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2013-14 Catalog 
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Certificate

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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. Students must achieve at least a C- or better in an accounting course to continue on to the next level. Note: All business and accounting courses, except for BBG* 108  (formerly QM 110), 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: 28


Students who are interested in a manufacturing environment should take ACC* 231: Cost Accounting I . Students who are interested in local, state, federal, hospital, fundraising, or college or university accounting should take ACC* 251: Fund Accounting . Students without a strong foundation in computer skills should take CSA* 105: Introduction to Software Applications .

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