This program is for students who have some prior business education or experience, and who wish to specialize as accounting assistants. During the program, students will complete courses in business math and calculators, spreadsheets, databases, manual accounting, and payroll, as well as two different accounting software programs, a capstone course, and a three-week practicum. Graduates of the program may begin immediate employment as accounting assistants in small, medium and large businesses performing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and general bookkeeping duties. Some graduates of this program may use their accounting skills to establish home-based bookkeeping businesses. The Accounting Assistant Program is offered on campus as well as online.
Students are normally enrolled in this program on a full-time basis if attending on-site courses. Students wishing to take courses on site on a part-time basis must meet individual course prerequisites and may register in selected courses if there is space in the class. Online students may complete the program part time.
Graduates may continue their education as selected courses are recognized by other organizations such as Okanagan College Business Administration, Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) and the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).
Proof of completion of a computer fundamentals course such as OADM 167 and a word processing course such as OADM 100 or equivalent. Keyboarding speed (20 wpm) is desirable. Mature students are encouraged to contact the department for a review of prior learning.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 04/28/2017