Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting at Rio Salado College is one of several options for students seeking to gain skills and knowledge in the field of accounting. Possible entry-level jobs for this program include accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, claims clerk, credit clerk, full-charge bookkeeper, accounting intern, or comparable positions. Accountants engage in a wide variety of activities, from preparing financial statements to recording business transactions and tracking financial performance.

A graduate of this major should be able to identify and apply generally accepted accounting principles, understand the impact of operating, investing, and financing decisions on the business entity, organize, prepare, analyze, and interpret financial data and statements, interpret and apply federal income tax laws applicable to the individual and sole proprietor, identify, use, and interpret cost accounting information, identify the laws that affect business, use microcomputers (PCs) and related accounting software, including spreadsheet and database, for the preparation and analysis of accounting information and related financial statements, and understand the use of accounting information systems and their application in today's business environment.

The total amount of credits required for this degree is 60-65, and students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended for course selection.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 


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