Business Accounting Certificate (Career)

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Program Manager: Dr. Karen Wilson
Phone: 301.624.2848

Program Description

Prepares students working in the accounting field for career advancement opportunities. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and procedures and apply them to business situations. Students will also use application software to solve business and accounting problems. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in the following courses: ACCT 100 Business Accounting, ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting I, ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting I, ACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting II, ACCT 233 Applied Accounting and ACCT 111 Computerized Accounting.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the steps in the accounting cycle to record accounting transactions and adjustments, and create financial statements according to generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Create financial statements and record accounting transactions & adjustments utilizing accounting software.
  • Create payroll functions for a business entity.
  • Construct spreadsheets to report financial performance and project financial estimates.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of accounting principles and their application as they relate to financial statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a business environment.

Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the following courses: ACCT 100 Business AccountingACCT 101 Principles of Accounting IACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting IACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting IIACCT 233 Applied Accounting and ACCT 111 Computerized Accounting.
Departmental Requirements
ACCT 100Business Accounting3
ACCT 101Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 102Principles of Accounting II3
ACCT 111Computerized Accounting3
ACCT 201Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT 202Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT 203Managerial Cost Accounting3
ACCT 233Applied Accounting3
Select one of the following:3
Payroll Accounting
Federal Income Tax Accounting
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
BMGT 100Spreadsheet Applications3
BMGT 103Introduction to Business3
BMGT 120Business Communications3
CMIS 101Information Systems and Technology3
Total Credits41

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
ACCT 100 Business Accounting 3
ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting I 3
BMGT 103 Introduction to Business 3
CMIS 101 Information Systems and Technology 3
Recommended Second Semester
ACCT 102 Principles of Accounting II 3
ACCT 111 Computerized Accounting 3
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting I 4
Select one of the following: 3
Payroll Accounting  
Federal Income Tax Accounting  
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting  
BMGT 100 Spreadsheet Applications 3
Recommended Third Semester
BMGT 120 Business Communications 3
ACCT 202 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACCT 203 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 233 Applied Accounting 3
 Total Credits41

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.