Payroll Accounting Specialist

Program Description

The Payroll Accounting Specialist program provides entry-level skills in payroll accounting. Topics include: principles of accounting, computerized accounting, principles of payroll accounting, mathematics, and basic computer use.

Program Details

  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Major Code: PA61
  • Award Level: Technical Certificate of Credit
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 17

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

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 TermACCT 1100Financial Accounting I4
Choose One: Required
COLL 1500College Success & Career Exploration3
COMP 1000Introduction of Computers3

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

What Financial Clerks Do

Financial clerks do administrative work for many types of organizations. They keep records, help customers, and carry out financial transactions.

Work Environment

Financial clerks work in a variety of office settings, including bank branches, medical offices, and government agencies. Most work full time.


The median annual wage for financial clerks was $34,960 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of financial clerks is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

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Program Advisor
Dr. Curtis Crocker
Program Coordinator

Kwabena Banahene

Career and Academic Planning
Breanna Sidney
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107