Payroll Specialist

Diploma - 32 credits

About this program
This program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform routine calculating, journalizing, posting and verifying duties to maintain accounting records and prepare payroll reports and returns and employee records. Both manual and computerized accounting concepts and applications are included.
Program outcomes
  1. Apply accounting theory to service and merchandising organizations.
  2. Prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  3. Use knowledge and skills of human resources to analyze and solve related HR problems and situations.
  4. Demonstrate effective communications.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking.
  6. Demonstrate effective use of technology.
  7. Demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility.
  8. Demonstrate application of a variety of software programs, including integrated accounting software.
  9. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills, including interviewing, negotiation, presentation and training applied to human resource management.
  10. Develop ethical policies and procedures related to employment processes, including employee selection, termination, performance evaluation, compensation, forecasting and benefit administration.
  11. Calculate payroll, maintain records and prepare reports in compliance with state and federal requirements.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
23 Required courses
6 Restricted electives in courses
3 Restricted electives in MnTC Goal Areas
32 Total


Required Courses:

Course Credits
ACCT1101 - Payroll 3
ACCT1124 - Spreadsheet Applications 3
ACCT2211 - Financial Accounting I 3
ACCT2212 - Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT2218 - QuickBooks 2
BUS1100 - Business Computers 3
HRES1122 - Human Resource Management 3
HRES1130 - Benefits Administration 3

6 credits from one or more of these courses:

Course Credits
ACCT2210 - Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT2255 - Income Tax-Individual 3
ACCT2256 - Income Tax-Business 3
ACCT2616 - Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT2640 - Accounting Internship 1
BUS1141 - Introduction to Business 3
BUS2150 - Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS2204 - Principles of Management 3
BUS2206 - Principles of Marketing 3

3 credits from these goal areas:

Goal Area
1. Communication