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General Accounting Certificate


The purpose of this certificate is for students to learn accounting (manual & computer) skills to prepare for an entry-level accounting position in a small to medium-size business. Some of the courses are offered online. Courses can be applied to the A.A.S. or A.S. in Accounting. The courses from this program are delivered in the classroom and/or online. This certificate qualifies for the Workforce Investment Act.



2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Financial Accounting      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the accounting principles and concepts used to understand and develop financial statements. Topics include accruals and deferrals, revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, equities, and cash flows. The course will analyze current industry financial statements from the point of view of investors and creditors for profitability, liquidity and risk.
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    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2112
    Course Title:Managerial Accounting      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Managerial accounting focuses on the three main activities performed by managers: planning, controlling, and decision-making. This course consists of preparing a variety of reports for internal use and analyzing them in the company's decision-making process. Prerequisite: ACCT 2111
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    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2230
    Course Title:Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides a hands-on approach to learning how current (on the market) computerized accounting systems are used and installed. The following modules are covered: general ledger, financial statements, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, inventory and payroll. Note: Knowledge of accounting debits and credits and CIS 1101 or computer experience is recommended. Prerequisite: Acct 2111
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    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Human Relations & Professional Skills      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course focuses on the skills necessary to be successful and effective in the workplace. In addition to effectively contributing to a team while working with a diverse population, topics include: understanding human behavior, personal qualities of success, emotional intelligence, communication, workplace etiquette, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and goal setting.
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    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1300
    Course Title:Legal Environment of Business      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Students will study the basic principles of law and the societal forces which influence the development of these principles. Topics include legal procedure, court structure, ethics, international law, constitutional law, administrative law, contracts, sales, torts, business entities, business regulation, and consumer protection. The focus of the course is on business entities, their employees and customers.
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    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Principles of Management      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the functions of management: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The course explores how each of the management functions are implemented to impact organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Local, national, and global environments are presented as strategic factors to be understood by contemporary managers. The importance of managing competitively and intelligently within a diverse environment is stressed. Situational cases are completed to reinforce decision-making in each of the function areas.
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Decision Making Excel      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course uses Microsoft Excel as a problem solving tool in analyzing and designing solutions for common business and organizational problems and then using that information to guide decision-making. This course is for anyone who has to analyze, share, chart and manage information to make more informed decisions. Problems are taken from management, accounting and finance, manufacturing and production, sales and marketing and human resources. Beginning to advanced spreadsheet concepts covered include creating, editing, formatting, printing and saving worksheets, creating charts, filtering lists, creating pivot tables, inventing macros, importing data, creating data tables, evaluating and using functions, constructing formulas, integrating worksheet data with other programs and ethical Excel practices. After this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Excel Exam. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1260
    Course Title:Business Communications and Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides students the knowledge to become successful communicators in a business environment through improving and practicing written, oral, face to face, and virtual technology based communication skills, processes, and strategies. This class will incorporate the effective use of Web-based communication, video conferencing, e-mail etiquette, presentation skills, presentation technologies, teleconferencing, and telephone usage. Students will also apply improved verbal, nonverbal, listening, writing, team, conflict, and negotiation skills in organizational situations. This course is for any student wishing to increase their business communication effectiveness in a global and technological business environment. Recommended: Completion of ENGL 1201 College Writing I and CIS 1101 Business Computer Systems I.
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    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    ACCT2250 or ACCT2260 - 1 course
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2250
    Course Title:Small Business Payroll or      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:Students taking this course will prepare and analyze payroll transactions, federal/state payroll tax reports. Prerequisite: Acct 2111
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    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2260
    Course Title:Small Business Income Taxes      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course will assist the student in understanding corporation and personal (Schedule C) tax requirements. It will also show students what they must do to prepare and maintain tax information for the year end business income tax statements. Prerequisite: Acct 2111
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    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    9 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credit Required28

  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:

    • The theory and practice of the accounting process

    Intellectual and Practical Skills:

    • How to analyze financial information and make business decisions using critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • How to communicate effectively, in oral and written forms

    Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:

    • How to evaluate professional responsibilities, including ethical issues

    Integrative and Applied Learning:

    • Use of technology including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    Upon completion of the program the student will be prepared for entry level work in the accounting field. Courses in this degree may transfer to four year colleges. Consult with an advisor for further information.

  • Career Opportunities

    p>Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

    Gainful Employment Program Information

    General Accounting

  • Transfer Information

    p>If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    p>Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least one-third of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    p>North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building