Accounting

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

The accounting curriculum promotes the dynamic yet practical nature of the accounting profession. An emphasis on the integration of knowledge and technology forms a solid foundation that will support versatile career and educational endeavors. Students are engaged in skills and competencies to succeed as paraprofessionals in business environments such as bookkeeping, payroll processing, tax preparation or supporting roles in government, new or continuing small businesses, or other large industries such as hospitality, tourism, or agriculture. All certificates and degrees allow students to blend a mixture of college-level, technical, occupational, and/or baccalaureate-leading, transferable courses. The curriculum is considerate of socio-economic and academic diversity and encourages life-long learning.

Professional Licensure Program

A Hawaii CPA license requires, among other things, a Baccalaureate degree.  The Accounting Program, at KauCC, which offers an Associates degree, is not designed to meet the requirements of a CPA license, however, it does help meet the requirements of obtaining a Baccalaureate degree. If you are not residing in the state of Hawaii and are taking a Kauai Community College (KauCC)  online course or program leading to professional licensure, KauCC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets your state’s professional licensure requirements. Please verify with the appropriate licensing board in the state you intend to practice.

Graduation Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher for all ACC alpha courses in the Accounting program 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.

Guided Pathways to Completion

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

Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 - Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 - Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology - Accounting (3 credits)
  • Cultural Environment - Accounting (3 credits)

Note: ENG 100: This course fulfills the Written Communication category.

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 - Payroll and Hawai'i General Excise Tax (3 credits)
  • BLAW 200 - Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: Core Options excluding ACC 124 and ACC 201 (MATH 115 is recommended): Core Options 

Note: Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: MATH 115 is recommended; however, all courses that meet this category may be considered (except for ACC 124 and ACC 201).

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 126 - Principles of Accounting III (3 credits)
  • ACC 134 - Individual Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Social Environment: ECON 130, ECON 131; MGT 124; POLS; SOC (3 credits)

Spring Semester 4

  • ACC 137 - Business Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • ACC 193V - Special Studies (1-3 credits)
  • ACC 252 - Using QuickBooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Natural Environment: Any 100-level or higher Natural Science, DB, DP, or AAS Core Options (3 credits)
  • Social Environment: ECON 130, ECON 131; MGT 124; POLS; SOC; or AAS Core Options (3 credits)
  • Written Communication: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note:  ACC 193V: Although this course ranges from 1-3 credits, completion of this degree requires only 1 credit.
Written Communication: ENG 200 is recommended

Total credits 61

 

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Accounting Certificate of Achievement (CA), 30 credits


Fall Semester 1

  • ACC 124 - Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACC 255 - Using Excel in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Written Communication: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 - Payroll and Hawai'i General Excise Tax (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 - Using QuickBooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: AAS Core Options (excluding ACC 124 and ACC 201) (3 credits)

Fall Semester 3

  • ACC 134 - Individual Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Social Environmental Accounting (3 credits)

Total credits: 30

 

Accounting Assistant 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: BUSN 171, ICS 101, or ICS 111 (3 credits)
  • Written Communication: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note:

  1. Written Communication: ENG 100 is recommended

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 - Using QuickBooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: AAS Core Options (excluding ACC 124 and ACC 201) (3 credits)

Note: Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: MATH 115 is recommended; however, all courses that meet this category may be considered (except for ACC 124 and ACC 201).

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: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Written Communication: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note: Computer/Technology: ACC 255 is recommended.
Written Communication: ENG 100 is recommended.

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 132 - Payroll and Hawai'i General Excise Tax (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)
  • Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note: Computer/Technology: ACC 252 is recommended.
Thinking, Reasoning/Mathematics: MATH 115 is recommended; however, all courses that meet this category may be considered (except for ACC 124 and ACC 201).

Total credits: 24

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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: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note: Written Communication: ENG 100 is recommended.
 

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 132 - Payroll and Hawai'i General Excise Tax (3 credits)
  • ACC 252 - Using QuickBooks in Accounting (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)

Total credits: 24

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: AAS Core Options (3 credits)

Note:

  1. Written Communication: ENG 100 is recommended

Spring Semester 2

  • ACC 125 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACC 137 - Business Income Tax Preparation (3 credits)
  • Computer/Technology: ACC 252; BUSN 171, ICS 101, or ICS 111 (3 credits)
  • Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)

Total credits: 24

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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)
  • ACC 252 - Using Quickbooks in Accounting ( 3 credits)

Total credits: 9

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