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Financial Accounting (A.A.S.)

Title of Major: Financial Accounting, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60 

About Business Administration Department

Purpose: To provide students with the technical knowledge and credentials needed for entry or advancement as paraprofessionals in the field of accounting. Students who wish to major in accounting at a four-year college should enroll in the Business Administration transfer program. This program includes required and elective courses that help to develop the analytical, communication and organizational skills needed to function effectively as a paraprofessional in this field. 

Additional Degree Requirements

Students are expected to participate with their advisor in tailoring a mix of electives that will satisfy their own needs with respect to immediate and long-term employment.

Range of Occupations

  • Accounting assistant
  • Accountant paraprofessional
  • Accounts receivable or accounts payable clerk
  • Billing auditor/specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll accountant

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 21-24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 36-39 credits

Fast Track Option

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Computer Competency Requirement

Students who elect not to take a Computer Technology general education course must satisfy the computer competency requirement with an elective. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

SOC 111  satisfies the diversity requirement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Prepare the candidate to obtain a para-professional accounting position or to advance in a current accounting career.
  • Perform bookkeeping and entry-level accounting work which includes but is not limited to general ledger preparation, financial statement preparation and managerial reporting.
  • Create and deliver appropriate written and oral communications required of business professionals.
  • Apply technology to business situations to enhance productivity.
  • Apply accounting, economic, and legal principles to business and related situations.
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to business situations that require accounting expertise.
  • Participate in the business community as a valued individual.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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