Associate of Science in Accounting

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Reach your career goals with an accounting degree

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

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Accounting Degree 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.

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Accounting Courses & Curriculum

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Accounting, students must earn 60 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours.

Program Outline

  • 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
  • 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
  • COMP 110 Computer and Office Applications
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra

3 credits elective courses

Accounting Requirements & Outcomes

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.

General Admission Requirements

  • 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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Bachelor in Accounting Jobs & 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. This program enables students to experience the necessary education
required to analyze transactions, prepare journal entries and manage a
company’s payroll or books.

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.

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.

 

Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers are responsible for recording a business’ financial transactions, including payments, invoices, checks and bills.

Accounting Assistant

Accounting assistants use software programs to perform a variety of financial-related tasks, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, collections, and reconciliations.

Payroll Clerk

Payroll clerks are responsible for assisting in managing employee compensation, including verifying hours worked, completing weekly payroll and process employee status and information changes.

Accounting Technician

Accounting technicians are responsible for assisting in the reporting and maintenance of financial accounting data, records and transactions.

Accounts Receivable Clerk

Accounts receivable clerks process and reconcile financial transactions related to incoming receivables, including processing invoices, credit memos, payments, and deposits.

Sales Manager

Sales Managers direct the business development activities of sales personnel, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded.

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Associate of Science in Accounting Frequently Asked Questions

An Associate in Accounting is a two-year undergraduate program that UOTP offers. During your time at UOTP, you’ll learn essential principles in several key sectors of accounting, including financial, managerial, and individual income tax.

Depending on whether you will choose to study full-time or part-time, on-campus or online, earning an Associate degree in Accounting will typically take you two years to complete.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your Associate Degree in Accounting by calculating your school cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

With an Associate Degree in Accounting, you will be prepared for an entry-level accounting job in private or a government agency. Jobs like accounting technician, accounts receivable analyst, bookkeeper, tax preparer, and other job titles are available to you.

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac gives you the opportunity to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online program. It is entirely up to you to choose how you want to get your degree.

It all starts with you deciding to get an Associate Degree in Accounting. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures. Not to forget that you can always contact an admission officer to help you with the whole process.