Apply your skills to help businesses run efficiently.

Prepare for opportunities.

Every organization needs people who are skilled in accounting. The day-to-day work of accountants ranges from preparing financial records and reports to completing tax returns—and requires attention to detail, the ability to analyze, compare, and interpret financial data. Accountants are also instrumental in helping organizations grow by providing management with the financial information needed for planning, decision-making, and operational performance.

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  • What financing options are available to help me pay for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $24,300
    Books and supplies: $5,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $8,100.

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Accounting Associate Degree from Baker College

AccountingAssociate of Business

Apply your skills to help businesses run efficiently.

Prepare for opportunities.

Every organization needs people who are skilled in accounting. The day-to-day work of accountants ranges from preparing financial records and reports to completing tax returns—and requires attention to detail, the ability to analyze, compare, and interpret financial data. Accountants are also instrumental in helping organizations grow by providing management with the financial information needed for planning, decision-making, and operational performance.

Discover Your Future Accounting Degree

Career Facts

$35,170

Median salary for Accounting

11%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$63,550

Median salary for Accountants

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Overview

Baker's Accounting program is designed with the input of employers in the field to prepare you for an entry-level accounting position, or to do further study within the discipline. As a Baker student, you learn from professional accountants, whose experience helps you develop a deeper understanding of modern accounting work. You not only gain theoretical knowledge, you also develop the skills you need to begin work in the field right away. 

Upon graduation, you'll be fully prepared for an entry-level accounting position in public, corporate, or governmental accounting. 

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Accounting Major27 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the beneficial role technology plays in processing accounting information. Emphasis is placed on hands-on application utilizing QuickBooks. Specific topics studied include setting up company information, maintenance of accounts and records, journalizing and posting transactions, closing the books and creating financial statements, payroll reports, cost accounting, and inventory management.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241, INF 113
Computerized Accounting4
ACC 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Completes the study of financial and managerial accounting fundamentals. Coverage includes a detail review of the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, statement of cash flows, and detailed coverage of long-term liabilities and equity. Also, managerial topics of standard costing and activity-based costing are covered.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 122
Accounting Concepts4
ACC 251
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies all aspects of payroll operations, including personnel and payroll records, computations of wages and salaries, relevant laws and acts pertaining to payroll, preparation of payroll registers, recording of accounting entries, and preparation of payroll tax returns.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241
Payroll Accounting4
ACC 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Begins an in-depth study of the theory and conceptual issues relevant to presentation of financial information for use in external decision-making processes. Emphasis is placed on reporting and disclosure requirements for a complex, classified balance sheet. Other topics include a review of the accounting cycle, preparation of financial statements, the conceptual framework, GAAP, and account reconciliation.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241 or ACC 291.
Intermediate Accounting I4
ACC 341B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of federal and state taxation related to individuals. Students will examine the federal tax system; research and apply tax law; and calculate gross income, deductions, and future tax liability. Tax planning for the individual will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121
Individual Taxation4
ELECT 100A
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4 Quarter Hours

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Elective4
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
WRK 218
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides twelve-weeks of intensive career research for Online campus students, who cannot obtain an internship, the opportunity to conduct intensive career research based on their major and career goals. Students will complete multiple career related research assignments, including two informational interviews. Eligible students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours and 75 percent of major core requirements prior to requesting enrollment in this course. Enrollment is allowed by permission from the Online Career Services (OCS) staff. Contact the OCS staff at careerserv-ol@baker.edu for more details.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience Project4
WRKBS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Program completion based on Associate or Bachelor requirements may vary between programs. There may be certain course requirements that require completion prior to enrolling in the work experience course.

Work Experience4
Business Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting I4
ACC 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting II4
ECN 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to aggregate economic issues to include inflation, unemployment, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP); economic theories; market system; and the role of government.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECN 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the functions of individual business decision making, market structures, market failures, and the role of government within the economy.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Microeconomics4
FIN 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a balanced exposure to development and understanding the various aspects involved in managing one's personal finance.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Personal Finance4
LAW 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the legal issues inherent in dynamic business environments. Topics covered include the legal system, including an examination of constitutional law; business torts; contracts; intellectual property; criminal law; and the ethical considerations for business decision making.

Business Law4
MGT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a basic understanding of many aspects of business through an overview of the changing business environment, the roles of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the importance of customer relations, management, and marketing. Financial management, accounting and banking will also be discussed.

Introduction to Business4
MKT 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing4
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 141A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to develop computer-based presentations. Topics include creating slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and outlines as well as the use of PowerPoint Wizards and Templates.

Microsoft PowerPoint2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 95

Program Description

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the accounting field. The coursework will develop the skills necessary to record, present, and analyze financial data as well as provide learning experiences that will shape the competencies required for successful office management, accounting clerk, staff accountant, and bookkeeper positions. Students wishing to obtain the national certification for bookkeepers may elect this option. Students who desire CPA licensure should elect the BBA-Accounting program.

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

Baker College has received specialized accreditation for it's business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Web address: http://www.iacbe.org/.

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

View Associate degree level IACBE Outcomes and Reports.

Student Learning Outcomes

The programs listed below denote undergraduate programs that have received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. Graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency through meeting the following set of outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the introductory concept of accounting, economics, management, and marketing.
  • The ability to use decision-support tools.
  • The ability to communicate effectively.

The following business programs are accredited by the IACBE:

Associate Degree of Business

  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Computer Information Systems
  • Accounting/Management
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management – Articulated Credit
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
  • Supply Chain

For further information, please contact Cindy Gansen, System Director for Business Administration at cindy.gansen@baker.edu or (810) 766-2286.

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  • What financing options are available to help me pay for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $24,300
    Books and supplies: $5,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $8,100.

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Michele Favoretto
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Right after graduation I had a ton of confidence because I had this degree behind me.

Michele Favoretto