Accounting, CoA

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information is subject to change.

This program can be completed 100% online. 

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Accounting is designed to enable students to develop a theoretical framework in Accounting and builds on the knowledge gained in the Certificate of Achievement, Bookkeeping. The accounting theoretical framework classifies financial information based primarily on relevance and reliability. Students will acquire the skills necessary to analyze accounting principles and communicate and present financial information in the professional manner expected in the industry. 

Accounting Career Map

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3
ACC 135
ACC 136
Bookkeeping I
and Bookkeeping II
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 180 Payroll and Employee Benefit Accounting 3
BUS 117 Business Calculations and Methods 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ACC 203 Intermediate Accounting I (Intermediate Accounting I) 3
ACC 205 Cost Accounting (Cost Accounting) 3
ACC 105 Taxation for Individuals 3
ACC 222
Excel for Accounting (Excel for Accounting)
or Microcomputer Accounting Systems
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

Program Requirements

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Composition I
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Business Calculations and Methods
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Certificate Requirement
ACC 201Financial Accounting3
Bookkeeping I
and Bookkeeping II
ACC 202Managerial Accounting3
ACC 203Intermediate Accounting I (Intermediate Accounting I)3
ACC 180Payroll and Employee Benefit Accounting3
ACC 205Cost Accounting (Cost Accounting)3
ACC 105Taxation for Individuals3
ACC 222Excel for Accounting (Excel for Accounting)3
or ACC 220 Microcomputer Accounting Systems
Total Units30

Program Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

PLSO1: Possess knowledge of and be ability to perform, analyze, and apply  specific Accounting pronouncements relevant to their field of employment.

PLSO2: Demonstrate effective communication skills necessary for interaction with users of financial information.

PSLO3: Possess effective procedural accounting skills necessary to identify potential and actual errors in financial statements and in financial analysis reports and determine necessary corrective actions.