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Small Business Accounting Certificate


The purpose of this certificate is for students to learn basic accounting (manual and computer) skills that are used in small businesses. Some of the courses are offered online. Courses can be applied to the 29-credit General Accounting Certificate or 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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    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Program Electives - 5 credits
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2112
    Course Title:Managerial Accounting or      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 or      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: 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 or      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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    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2300
    Course Title:Accounting Capstone or      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This final capstone course in the accounting sequence is designed to extend and integrate your understanding of theoretical and practical issues in accounting, including the analytical and decision making processes for business enterprises. Further development of theoretical and practical issues from prerequisite courses and reinforcement of communication skills (writing, discussion, and presentation) are central elements of this course. This course will provide the student with the ability to enter the job market or transfer to a four year school with a good understanding of the accounting functions of a small business. Prerequisites: ACCT 2111, ACCT 2112 and CIS 1220 (or with instructor approval)
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    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 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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    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    3 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credit Required9

  • Program Outcomes

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    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

    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 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.

  • 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