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Our Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum* with an Accounting concentration prepares you for a variety of accounting career opportunities in private, government, and not-for-profit organizations. You will graduate with a solid academic foundation in accounting principles as well as business problem solving and business communication skills.
Associates Degree in Accounting Overview
Our associates in accounting gives you a solid foundation in skills that can be applied to jobs in and out of accounting, following our academic catalog’s use of the bilingual methodology in higher education.
Besides a well-rounded liberal arts education, these courses focus on the fundamentals of accounting. Principles of accounting, financial accounting, and managerial accounting are all major requirements for receiving an accounting degree, making sure you are prepared for accounting in business, government, and private practice.
Accounting Certification at St. Augustine College
Start your accounting career today with a 1-year accounting certificate
The 1-year Accounting Program at St. Augustine College prepares students for entry-level positions and to gain real-world experience in their desired accounting field. The Accounting Certificate will prepare individuals to provide high-tech administrative support to professional accountants, financial managers, and business owners as clerks, accounting assistants, accounting associates, and more. This 1-year program can get you an accounting job with a promising career behind it.
Prior to beginning the accounting certification curriculum layout below, students must complete St. Augustine College’s developmental English program, designed for students who must learn English as a second language. Students must achieve a proficiency level 8 as it will allow students to articulate into ENG 160 for further communication in the English language.
Curriculum layout: Full time
Term One (Full time)
ENG 160 – Composition I * 4 credit hours
MAT 112- Intermediate Algebra ** 4 credit hours
Term Two (Full Time)
ENG 162 – Composition II 4 credit hours
ACC 101- Principles of Accounting 4 credit hours
Term Three (Full Time)
CIS 115 Spreadsheets for Business 4 credit hours
ACC 200 Quick Books Certified User 3 credit hours
Term Four (Full Time)
ACC 161 Financial Accounting 4 credit hours
ACC 162 Managerial Accounting 4 credit hours
Term Five (Full Time)
ACC 260 – Tax Accounting 4 credit hours
Total: 35 credit hours
This 1-year accounting program gives students the immediate requirements employers are looking for in a qualified accounting professional.
Why St. Augustine College:
One-year minimum career specialization program can help bypass jobs that require an accounting degree
Prepare quickly for an entry-level position in the accounting field
Open the door to real-world experiences
Earn college credits towards an associate’s in accounting, and from there a bachelor’s in accounting
Small class sizes where students know each other by name
Dedicated student support service that will help the students go through the program
Friendly qualified and highly qualified faculty
The learning environment and campus life is community-oriented
Hy-Flex teaching modality (students choose whether to attend on campus or online)
Financial Aid is available if you qualify
Jobs with an Accounting Degree
With an associate’s in accounting, you are given opportunities to work in and out of accounting. The skills you learn in this accounting program will help you succeed in a career that has potential for growth and long-term success.
A financial analyst helps businesses and individuals make financial decisions, this can range from investing in a new product to setting up a retirement plan, and more. Financial analysts are highly valued professionals and highly respected in their field, helping others find long-term success and financial gains.
An associate’s degree in accounting gives you the skills to be an audit associate, who checks the work of an accountant for accuracy and compliance with any legal regulations. Audit associates are specialists who aid the accounting department when it comes to drafting and administering assignments.
A vital member of every organization that has employees, a payroll clerk is responsible for processing employee checks by examining their timesheets. Managing income invoices means you are responsible for the happiness and satisfaction of your company.
Bookkeepers are responsible for a company’s accounts. A bookkeeper makes sure that all ledgers are up to date. Along these lines, they also enter firms’ transactions into the ledger. This keeps them on top of all transactions, accounts, and interest charges.
An administrative assistant deals with the day-to-day operations of an office. The responsibilities can be varied but may include filing paperwork, answering phone calls, and managing projects to help keep a proper flow of communication between all involved parties.
Empowered to Succeed
As a graduate of the AAS in Accounting program*, you will be prepared to:
- Identify the accounting standards principles and be able to prepare basic financial statements.
- Identify business organization concepts and theories and be able to write a basic Business Plan.
- Describe the basic concepts of economic theories and market structures relative to their implications for government, business, and individuals.
- Define the fundamental tax laws and principles and be able to prepare individual tax returns.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral business communication within a professional setting.
*The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).
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Learn more about how you can receive SAC’s associate’s degree in accounting below, and how Saint Augustine’s programs have helped others.
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