Accounting Technician

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T)

Accounting Technician


About The Program

Accounting is a critical business function offering many career opportunities. Students will learn basic skills for entry-level accounting positions such as accounting technician, accounts payable and accounts receivable in private industry, state and local government, and public accounting.

The Accounting Technician program offers an introduction into taxation, computerized accounting as well as financial and managerial accounting and meets the academic requirements to apply for admittance into Lower Columbia's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. The BAS in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management (BAS-OLTM), along with the foundation of the Accounting Technician (AAS-T) degree, prepares accounting practitioners for positions in leadership, technical management and supervision.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

ACCT 101  Intro to Accounting Concepts 5
ACCT 150 Payroll Accounting and Business Tax Reporting 5
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II 5
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III 5
ACCT 241 Intro to Quickbooks 5
ACCT 244 Individual Income Taxation 5
ACCT 275 Accounting Tech Capstone 5
ACCT 288 Cooperative Work Experience 4
BTEC 130 Electronic Calculators I 1
BTEC 131 Intro to Spreadsheets 5
BTEC 135 Advanced Data Analysis 5
BUS 100 Foundations of Business Success 3
BUS 104 Business Math Applications 5
BUS 150 Customer Service/Management 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
COLL 289 Employment Portfolio Seminar 1

Students must pass each course listed in Program Requirements with a 'C' or above.

One of the following 5 credit courses may be substituted for ACCT 288/COLL 289 with program advisor permission:

ECON& 202 Macro Economics 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 99 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in the program requirements.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrate competency in performing all steps in the accounting cycle, individual taxation, managerial accounting, and payroll processing. (GS)
  • Apply foundational accounting concepts. (GS)
  • Display effective problem solving and decision-making skills within the different accounting fields. (GS)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of common accounting software tools, including, but not limited to, the following: QuickBooks, Microsoft-Access, and Microsoft-Excel.
  • Recognize the commitment to lifelong learning required of those in the accounting profession.
  • Apply the use of customer service skills in business environments. (GS)
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Contract Law and the Uniform Commercial Code. (GS)
  • Communicate business, financial and accounting information to appropriate constituents. (GS)

Revised May 2023 (effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.


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