Accounting Certificate Program

Program Description

This three-semester certificate program is designed for students who already have a Bachelor's or Associate degree in any discipline and who have adequate computer skills. A student who has completed BBG 114 Business Application Software, or its equivalent is considered to have adequate computer skills. This program would meet the educational needs of students who are seeking a career change, who are working in the Accounting field and do not have an Accounting degree and students who need basic Accounting courses for the CPA exam.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, graduates of both the degree and certificate programs will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and their manual and computerized spreadsheet applications through all phases of the accounting cycle;
  2. Complete the Accounting cycle from original entries to closing entries;
  3. Complete relatively complex Accounting problems and be familiar with current Financial Accounting Standards and Practices;
  4. Prepare financial statements for Corporations in compliance with current Accounting Standards and Practices;
  5. Explain how budgeting, activity-based costing and strategic cost management foster the effective use of resources and help an organization accomplish its goals;
  6. Demonstrate computer competencies including the use of spreadsheet applications and Accounting software;
  7. Prepare 1040 tax returns and supporting schedules under simulated conditions;
  8. Prepare basic federal income tax returns for partnerships and corporations; and
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between Accounting and other areas within a business environment and work with other departments to achieve the overall goals.
 Requirements (27 Credits)


 Semester 1
 ACC 113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 credits
 BBG 231 Business Law I 3 credits
 ACC 241 Federal Income Taxes I 3 credits
 Semester 2
 ACC 117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 credits
 ACC 271 Intermediate Accounting I 3 credits
 ACC 125 Accounting Computer Applications I 3 credits
 Semester 3
 ACC 272 Intermediate Accounting II 3 credits
 ACC 290 Cooperative Education Work Experience 3 credits *
 ACC 242 Federal Income Taxes II 3 credits OR
 ACC 251 Fund Accounting 3 credits OR
 ACC 170 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3 credits

* May be waived at the discretion of the Program Coordinator for a student currently working in a permanent position in the accounting field. Total credits, if ACC 290 is waived, will be 24.