Courses & Programs

Accounting Certificate

The Accounting Certificate prepares students to pursue entry-level employment in the field of accounting. Credits earned through the certificate program maybe applied toward the A.S. in Accounting as well. A majority of the certificate program requirements may be taken online.  In order to obtain the Accounting Certificate students will be required to earn the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers' (AIPB) Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Designation exam. 


Upon graduating from this program, students will:

  • Be able to analyze and record accounting transactions that result in accurately prepared financial statements
  • Apply quantitative analysis of accounting data to operate an accounting information system.

What will you learn?

Continue toward your associate degree, or go right into the workforce! Job and career options include:

  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Budget analysis
  • Tax planning

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

26 total credits

26 Program Requirements

This course explores the basic statements of an accounting system: the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Retained Earnings. Students will examine the accounting cycle with an emphasis on the methods of accumulating and summarizing data generated by business transactions. Students will apply their manual accounting skills to an automated accounting system using a learning management system. Areas of concentration will include adjusting entries, closing process, inventory analysis, merchandising transactions, cash control procedures, and receivables. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MTH 085

This course will expand upon the basic concepts and theories that students learned in the Principles of Accounting I course. Areas studied include, but not limited to, the following: long-term assets, short-term and long-term liabilities; transactions unique to corporations issuing stock; Statement of Stockholders' Equity; Statement of Cash Flows, Financial Statement Analysis, as well as gaining exposure to accounting for Manufacturers through an introduction to Managerial Accounting and Job Order Costing. Prerequisite: ACC 111 with a grade of C- or better.
Designed to give students with an accounting background a familiarity with accounting information and spreadsheet applications. Provides students with opportunity to complete all steps in the accounting cycle for service and merchandising companies using a general ledger application package and understand the use of typical business documents and reports, Explore accounting theory and system design. Prerequisites: ACC 111 and BUS 215 (BUS 215 may be by permission of instructor)
Develops accounting theory on a comprehensive level. Topics include a review of the accounting process and basic accounting concepts as well as in-depth coverage of the elements of financial reporting including financial statement disclosures and special considerations and valuation issues related to cash, receivables, revenue recognition, inventory, fixed assets, and intangibles. Prerequisite: ACC 112 with a grade of C- or better
Covers the fundamentals of manufacturing records as they relate to the needs of management in planning, controlling, and decision-making. Topics include: cost behavior, process costing, activity-based costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, variable costing, standard costing with variance analysis, budgets, relevant costing, and capital budgeting decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 112 with a grade of C- or better.
Introduces the fundamental concepts of Federal Income Tax Law with an emphasis on individuals. Topics include gross income, deductions, losses, tax credits, basis considerations, capital gains and the preparation of federal income tax forms. Prerequisite: ACC 112
Designed as a capstone course that will review and summarize accounting for end-of-period adjustments, depreciation, error correction, inventory, payroll, internal controls and fraud prevention. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to take the American Institute of Professional Bookkeeper Exam, which is administered for a fee. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ACC 201
A study of the interpersonal and communication skills fundamental for success in the workplace. Students will hone their professional style as they study topics including professional behavior, interpersonal interactions, and civility as they relate to the workplace.
This course introduces students to the relationship between business and society. Topics include corporate citizenship, identification and analysis of stakeholder issues, business ethics fundamentals, business influence on government and the public sector, ethical issues in the global arena, workplace issues, and employment discrimination and affirmative action. Upon completion students should be able to apply ethical principles and guidelines to business decision making.
This course will cover all aspects of spreadsheets using an integrated software package which combines a large, advanced electronic worksheet with state-of-the-art graphics and database management capacity, beginning with building a basic worksheet and progressing through the major commands and advanced features of the software package. Keyboarding skills preferred, but not required.