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"The Accounting program at Rose is an excellent degree for working adults or stay-at-home moms."

Krystle Spaulding, Accounting Student

Business & Information Technology


The degree program emphasizes technology accounting skills for the design and implementation of information systems in the business enterprise.

Accounting Program

The Rose State College AAS Degree Accounting Program provides basic accounting and business knowledge as a foundation for students to pursue professional opportunities in government, industry, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations. Accountants are expected to play key roles in the management of growing companies, and this program emphasizes those skills for the design and implementation of information systems in the business enterprise.

National Certifications

Students have the option to earn several national certifications through courses taken within the degree program. We offer student discounts on exams taken within the courses.

Offered Certifications:

Quickbooks Certified User  

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NBA Bookkeeper Certification

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NBA Payroll Certification

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Embedded Certificates

The Accounting Program offers students the opportunity to earn up to four embedded Certificates within the accounting curriculum. Each certificate can be earned within 21-24 credit hours. These certificates give students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in various accounting careers.

  • Payroll Accounting Certificate
  • Professional Bookkeeping Certificate
  • Accounting Software Specialist Certificate
  • Accounting Specialist Certificate*

*This certificate may meet qualifications needed for specific governmental accounting positions.


The overall goal of the Accounting Associate in Applied Science Degree Program is to prepare the student to assume employment in a position with accounting responsibilities. Specifically, the faculty:

  • Give the students a basic foundation in accounting principles so that they will be prepared to learn advanced theory, practices, and principles.
  • Prepare students to be able to facilitate and/or evaluate internal accounting practices.
  • Teach students how to apply accounting theory, practices, and principles through the use of major accounting software
  • Provide the students with current accounting information so that they are able to apply this knowledge, especially with regard to tax theory and tax law
  • Reinforce and expand the students' knowledge of accounting theory, practices, and principles
  • Ensure that students have a well-rounded background in business ethics and communications
  • Ensure that students will broaden their educational background by successfully completing general education coursework.

Suggested Schedule

The Accounting Applied Science degree program exists to provide career-oriented students with educational opportunities in both lecture and computer hands-on environments to prepare them to enter and work successfully in an accounting position. The Accounting Program requires 60 to 65 credit hours.

A typical program of study includes:





ACCT 1123

ACCT 2103

ACCT 2203

ACCT 2323

ACCT 2403

BA 2413

ACCT 2313

ACCT 2333

BA 1103

ECON 2103

ACCT 2803

BA 2503

CIT 1093








Career Information

Accountants design, install, maintain and use general accounting systems to prepare, analyze and verify financial reports and related economic information. Accountants work for national and international accounting firms, business enterprises, federal and state government, and non-profit organizations.

In the public accounting area, two-year graduates would be employed in positions of staff accountants and may assist in conducting audits or various tax functions. In the private accounting area, two-year graduates would be employed in accounting positions assisting clients in the design and implementation of accounting information systems and tax functions for the business enterprise.

Accountants work with:

  • Financial reports and records
  • Computers and computerized accounting software
  • Invoices, bank forms, payroll forms, tax forms, inventory records.
  • Government rules and regulations
  • Generally accepted accounting principles
  • Generally accepted auditing standards

Accountants should be able to:

  • Perform thought-provoking tasks, be accurate and do precise work
  • Analyze, sort out details, and work with figures
  • Communicate well with clients and co-workers
  • Use computers and computerized software 

Accounting Lab

Accounting Lab Tutoring services are available FREE to all students enrolled in:

ACCT 1123 College Accounting Procedures
ACCT 2103 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2203 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 2093 Professional Bookkeeping

Tutoring includes assistance with homework assignments and projects. The Accounting Lab is located in Business Building Room 221A  

Accounting AAS Degree Sheet 2023-24 (PDF)

Discipline Professors

Tricia Lackmeyer
Tricia Lackmeyer
Professor Business Information Technology Division
(405) 733-7477
Nathan Gay
Nathan Gay
Professor, Accounting Business Information Technology Division
(405) 733-7510

Academic Advisor

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
Academic Advisor Business Information Technology Division
(405) 736-0348

Accounting Links

Accounting Careers
American Association of Finance and Accounting
Financial Accounting Standards Board
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Internal Revenue Service
Non-Profit Accounting Standards
Federal Legislation
Statistical Library Index