HEGIS Code: 5002
SUNY Code: 0932
Major Code: ACC
The Accounting certificate program is a 30-credit hour program, with an associate degree option, leading graduates to employment in entry-level accounting positions.
This program gives a basic introduction to the field of accounting. Students learn to journalize, post to a ledger, prepare a trial balance, reconcile a bank statement, calculate interest on notes and complete a payroll.
Students admitted in September or January.
Accounting is offered as a full-time day program or part-time evening program. Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take longer than four semesters to complete the part-time evening program or two semesters to complete the full-time day program if a student begins in a spring semester.
See Individual Studies or Accounting curricula for associate degree options.
Program Goals and Objectives
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level positions in accounting.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Record business transactions using double-entry accounting, both manually and on a computer.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between a service business, a merchandise business and a manufacturing business when recording business transactions.
- Compare the difference between a sole proprietorship and a corporation when recording business transactions.
- Post from journals to ledgers, both manually and on a computer.
- Prepare the component parts of an income statement, a balance sheet and a statement of cash flows.
- Complete the accounting cycle.
- Define basic accounting terms and concepts.
- Read and analyze the financial statements of a business.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.