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Accounting Assistant Certificate
The Billings campus of Montana State University offers its students an Accounting Assistant Certificate, which helps students to gain foundational skills and knowledge in Accounting and competencies related to meeting the responsibilities and challenges of an Accounting Assistant. This program is offered to students in a completely online format so as to help students maintain their schedules and careers while earning this degree. This certificate program aims to equip students with competencies in basic business computer applications, like: Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and others, as well as the use of computerized accounting software. An objective of this program is to prepare its graduates for entry-level employment in accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and general accounting. Students will be able to acquire employment as accounting assistants, accounting clerks, and accounting administrative assistants. It is important to note that the credits earned toward this certificate can be used toward the Accounting Technology Associate of Applied Science degree. An individual can use this certificate as either a supplement to their current level of education and professional experience or as a lead into a new field of work.
This program requires students to take and complete 36 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Accounting Associate Certificate. If a student takes 18 credit hours of courses per semester, then they can finish this program in less than a calendar year. The required courses include: Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace and Keyboard Applications (Ten Key). It is important to note that there may be some prerequisites to some courses in the Communications and Mathematics subject areas. Students may be required to take and complete those courses or to prove their knowledge of the subject area in order to take some required courses. Competencies can be proven through performance on placement tests or through transfer credits.
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