Certificate of Completion: 50 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Accounting/Bookkeeping certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in bookkeeping or accounting. Entry-level bookkeepers perform routine tasks such as bank reconciliations, transaction posting, worksheet preparation and data entry, processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, plus general clerical duties such as typing and filing.

Course of Study

The Business Pathway is designed using career ladders to accommodate both part-time and full-time students. The Accounting/Bookkeeping certificate emphasizes financial accounting and general business plus related courses in applied math, computer applications, and keyboard skills.

The certificate leads to the two-year Accounting AAS degree. All courses in the certificate are contained in the degree.

Students must also meet the general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Apply math principles to analyze, record, and report accounting information in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  2. Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  3. Communicate effectively with business professionals.
  4. Recognize and respectfully address basic ethical conflicts and issues in accounting.
  5. Use accounting and financial information for analysis and reporting.


  • Placement in to MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or MTH 98 Quantitative Math (4 credits)
  • WR 115 Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4 credits
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4 credits
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 4 credits
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3 credits
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding (fall) or
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy (winter)
3 credits or
3 credits
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheet using Excel (fall) or
CAS 270 Intermediate Spreadsheet using Excel (winter)
3 credits or
3 credits
OS 131 10-Key for Business 1 credit
Total 16-22 credits

Courses Credits
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4 credits
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 2 credits
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3 credits
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition 1 4 credit
Total 13-19 credits

Courses Credits
BA 170 Project Management Fundamentals 4 credits
BA 205 Business Communication 4 credits
BA 228 QuickBooks for Business 3 credits
OS 240 Records and Information Management 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Business Administration (BA) 35
Computer Application Systems (CAS) 6
Office Systems (OS) 5
Writing (WR) 4