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Program Mission Statement 

The mission of the Accounting Department Program is to deliver curriculum to a diverse student population that prepares students for career entry and advancement as well as providing continued degree opportunities that are in alignment with their personal goals. This curriculum is delivered in a student-centered approach that combines a variety of effective classroom methods, skills, and experiential educational experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes (Curriculum Maps)

A curriculum map is a graphical illustration of the relationship between a program’s courses and the program’s student learning outcomes. Curriculum maps at Aims Community College identify the program’s mission statement (red), program-learning goals (dark gray), and expected program student learning outcomes (light gray). In addition, Aims’ curriculum maps indicate where learning outcomes are introduced, reinforced, and mastered.


Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Accounting studies how businesses track their income and assets over time. Accountants do such things as prepare financial statements, record business transactions, help plan for business growth and more. Accounting is an extremely diversified field of study and benefits all business degree paths. If you want to know how a business works and enjoy work that can grow and change with you, consider a certificate or degree in accounting.

Potential job opportunities include:

Accounting Certificate (Bookkeeper)

The Accounting Certificate teaches the aspects of proper bookkeeping. All courses that a student takes in the certificate apply to the degree program. A bookkeeper's job responsibilities are to maintain records of financial transactions by establishing accounts; posting transactions; ensure legal requirements compliance. Their job duties includes:

Enrolled Agent

Another certificate you could earn at Aims is The Enrolled Agent Certificate. All courses in this certificate also apply to the degree program. An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation and who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels – examination, collection and appeals – of the Internal Revenue Service. In addition to taxpayer representation, enrolled agents often provide tax consultation services and prepare a wide range of federal and state returns.

After Aims.....

If you’re interested in going further with your education after you graduate with a two-year degree, you can take advantage of the partnerships Aims has with Regis and Franklin universities. Franklin's bachelor of science programs give students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree through a combination of Aims coursework and online instruction.

The Business Transfer area of study, associate of arts degree, is designed for transfer to Colorado four-year business colleges. It combines general education classes with specific business courses to meet requirements of university business programs.

Essential Skills

Check out the essential skills guide, which lists commonly encountered qualities and skills typically necessary to succeed in a particular program or area of interest.