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Accounting Clerk Certificate

Last updated 4/1/2014

Certificate Code: 5731

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Mary Kline, 309-796-5321, klinem@bhc.edu
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


The Accounting Clerk curriculum is offered by the Department of Business and Office Technology Education (QC) and the Department of Business and Technology (EC).

This program is designed to prepare the graduate for employment in small to medium-sized businesses, performing jobs ranging from general office duties to basic accounting tasks.

Accounting Clerk Certificate
Certificate Code: 5731
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
2BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BA 266 — Business Policy (3)
BA 170 — Fundamentals of Accounting I (3)
BA 171 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab I (1)
BE 145A — Information Processing I or   (1)
BE 145B — Information Processing II
BE 146 — Excel for Business (3)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Second Semester
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
BA 180 — Fundamentals of Accounting II (3)
BA 181 — Fundamentals of Accounting Lab II (1)
BA 220 — Business Math II (3)
BA 290 — Accounting Applications I (2)
1BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
ACCT 121 — Accounting with QuickBooks  or  (2)
ACCT 122 — Accounting with Peachtree

Minimum total hours required for certificate (35)

Business electives should be selected from any of the specialty courses listed below or from any class with an ACCT, BA, BL or ECON prefix.

1Students enrolling in BE 180 must have the appropriate COMPASS test score or have taken COMM 105 as a prerequisite.
2Students enrolling in BA 160 must have a minimum of 32 on the COMPASS pre-algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on the ACT math.

Courses for this program include: »

ACCT 121  Accounting with QuickBooks
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
A study of the procedures and uses of QuickBooks software to account for the transactions of a business.

ACCT 122  Accounting with Peachtree
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
A study of the procedures and uses of Peachtree software to account for the transactions of a business.

BA 110  Introduction to Business
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic course introducing major kinds of business organizations and forms of ownership. Study of vocabulary and functions of activities such as financing, marketing, management, personnel administration, and international business.

BA 160  Business Math I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: A minimum score of 32 on COMPASS pre- algebra test or a minimum score of 22 on ACT math.
A short review of basic math concepts and their application to actual business problems. Covers insurance, interest calculations, merchandising discounts, taxes, dividends and basic statistical measures.

BA 170  Fundamentals of Accounting I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA 180, is designed for two-year career program students desiring to enter business occupations, not for transfer to a four-year college.

BA 171  Fundamentals of Accounting Lab I
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of BA 170.
Basic principles, procedures, and methods of accounting. Provides accounting theory and practice as applied to proprietorships and partnerships. Stresses use of accounting data in business decisions. With BA170, BA180 and BA181 is designed for two-year carer program students desiring to enter business occupations.

BA 180  Fundamentals of Accounting II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BA 170 and BA 171; BA 160 recommended.
Continues study of basic accounting principles and procedures as applied to corporations, manufacturing and merchandising businesses. With BA 170, is designed for two-year career program students desiring to enter business occupations, not for transfer to a four-year college.

BA 181  Fundamentals of Accounting Lab II
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in BA 180.
Continues study of basic accounting principles and procedures as applied to corporations, partnerships, and manufacturing, and merchandising businesses. With BA170, BA171, and BA180 is designed for two-year carers program students desiring to enter business occupations.

BA 220  Business Math II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BA 160 or instructor consent.
An advanced introduction survey of mathematics (basic algebra and statistics) as used in complex business problems and situations. The emphasis will be on problem identification analysis and the application of and use of quantitative tools and techniques to solve them.

BA 266  Business Policy and Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to ethical decision making in business. Special attention is given to making informed ethical decisions on a daily basis. Models of ethical and unethical decision making are analyzed.

BA 290  Accounting Applications I
2 cr. hrs.
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BA 170 and BA 171 or instructor consent.
This practicum is a hands-on course primarily covering payroll systems, payroll tax forms (all federal/state/local), and sales tax forms and pegboard accounting systems.

BE 145A  Information Processing I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145B  Information Processing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 146  Excel for Business
1-3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Use of current spreadsheet software on microcomputers.

BE 180  Business Communications
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: See assessment and placement guide.
Techniques of effective written communications for business. This will include psychology of communicating with customer service emphasis, focus on international communications, and accuracy and conciseness needed for in-house e-mail.

COMM 105  Essentials of English
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Reviews grammar, punctuation, usage and sentence structure and organizational principles of writing through a variety of tasks. COMM 105 is a required course in several career curricula.


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Accounting Clerk Certificate