Jun 18, 2024  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Program Design

The Accounting certificate program is designed for students who are interested in specialized accounting and/or those who already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to change careers. This program also serves individuals currently employed who are not seeking a degree or career change but would like formal training or professional development.


Students may enroll full- or part-time. Note: All business and accounting courses have prerequisites. Check course description before registering.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Accounting certificate program requirements, graduates will

  1. Demonstrate mastery of generally accepted accounting principles and their manual and computerized spreadsheet applications to all phases of the accounting cycle.
  2. Complete relatively complex accounting problems and be familiar with current financial accounting standards and practices.
  3. Apply accounting concepts and critical thinking skills to produce accurate financial statements.
  4. Prepare the 1040 tax return and supporting schedules under simulated conditions.
  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. Possess computer competencies for maximum efficiency including the use of accounting, spreadsheet and presentation software. Use the Internet for business purposes, including research, marketing and stock market analysis.
  7. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse people; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
  8. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, peers and toward the working environment.
  9. Understand the interrelationships between accounting and all other areas within a business, including working with other departments to achieve overall strategic goals.
  10. Develop sound ethical and moral professional characteristics.

Total Credits Required: 21


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

Students who are interested in a manufacturing environment should take ACC* 231: Cost Accounting I .

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