2016-2017 Student Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2016-2017 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, Certificate

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Certificate
HEGIS Code:           5002
SUNY Code:            0932
Major Code:            ACC

The Career

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 fall, spring and summer.

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.

Program Requirements (ACC)

  1. A total of at least 30-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the certificate.
  2. Humanities: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
  3. Accounting: A minimum of 9-credit hours to include:
  4. Office Technologies: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
  5. Mathematics: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
  6. Electives: A minimum of 12-credit hours to be selected through advisement from:

Typical Program

 Note:  You can complete 27- of the 30-credit hours online at NCCC and will either need to come on campus to complete ACC 206 or transfer in the course from another institution.


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.