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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Certificate

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The Accounting Certificate is designed to provide basic financial knowledge in the accounting field and/or enhance current job skills. All of the classes will allow you seamless transfer into either the Accounting & Bookkeeping diploma or Accounting Specialist program. Additionally it offers accounting credentials that complement other degrees and adds additional skills to your resume.

For more information about the Accounting Certificate, please visit our website at

Locations: Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban

Students may start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

Complete ACC 131  Principles of Accounting I.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Accounting Certificate, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and receive a grade of “C” or higher in all ACC coursework.

Semester 1

Required Courses

Option Courses

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 10

These credits are applicable to the Accounting and Bookkeeping diploma  and the AAS degree in Accounting Specialist .


Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check with that institution regarding math requirements before selecting courses for this program.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1
Books (approximate) 450
Equipment-calculator 40

Approximate total for the program: $1,920*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Perform basic accounting tasks including analyzing transactions.
  • Apply computer skills using QuickBooks, Peachtree, and/or Excel.
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and the public.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained through course work.
• Be able to follow instructions.
• Communicate with coworkers, supervisors and the public.
• Demonstrate an understanding of business operations.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

• Each hour of class requires two to three hours of preparation.
• Reading and math skills are very important.
• Career advancement will ordinarily require further training and education.
• Regular classroom attendance is important for continuity of learning.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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