamental processes of economic analysis and the skills of economic reasoning. This course includes selected knowledge and skills from the economic discipline presented in the form of concepts and applications that are most important to economic literacy for students. Lec/Lab 4 (Fall).
Fundamentals of Marketing
This course introduces the field of marketing and its focus on how consumer behavior effects in the marketplace (domestically and internationally). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing mix and its impact on the external market environment. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to NTID supported students who have completed NBUS-200 or equivalent course.) Lecture 4 (Fall, Spring).
Open Elective*
General Education – Scientific Principles Perspective
Total Semester Credit Hours

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum (GE) 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 a General Education – Perspective or General Education – Elective or it can be used to fulfill an Open Elective.

† Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-140 or higher.

Admissions and Financial Aid

For the career-focused AAS degree

  • 2 years of math required
  • 1 year of science required
  • English language skills as evidenced by application materials determine associate degree options.

For the AAS degree leading to bachelor’s degree (Associate+Bachelor’s program)

  • 2 years of math required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have three or more years of math.
  • 1 year of science required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have two or more years of science.
  • Physics is recommended for students interested in engineering.
  • English language skills as evidenced by application materials determine associate degree options.

Specific English, mathematics, and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 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 130 or higher on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores of 67 or higher on the NTID Writing Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores above 98 on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores above 50 on the NTID Writing Test.
  • Mathematics: Any math course numbered NMTH-140 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.
  • ACT: For the Career-Focused AAS degree, the ACT middle 50% composite score is 14-17. For the Associate+Bachelor AAS degree, the ACT middle 50% composite score is 18-21 (optional).

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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