Entry-Level Accounting Clerk

Career Pathway Certificate: 16 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Entry-Level Accounting Clerk certificate prepares students for an entry-level position in a bookkeeping or accounting department. Entry-level clerks perform routine tasks such as data entry plus other clerical duties such as typing and filing. They often support the accounts payable and receivable functions, organize and match invoices, identify and resolve discrepancies, and process other general business transactions.

Course of Study

This career pathway certificate is the first step on the accounting educational ladder within the Business Pathway. Students who earn the Entry-Level Accounting Clerk certificate may then continue on to the one-year and two-year programs in a seamless path. The certificate may also lead to entry-level jobs. All courses in the certificate are contained in the one-year Accounting/Bookkeeping certificate and the two-year Accounting AAS degree.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze, record, and report accounting information.
  2. Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  3. Communicate effectively with business professionals.


  • 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.

BA 101Z Introduction to Business4 credits
BA 104 Applied Business Math4 credits
BA 211Z Principles of Financial Accounting4 credits
Total12 credits

BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology4 credits
Total4 credits

Credit Summary 
Business Administration (BA)16