Certificate in General Business
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Our professional certificate programs provide vocational skills for many career pathways. These programs will also provide credentials for existing University of the Potomac students to enable career advancement while they are completing their associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs. Certificate programs are available online or on campus.
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Business Certificate Overview
These short business certificate programs provide vocational skills for career pathways into entry-level positions or for advancement in a wide variety of public and private businesses. General certificate programs develop marketable skills for positions such as office reception and administration, computer applications support, accounts receivable and payable and computer security.
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General Business 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.
- ACCT 101 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
- BUS 110 Foundations of Business (3 credits)
- BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment (3 credits)
- MGMT 230 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
- MGMT 250 Introduction to Business Analysis (3 credits)
- MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
General Business Requirements & Outcomes
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 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.
Bookkeepers are responsible for recording a business’ financial transactions, including payments, invoices, checks and bills.
Accounting assistants use software programs to perform a variety of financial-related tasks, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, collections, and reconciliations.
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 technicians are responsible for assisting in the reporting and maintenance of financial accounting data, records and transactions.
Accounts receivable clerks process and reconcile financial transactions related to incoming receivables, including processing invoices, credit memos, payments, and deposits.
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
Depends. Take as much time as you wish, but our associate degree program is specifically designed for busy, working adults who want to finish fast. At the University of the Potomac, you can earn your A.S. Accounting in as little as 24 months.