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​Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree
Accou​nting Technic​ian Diploma​

Program Overview

An accountant examines, analyzes and interprets accounting data for the purpose of giving advice and preparing financial statements. Duties may include performing such activities as recording receipts and disbursements, and preparing state and federal reports. The accountant ​may prepare reports and statements on a computer or manually. 

Excellent reading skills and a combination of interest and ability to concentrate on detail, an analytical mind, good judgment and absolute integrity are necessary for success in the field of accounting.

The Accounting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program prepares students for immediate employment in related business support areas. Students will learn accounting theory, financial statement analysis, and accounting computer software applications.

The Accounting Technician Diploma program prepares students to monitor and control various types of electronic data processing equipment used to process accounting data. Software applications would include automated general ledger and other accounting subsystems, spreadsheet applications, database management, and the use of graphics. The accounting technician may also assist in the planning and implementation of automated accounting systems.

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • How to examine, analyze and interpret accounting data.
  • Use of computer software application to prepare general ledgers, accounting subsystems, spreadsheet applications and data base management.
  • Preparation of financial information and statements.
  • Preparation of State and Federal reports.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal tax requirements and preparation of tax returns.

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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  • Career Settings

    • Accounting departments in governmental agencies
    • Financial institutions
    • Private business and industry
    • Public accounting firms
    • Work in the areas of public or private accounting, non-profit accounting, auditing, taxation, cost accounting or managerial positions.
    Potential Employers
    • First Bank Systems
    • 3M
    • Cortec Corporation
    • Medtronic, Inc.
    • City of Saint Paul
    • Berc & Fox Ltd., CPA​
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    ​Accounting AAS Degree 

    • ​BBA Accounting, Concordia University-St. Paul 
    • BBA Finance, Concordia University-St. Paul 
    • ​BS Accounting, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus 
    • BS Applied Management, Dunwoody College of Technology 
    • BS Business ​Management, Herzing University 
    • ​BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University​

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  • Program Advisor

    ​Jim O’Halloran

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​ACBSP Accredited
Associate’s degree accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (https://www.acbsp.org)​ for meeting the rigorous educational standards established by the ACBSP.​​

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Business Department Mission
The mission of the Business Department at Saint Paul College is to sustain the College mission by providing quality, lifelong business education supported by technology for a diverse, metropolita​n student population.​​

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