Certificate — Accounting

This 18-credit certificate program provides the essential foundations of accounting for those who want to enter the accounting field or advance their studies with a diploma or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Applicable coursework will include two levels on the principles of accounting and singular courses on the legal environment, computerized accounting and computerized business.


Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are in high demand in a variety of settings such as public accounting firms, banks, hospitals, school districts, government agencies, corporations, private business and non-profit agencies. It has been projected that more than 6,300 additional bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks would be required to meet market demand between 2012-2022.

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Next Steps

Most credits earned through the 18-credit Accounting certificate can be applied toward a 32-credit Accounting Clerk diploma or a 60-credit AAS degree in Accounting. If students opt to seek a diploma, additional courses will educate students on spreadsheet concepts, income tax, business communication, computer technology and customer relations.

With stackable credits, it is easy to begin with a certificate and continue working toward a diploma or degree.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
ACCT 1120Legal Environment3.00
ACCT 1134Computerized Accounting Applications3.00
ACCT 2201Accounting I: Financial Accounting4.00
ACCT 2203Accounting II: Managerial Accounting4.00
CPTR 1104Computerized Business Applications3.00
CRLT 1102Contemporary Career Search1.00
Total Credits18

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of business and business law in a global environment.
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Analyze and apply managerial and cost accounting principles
  • Apply computer skills efficiently and accurately to office tasks using a variety of computer application programs
  • Demonstrate application of integrated accounting software
  • Demonstrate professionalism in preparation for the workplace

Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Accounting program will adapt program courses to include culturally responsive material to grow toward meeting Equity 2030 goals.