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Accounting for Government and Nonprofit Organizations

This program is designed for individuals desiring employment in government or not-for-profit organizations. Upon successful completion of this certificate, candidates will be proficient in fund and not-for-profit accounting and possess the ability to perform basic accounting functions in a government and/or not-for-profit organizations.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: ACCT 101 / ACCT 101H M4.0
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting (4.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100;
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*) CSU (*students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ACCT 101 or ACCT 101H)

This course is an introduction to the theory, principles, and practice of accounting and financial reporting for corporations. Topics include analysis and recording of financial transactions; preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements; and accounting for assets, liabilities, and equities. Computer applications are integrated into the homework. This course is required for all accounting and business administration majors.

ACCT 101H - Financial Accounting Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100
Transfers to:UC (credit limit*), CSU (Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ACCT 101 or ACCT 101H)

This course is an introduction to the theory, principles, and practice of accounting and financial reporting for corporations. Topics include analysis and recording of financial transactions; preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements; and accounting for assets, liabilities, and equities. Computer applications are integrated into the homework. This course is required for all accounting and business administration majors. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program. .

Select one: MGMT 108 / ENGL 101 M3.0†
MGMT 108 - Business Writing (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

The course covers the principles of effective writing in business. Extensive experience is provided using the different forms of business writing-memorandums, letters, reports, and resumes. Cultural differences and their impact on communicating in business will be studied. This course is designed for students pursuing careers in business.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Total Semester Units:7.0† 
2nd Semester
ACCT 103 - Payroll AccountingM3.0
ACCT 103 - Payroll Accounting (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ACCT 090 or 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course combines basic accounting skills with specialized training in payroll accounting to prepare students for entry-level positions within the payroll segment of accounting. This course is designed for accounting majors and those interested in pursuing an entry-level position within the payroll segment of accounting. This course is a comprehensive overview of federal and state payroll laws and their effect on payroll records and required government reports.

ACCT 104 - Introduction to Governmental and Not-For-Profit AccountingM3.0
Notes:
ACCT 104 may be taken with ACCT 101 in first Fall term as co-req per faculty approval

ACCT 104 - Introduction to Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ACCT 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of government and not-for-profit accounting. The emphasis of the course will be placed on accounting for various fund types and restrictions relevant to government and not-for-profit agencies, with both theoretical and practical aspects explored. Topics include budgets, revenues, expenditures, tax levies, appropriations, general fund, special fund, and financial statements for government and not-for-profit entities. This course is designed for students interested in furthering their educational requirements for the CPA exam and/or pursuing an entry-level position in government and not-for-profit accounting.

ACCT 106 - Computerized AccountingM3.0
ACCT 106 - Computerized Accounting (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100(Formerly ACCT 090); ACCT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with a sound basic knowledge of how computerized integrated accounting systems function. Students will be processing accounting data using receivables, payables, inventory, payroll and project modules. This course is designed for accounting majors, those interested in starting a small business, and those interested in pursuing entry-level positions in the field of accounting.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Accounting for Government and Nonprofit Organizations COA program 16.0† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of accounting as an “information system.”


2

Students will record and analyze business transactions using accounting software.


3

Students will distinguish between the main objectives for commercial entities, government entities, and not-for- profit entities.


4

Students will identify, compare, and explain the basic fund types for state and local governmental accounting.


5

Students will describe and analyze how accounting concepts apply to state and local governmental accounting.


6

Students will prepare basic governmental and not-for-profit budgetary, operating, and closing entries.


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