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Associates Degree in Accounting

University of the Potomac is a regionally-accredited college with school locations in both Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia that offers students a two-year Associate’s Degree in accounting as well as Bachelor degrees in accounting. Potomac’s associate degree accounting classes will prepare you for a para-professional accounting career. With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation. This program enables students to experience the necessary education required to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and manage a company’s payroll or books.

Bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks are an organization’s financial record keepers. Their duties are imperative to the survival of a business, no matter how large or small. They may update and maintain one or more accounting records. They also tabulate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable and track profit and loss. They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s financial records to accounting clerks who handle specific, individual business accounts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 2 million jobs in 2004 and are found in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

Accounting Associates Program Overview

Students will learn to summarize financial information by taking classes that teach them to prepare and interpret financial statements. This helps in assisting with managerial decision-making. Following graduation, accounting students can obtain employment as a bookkeeper, an accounts receivable clerk, and other entry-level business positions.

Begin taking accounting courses at our school today!

  • Learn to prepare and summarize financial documents
  • Jobs are available as a bookkeeper, accounts receivable clerk, and other entry level positions
  • Develop accounting skills to apply towards another degree or enter the workforce
  • Learn accounting software and techniques

Accounting Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Accounting, students must earn 60 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program course requirements are listed in the credit requirements section below.

Associates in Accounting Program Mission

The mission of the Associate of Science degree in Accounting is to students for entry-level positions as bookkeepers, accounts receivable clerks and accounts payable clerks. Students learn to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and post to ledgers.

Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Accounting are able to:

  • Recognize ethical and social responsibilities of accounting professionals and apply professional judgment to present financial statements fairly.
  • Prepare financial statements and managerial reports using various accounting standards, theories and techniques.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral business communication skills appropriate for accounting professionals.
  • Work in teams, organize and assess accounting data to propose solutions for business problems.
  • Use technology to solve accounting problems and improve decision-making skills.

Program Outline
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Accounting, students must earn 60 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program requirements are listed on the following page.


General Education Requirements

  • COMP 125 Computer Fundamentals
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra

Core Courses

Required Management Courses (18 Credits)

  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision making
  • BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics
  • MGMT 230 Organizational Behavior
  • MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing

Required Accounting Courses (21 credits)

  • ACCT 101 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 102 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 201 Personal Financial Planning ACCT 203 Federal Taxes
  • ACCT 214 Accounting Information Systems ACCT 220 Payroll Accounting
  • ACCT 290 Intermediate Accounting I

Electives (3 Credits)


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