Accounting Diploma

Program Description

The Accounting diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in accounting in today’s technology-driven workplaces. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Program graduates receive an Accounting diploma.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Major Code: AC12
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 3 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 42

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Course Expiration

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in Accounting, the following courses must be taken five years prior to graduation:

  • ACCT 1115—Computerized Accounting
  • ACCT 1120—Spreadsheet Applications
  • ACCT 1125— Individual Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 1130—Payroll Accounting
  • ACCT 2120--Business Tax Accounting

Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.


First TermENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy3

Choose One: (Required)
EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development2
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology3

MATH 1011Business Math3
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3

Second TermACCT 1100Financial Accounting I4
ACCT 1120Spreadsheet Applications4
BUSN 1440Document Production4
ACCT 1125Individual Tax Accounting3
Accounting Elective3

Third TermACCT 1105Financial Accounting II4
ACCT 1115Computerized Accounting3
ACCT 1130Payroll Accounting3

(Occupational) Accounting Electives
ACCT 2100Accounting Internship I4
ACCT 2105Accounting Internship II8
ACCT 2110Accounting Simulation3
ACCT 2115Bookkeeper Certification Review3
ACCT 2120Business Tax Accounting3
ACCT 2125Capstone Review Course of Accounting Principles3
ACCT 2135Intro to Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting3
ACCT 2140Legal Environment of Business3
ACCT 2145Personal Finance3
ACCT 2150Principles of Auditing3
ACCT 2155Principles of Fraud Examination3
ACCT 2250Representation and Specialized Returns3

Students enrolling in BUSN 1440 are required to take a typing test indicating the ability to key at least 25 words per minute accurately, or successfully pass BUSN 1100 with a grade of C or better.
Electives not specified as Accounting Electives should be chosen from any advisor-approved category.

* Students enrolling in BUSN 1440 are required to take a typing test indicating the ability to key at least 25 words per minute accurately, or successfully pass BUSN 1100 with grade of C or better.

More Information

What Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Do

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.

Work Environment

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks work in offices, and may do site visits. About 1 in 4 worked part time in 2012.

How to Become a Bookkeeping, Accounting, or Auditing Clerk

Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks need a high school diploma, and they usually learn some of their skills on the job. They must have basic math and computer skills, including knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software.


The median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $35,170 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the number of organizations increases and financial regulations become stricter, there will be greater demand for these workers to maintain books and provide accounting services.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks with similar occupations.

***United States Department of Labor


Program Advisor
Dr. Curtis Crocker
Program Coordinator

Kwabena Banahene

Career and Academic Planning

Breanna Sidney
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107