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Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Business, Design, & Hospitality

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Transferable

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What do PPCC Accounting students study?

As a PPCC accounting student, you will work closely with your professors to analyze complex business transactions, to make sound financial decisions, and to become a responsible business professional. You will study and gain familiarity with:

  • Accounting software used in the workplace
  • Accounting theory
  • Practical application of accounting concepts
  • Reporting and communicating financial results
  • Tax code and how to prepare individual and small business returns
  • Payroll processing
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Accounting Classes you Might Take

The Accounting Department has a wide variety of course offerings. Check out a sampling of classes you might take.
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Presents the basic elements and concepts of accounting, with emphasis on the procedures used for maintaining journals, ledgers, and other related records, and for the completion of end-of-period reports for small service and merchandising businesses.

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Studies federal and state employment laws and their effects on personnel and payroll records. The course is non-technical and is intended to give students a practical working knowledge of the current payroll laws and actual experience in applying regulations. Students are exposed to computerized payroll procedures.

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Introduces the capabilities of computer applications in accounting. Includes solving accounting problems of a financial nature and hardware and software controls.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

    By the end of the program, Accounting graduates will be able to:

  • Perform each of the steps of the Accounting Cycle for a sole proprietorship, partnerships, and corporations
  • Apply basic Managerial Accounting concepts, including costing systems, budgets, and cost-volume-profit analysis
  • Apply ethical principles to solve Accounting dilemmas
  • Perform basic Accounting functions using Excel
  • Use QuickBooks in a business setting
  • Process payroll manually
  • Analyze individual taxpayer scenarios in order to prepare Income Tax returns, using the current Internal Revenue Co
  • Communicate Accounting concepts adequately in written format
PPCC alumni have moved into Accounting positions in local small businesses, multi-national corporations, banks, and not-for-profit government entities. 

Some graduates have gone on to complete their CPA licenses and are working in accounting firms. 
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Accounting Faculty Contact

Cristal Breitbeil
Rampart Campus W209

Advising Team