Associate in Applied Science (AAS),
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Offered through Business, Management and Technology
@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Online
This program is designed to prepare students to become accounting assistants or paraprofessionals. The program includes a general education component as well as a strong accounting knowledge base and strong computer accounting skills. This area of study offers a degree option as well as a certificate. The courses in each of the certificate programs provide a stepping stone toward completion of the next higher degree or certificate; so students can start by completing the certificate that is easiest to obtain, and then continue to earn another certificate or degree.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
Catalog information on required courses is also available.
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting (AAS) is a 66-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become accounting assistants or paraprofessionals. The program includes a general education component as well as a strong accounting knowledge base and strong computer accounting skills.
Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting (CP) is a 37-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become accounting assistants or paraprofessionals. The program includes a strong accounting knowledge base and strong computer accounting skills.
The accounting program provides many courses and several certificates on each of its three campuses for students who want to enter the field of accounting. Accounting classes are characterized by small size, instructors who are willing to provide assistance and a drop in Accounting Lab at the Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses for additional tutorial assistance. The courses in each of the certificate programs provide a stepping stone toward completion of the next higher degree or certificate; so students can start by completing the certificate that is easiest to obtain, and then continue to earn another certificate or degree.
Accountants, accounting assistants, and bookkeepers are important to any business because of their abilities to analyze, record, organize, summarize and interpret business information. They help businesses run efficiently by keeping records accurately and ensuring that taxes and other payments are made on time. Accountants, auditors, accounting assistants and bookkeepers work for corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, not- for-profits and governments across the globe. Computers greatly have changed the way these professionals and paraprofessionals do their work. Recent changes in federal law, like the Sarbanes Oxley Act, have created new opportunities in the field of accounting.
More than two million persons in the United States work as accounting assistants or bookkeepers. The most recent information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for accountants and auditors will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 (an increase of 14-27%), while jobs for accounting assistants and bookkeepers will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2014 (an increase of 0-8%).
Persons interested in accounting should possess:
- Good computer skills
- Proficiency in commercial software
- English is part of the General Education requirement for all associate degree programs. Some certificate programs also require specific English courses and/or offer English courses as electives. However, English does not have its own separate degree or certificate.
Markus Ahrens, Professor
Jeff Hsu, Assistant Professor
Robyn C. Barrett, Associate Professor
Amy Monson, Assistant Professor
Suzanne Counte, Professor
Anne Wessely, Professor
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