Accounting

NEW:  Effective 2018-2019, all Accounting courses, certificates, and the AAS degree can be completed online.

The goal of the Accounting Associate curriculum is to prepare students for employment in accounting positions upon completion of the degree or certificates. Graduates may qualify as CPA's, tax accountants, staff accountants, payroll accountants, and other related positions.

For students who are planning to transfer to a four-year school to receive a bachelor's degree in accounting, four-year institutions will only accept the first two accounting courses from community colleges.  At Oakton, those are ACC 153 and ACC 154.  You can read more about this on the first question of our frequently asked questions page.

For students with that are looking to develop some accounting technology skills, consider taking one of the three courses highlighted in the announcements section at the bottom of this page.

For students who are planning to receive accounting credentials through Oakton, our curriculum offers a a 36-credit-hour CPA preparation certificate that leads to the national uniform CPA exam; a 20-credit-hour accounting technology certificate that provides extensive software training; an 18-credit-hour in income tax preparation certificate that leads to the IRS enrolled agent exam; a 42-credit-hour certificate in accounting with concentrated study in accounting principles, intermediate accounting, cost accounting, and federal taxes, and a comprehensive 63-credit-hour A.A.S. degree program

Please note that this A.A.S. degree is not intended for transfer students.  See the difference in the first question of the frequestly asked questions page.

For students working toward the CPA examination, the Board of Examiners accepts all accounting and business courses taken at Oakton toward 150-hour requirement.  All accounting courses, with the exception of ACC 255, will count towrd the 30-credit hour requirement for accounting. 

Additional information concerning the CPA examination may be obtained from: Illinois Board of Examiners, 1120 Diehl Road Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60563, 815.753.8900, or www.ilboe.org. They can be contacted at help@ilboe.org.

For more information about Oakton's accounting program, see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Leslie Van Wolvelear, Co-Chair and Student Advisor for the accounting program, at 847.376.7135 or lvanwolv@oakton.edu.

Announcements
Take ACC 188 and learn how to navigate various cloud platforms including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel 365, Microsoft One Drive, and QuickBooks Online. This includes a review of the accounting cycle, online tutorials, practice activities, and file sharing. This course is eligible for 45 hours of CPE credit for CPA's.
Take ACC 180 to expand your knowledge and skills with Microsoft Excel. The course is focused on applied uses for accounting. This course is open to anybody with basic accounting knowledge and is eligible for 45 hours of CPE credit for CPA's.
Take ACC 183 to learn the necessary skills to become a QuickBooks Certified User in one semester. This course is open to anybody with basic accounting knowledge and is eligible for 45 hours of CPE credit for CPA's.
Students are eligible for free membership with the Illinois CPA Society. This gives access to networking events, job postings, scholarships, and other programs. It is highly recommended.