Learning Outcomes

The Accounting curriculum prepares students for employment in accounting positions at a variety of levels. Graduates may qualify as staff accountants, tax preparers, auditors, and may be eligible to sit for either the IRS Enrolled Agent exam or the CPA exam.

Accounting Technology Certificate:

Description:
Provides extensive practice in general accounting procedures, including training in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and Xero Accounting. Graduates will be qualified for jobs in accounts payable, credit and collections, general ledger, payroll, or other staff accounting positions.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

    1. the accounting cycle and other financial accounting topics.
    2. managerial accounting, including the application of Microsoft Excel.
    3. QuickBooks topics that are covered on the QuickBooks Certified User Exam.
    4. Microsoft Excel functions, including the completion of comprehensive projects.
    5. the basics of Xero Cloud Accounting software.
    6. complex accounting errors and adjusting entries.

Tax Preparation Certificate:

Description:
Provides extensive practice in general accounting procedures and tax preparation, including training in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and Xero Accounting.  Graduates will be eligible for jobs as tax accountants, as well as jobs in accounts payable, general ledger, and other staff accounting positions. Students will also be qualified to sit for the IRS Enrolled Agent Exam.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

    1. the accounting cycle and other financial accounting topics.
    2. topics related to individual, corporation, and partnership taxation.
    3. the RIA Checkpoint tax research software to resolve tax issues.
    4. QuickBooks topics that are covered on the QuickBooks Certified User Exam.
    5. Microsoft Excel, including the completion of comprehensive projects.
    6. complex accounting errors and adjusting entries.

CPA Preparation Certificate:

Description:
Provides the courses needs to prepare students for the CPA exam. Students will complete 30 hours of accounting that contain the content of the CPA exam and satisfy the education requirements of the Illinois Board of Examiners. The courses cover extensive topics in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing. Students will be eligible for higher level jobs as staff accountants, tax accountants, internal auditors, assistant controllers, or external auditors.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

    1. financial accounting topics covered in intermediate and advanced accounting, including the ability to work with the FASB Codification Database.
    2. managerial accounting, including the application of Microsoft Excel.
    3. topics related to individual, corporation, and partnership taxation, including the ability to work with the RIA Checkpoint research database.
    4. CPA topics related to auditing, including cases that require judgment and critical thinking analysis.
    5. business ethics cases that require synthesis and evaluation.
    6. business memos in professional formatting as required by the CPA Exam.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting and
   
Accounting Associate Certificate:

Note that the main difference between the AAS in Accounting and the Accounting Associate Certificate is that the AAS requires students to also complete 18 hours of general education courses.

Description:
This is a comprehensive program that encompasses financial accounting, accounting technology, managerial accounting, taxation, and business ethics. Students will be eligible for a variety of accounting jobs, including staff accounting, accounts payable, general ledger, payroll, or income tax preparation.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of:

    1. the accounting cycle and other financial accounting topics, including the ability to work with the FASB Codification Database.
    2. managerial accounting, including the application of Microsoft Excel.
    3. QuickBooks topics that are covered on the QuickBooks Certified User Exam.
    4. Microsoft Excel functions, including the completion of comprehensive projects.
    5. the basics of Xero Cloud Accounting software.
    6. complex accounting errors and adjusting entries.
    7. topics related to individual taxation, including the RIA Checkpoint research database.
    8. business ethics cases that require synthesis and evaluation.
    9. business memos and presentations in professional formatting.