2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog

Accounting Technology Certificate Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Accounting Technology Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Math Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: This course provides you with experience in working with algebraic solving techniques, working with exponents and the mathematics of finance. These are tools that assist with data analysis in accounting.

  • Course purpose: This course applies math to a variety of areas. Topics will include graphical- and formula-derived solutions, statistics, applied problems, and communicationg solutins. Additional topics may also include management science, statistics, social choice, patterns, and financial applications.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options.

3. Principles of Accounting I & II

Take both

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Spreadsheet Applications

5. English Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: This course will provide you with effective communication skills.

  • Course purpose: Effective communications are key to success in any accounting / business position. This course is recommended for Business DTA majors or if you planning on transferring to another institution after Pierce to continue towards their 4-year degree.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

6. QuickBooks

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

7. Nonprofit Management and Reporting

8. Accounting/Management Course Recommendation

Choose one group

Group A

9. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

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  • Course purpose: An understanding of computer technology, vocabulary and information processing are developed here. Exercises include higher-level programming language and lab assignments.

  • Course purpose: Learn the most popular software applications used for word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and note taking purposes using various local and cloud-based storage. Recommended for BAS - Applied Business Management students.

10. Accounting Systems

11. Payroll and Business Taxes

12. Human Relations in the Workplace

13. Microsoft Office Skills

Choose all

14. Ten-Key Mastery

Total Credits: 71-73

Program Code: 505T

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