Accounting

About the Career

  • Accountants and Auditors

    Accountants and auditors prepare and analyze financial records for organizational and tax purposes. They have at least a bachelor’s degree and earn a median salary of $68,150. The field is growing faster than average.

  • Bookkeepers and Accountants

    Bookkeepers and accountants create financial reports, prepare payroll and tax returns, conduct audits and assist in financial decisions for an organization.

  • Financial Clerks

    Financial clerks keep records, assist customers and complete transactions. They often have on-the-job training. The median salary is $38,080.

  • Budget Analysts

    Budget analysts track an organization’s spending and prepare reports. They have at least a bachelor’s degree and earn a median salary of $73,840.

  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

    Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents conduct audits and review tax returns for local, state and federal governments. They earn a median salary of $52,060 and often have at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field.

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About the Program

The Accounting Program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and keep track of an organization’s money and financial records. The Accounting Program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and one certificate (Professional Bookkeeper Certificate).

The purpose of the program is to prepare students to be successful in the field of accounting by teaching personal and professional skills. The program offers workplace-relevant courses in accounting, payroll, tax preparation, business, and accounting-related computer software applications.

Associate of Applied Science – Business Administration, Emphasis in Accounting

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSI 1301 Business Principles 3
BCIS 1305
or COSC 1301
Business Computer Applications
or Introduction to Computing
3
BMGT 1327 Principles of Management 3
HRPO 1311 Human Relations 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 2

Course SCH
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSG 2309 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship 3
BUSI 2304
or ENGL 1301
Business Report Writing and Correspondence
or Composition I
3
ECON 2301
or ECON 2302
Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Microeconomics
3
POFT 1321 Business Math 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 3

Course SCH
ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BMGT 1341 Business Ethics 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
ACNT 1331 Federal Income Tax: Individual 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Math (Quantitative Reasoning) 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 4

Course SCH
ITSC 1309 Integrated Software Applications I 3
ACNT 1313 Computer Accounting Applications 3
POFT 1300
or ACNT 1382
Career Exploration/Planning
or Cooperative Education - Accounting Technician
3
BMGT 2303 Problem Solving and Decision Making (Capstone) 3
ARTS 2313 Design Communications I 3
Semester Total 15

Degree Total Hours: 60

*Approved electives should be chosen from the following rubrics: ACCT, ACNT, BMGT, BUSG, BUSI, HRPO, MRKG, POFM or POFT.

Certificate - Professional Bookkeeper

The Bookkeeper Certificate program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and keep track of an organization’s money and financial records. The Bookkeeper Certificate consists of courses for students who wish to have a career as a Bookkeeper.

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
ACNT 1331 Federal Income Tax: Individual 3
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I 3
Semester Total 9

Semester 2

Course SCH
ACNT 1313 Computer Accounting Applications 3
POFT 1321 Business Math 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
Semester Total 9

Degree Total Hours: 18


Gainful Employment Disclosure

College of the Mainland provides gainful employment information about graduation rates, the median debt of students and other important information to all interested persons regarding the College’s certificate programs.

View the disclosure template for the Professional Bookeeper Certificate

Occupational Skills Award - Accounting

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I 3
ACNT 1331 Federal Income Tax: Individual 3
ACNT 1313 Computer Accounting Applications 3
Semester Total 9

Degree Total Hours: 9

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