Associate of Science in Accounting Degree Program Overview

University of the Potomac’s Associate Degree in Accounting is a two-year program that prepares students for para-professional accounting careers. Just like our other associates programs, students have flexibility and benefits that will help give them a greater chance of success.

Associate in Accounting Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Accounting are able to:

  • Translate economic events into financial information based on professional accounting standards and methodologies.
  • Analyze business information to identify the potential impact of business risks on operational performance.
  • Use ethical data collection techniques to research accounting and tax literature in order to apply professional accounting standards, rules, and interpretations.
  • Develop written business communications that convey the work performed and conclusions reached within the context of professional accounting standards and the needs of stakeholders.

What You Will Learn

The mission of the Associate of Science degree in Accounting is for students to get entry-level positions as bookkeepers, accounts receivable clerks and accounts payable clerks. Students learn to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and post to ledgers.

Core Courses & Requirements

Required Managment Courses

  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision making
  • BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics
  • MGMT 230 Organizational Behavior
  • MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing

Required Accounting Courses

  • ACCT 101 Principles of Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 110 Principles of Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 203 Federal Taxes
  • ACCT 214 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 220 Payroll Accounting
  • ACCT 290 Intermediate Accounting I
  • FIN 230 Fundamentals of Finance

Accounting Career Opportunities

Accounting careers continue to show very strong growth and opportunities in the future. Accounting positions are ranked #3 of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report. With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation.

Accounting positions are ranked #3  of best business jobs by U. S. News and World Report.  With an Associate’s Degree in accounting from University of the Potomac, you will be able to assist in auditing and tax preparation. This program enables students to experience the necessary education required to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and manage a company’s payroll or books. Students graduating from this program will have the skills for entry level positions in accounting like accounts receivable clerk, accounting assistant, bookkeeper, auditing clerk, payroll clerk and more.

Bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks are an organization’s financial record keepers. Their duties are imperative to the survival of a business, no matter how large or small. They may update and maintain one or more accounting records.

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They also tabulate expenditures, receipts, accounts payable and receivable and track profit and loss. They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from full-charge bookkeepers who can maintain an entire company’s financial records to accounting clerks who handle specific, individual business accounts.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 2 million jobs in 2004 and are found in all industries and at all levels of government. Local government and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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