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Businesses of every size need bookkeepers and clerical staff who produce and maintain the computerized financial records and documents that help businesses run efficiently. Their day-to-day tasks can range from preparing presentations to compiling financial reports for their supervisors and managers. It’s detailed work that demands attention and accuracy.

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FAQ'S

  • What are my chances of getting a Clerical Bookkeeping job when I graduate?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Clerical Bookkeeping certificate program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 8% finished in 9 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Clerical Bookkeeping certificate 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: $10,200
    Private education loans: $0
    Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 100% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

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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Clerical Bookkeeping Certificate from Baker College

BookkeepingCertificate

Add to your skills.

Prepare for great opportunities.

Businesses of every size need bookkeepers and clerical staff who produce and maintain the computerized financial records and documents that help businesses run efficiently. Their day-to-day tasks can range from preparing presentations to compiling financial reports for their supervisors and managers. It’s detailed work that demands attention and accuracy.

Discover Your Future Clerical Bookkeeping Career

Career Facts

$35,170

Median salary for Bookkeeping/Clerks

11%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$63,550

Median salary for Accountants/Auditors

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Overview

The Bookkeeping program at Baker College combines general office work with bookkeeping skills, a very desirable combination in today’s business world. Our curriculum includes accounting principles and electronic spreadsheets as well as general business, document processing, and basic computer skills. You learn from skilled professionals who have extensive experience in the field, gain the practical knowledge you need to succeed on the job.

Upon graduating, you’ll be fully prepared for an entry-level bookkeeping position in almost any industry.

Course Information
Major Requirements45 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
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
ADP 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores advanced aspects of Microsoft Word. Students will become proficient in various Microsoft Word tools, including: insert features, page layout, references and reports, and mailings.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 112
Workplace Technology I4
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 45

Program Description

This program combines the skills of a general office worker with those of a bookkeeper. This combination is highly desirable in today's employment market.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

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

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a Clerical Bookkeeping job when I graduate?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Clerical Bookkeeping certificate program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 8% finished in 9 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Clerical Bookkeeping certificate 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: $10,200
    Private education loans: $0
    Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 100% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Nicole Carter, Baker College Graduate
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Going to Baker gave me the confidence I needed; it made me feel like I still had something to offer.

Nicole Carter