Accounting

Welcome to the Accounting Program at Kaua'i Community College! 

Accounting is considered the language of business an integral part of every organization. The Accounting Program provides a strong foundation to prepare you for success in pursuing both your academic goals and employment in the accounting industry. Our instructors are active, licensed Certified Public Accountants in Hawaii each with over 20 years of experience.

Classroom teaching methods are modernized using technology, and we emphasize interactive learning which include field trips, guest speakers from industry, collaborative projects, and numerous in-class activities. Our internship course provide valuable work experience for future employment, and help bridge the gap between acquired academic knowledge and industry application.

We provide exceptional learning experiences that prepare students for successful careers in the Accounting industry which include jobs in bookkeeping, payroll processing, tax preparation, and office assisting. Pursuing a four-year degree further opens work opportunities in forensic accounting, data analytics, global accounting management, and financial planning. There are many, many facets to accounting which can lead to a variety of accounting careers.

Graduation Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher in all Accounting program courses is required for graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Convey financial information clearly and appropriately to the audience and purpose.
  2. Organize, analyze, interpret, and present timely and accurate financial information.
  3. Apply accounting principles and techniques as needed.
  4. Use standard and emerging technologies to perform basic office functions and to improve quality and productivity.
  5. Maintain professional and personal development.
  6. Demonstrate work attitude, behavior, and appearance that contribute to continued employability.
  7. Use critical thinking skills that reflect legal and ethical standards and values of the accounting profession.

We offer area specific Certificates which build into the two-year Associate's Degree, and have options for continuing on to a four-year Bachelor's Degree. 

Guided Pathways to Completion

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Accounting Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS), 60-61 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 - Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 - Using Excel in Accounting (formerly ACC 155 & BUSN 130) (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Cultural Environment  (3 credits)
  • Written Communication/ENG 100 (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 Payroll and Hawaii GET (3 credits)
  • BLAW 200 Legal Environment in Business (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Thinking, Reasoning/ Mathematics (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 126 Principles of Accounting III (3 credits)
  • ACC 134 Individual Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Social Environment (3 credits)
  • Written Communication/Core Options (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • ACC 137 Business Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • ACC 193V Cooperative Education (1‐3 credits if completed ACC 201) (1 credits)
  • ACC 252 Using Quickbooks in Accounting (formerly ACC 128) (3 credits)
  • Natural Environment (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Social Environment (3 credits)

Total credits    60-61

*For the AAS, CA, and COs (except Basic Accounting), ACC 201 fulfills the requirements for ACC 124 and ACC 125; ACC 202 fulfills the requirements for ACC 126.

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Accounting Certificate of Achievement (CA), 28-31 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 Payroll and Hawaii GET (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 Using Quickbooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Thinking/Reasoning Mathematics (3 credits)

Summer Semester

  • ACC 193V Cooperative Education (1‐3 credits if completed ACC 201) (1 credit)

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 134 Individual Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Total credits    28-31

*For the AAS, CA, and COs (except Basic Accounting), ACC 201 fulfills the requirements for ACC 124 and ACC 125.

 

Course requirement for Basic Accounting Certificate of Competence (CO) 9 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 126 Principles of Accounting III or ACC 252 Using QuickBooks in Accounting (3 credits)

Total credits 9 credits

Accounting Office Assistant Certificate of Competence (CO) 18 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 Using Excel in Accounting (formerly ACC 155 & BUSN 130) (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • Thinking/Reasoning Mathematics (3 credits)

Total credits    18

Accounting Assistant Certificate of Achievement (CA) 24 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credit)
  • ACC 255 Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 Using Quickbooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Thinking/Reasoning Mathematics (3 credits)

Total credits    24

Payroll Preparer Certificate of Achievement (CA), 24 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 132 Payroll (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Thinking/Reasoning, Mathematics  (3 credits)

Total credits 24

Small Business Accounting Certificate of Achievement (CA) 24 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 Payroll and Hawaii GET (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 Using Quickbooks in Accounting (formerly ACC 128) (3 credits)
  • Elective  (3 credits)

Total credits    24

Course requirement for Tax Preparer Certificate of Achievement (CA) 24 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 134 Individual Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Written Communication (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 137 Business Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Computer Technology (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Total credits    24

 

Course requirements are subject to change. Not all courses are offered every semester.

We provide exceptional learning experiences that prepare students for successful careers in the Accounting industry which include jobs in bookkeeping, payroll processing, tax preparation, and office assisting. The many facets of accounting can lead to a variety of careers.