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Award: Certificate in Accounting
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact James Baker, 443-412-2374,; Cynthia Lewis, 443-412-2058,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The program is designed to provide students with specific skills needed for employment in the field of accounting and bookkeeping, including positions such as bookkeeper, accounts receivable clerk or accounts payable clerk. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be prepared to sit for the AIPB's Bookkeeper Certification exam, as well as the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User Exam.

Students who successfully complete the Accounting Certificate will be able to:
  1. Apply basic generally accepted accounting principles and techniques.
  2. Analyze financial information for errors.
  3. Explain and demonstrate accounting for payroll and inventory.
  4. Establish and evaluate internal control and fraud prevention procedures.
  5. Earn AIPB Certified Bookkeeper status.

 NumberTitle Credits
 ACCT 101Accounting Principles I  3   
 ACCT 102Accounting Principles II 3   
 BA 210Business Computer Applications 
 CIS 145Introduction to Microsoft Excel 3   
 ACCT 108Computerized Accounting 3   
 ACCT 104Payroll Accounting  1   
 ACCT 210Capstone - Certified Bookkeeper Preparation 3   
 Total Credits16  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition expects a decline on 8% through 2024, although the number of jobs is expected to be over 1,600,000 by 2024.


Accounting, 16 credits
Program Level-Undergraduate certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Occupations: Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
CIP Code: 52.0302
SOC Code: 43-3031
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*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $2,568.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $4,017.00
Books and supplies: $822.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 1 year to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 1 year.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.