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Get your AAS in Accounting or Bookkeeping or Accounting Clerk Certificate from ACC.

Arapahoe Community College Student

If you're looking for a career in a stable field with numerous opportunities and enjoy working with finances and math, then it is time you take a look at the Accounting program at ACC. Whether you are preparing for a career in accounting or want to improve your understanding of the "language of business," we can help you complete your educational goals.

Denice Pardee
Program Chair / Faculty
denice.pardee [at]

What You'll Learn

Once you’ve complete your AAS in Accounting degree, you’ll gain:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills essential for success in the accounting profession
  • Knowledge of core technical concepts used in accounting
  • The ability to use software and technology tools used in the accounting field
  • The ability to analyze information objectively and make reasoned judgment

CIP 520302 (ACC2)

This program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level positions in the bookkeeping/accounting field. This would include clerical positions in specialized areas such as accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, as well as positions with a more total involvement in accounting.

Program Requirements

Major Courses (36 credit hours)

*Students without a good background in algebra should take the math requirement prior to taking ACC 122. Courses may be substituted with approval from the Accounting Department Chair.

Electives (9 credit hours)

Select 9 credit hours from any course with the following prefix, not already required: BTE, BUS, ECO, FIN, INV, MAN, MAR, ACC, CIS, CNG, CSC. Please consult with an Advisor for selection of electives best suited to your needs.

Total: 61 Credit Hours

CIP 520302 (ACTC)

This certificate is designed to prepare students for an entry-level clerk position. Accounting clerks require solid interpersonal skills, proficiency with Excel, and basic accounting knowledge. They assist with data entry and processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives (3 credit hours)

Choose 3 credits from the following prefixes: CIS, FIN, MAR

Total: 16 Credit Hours

CIP 520302 (BKK)

This certificate is designed to prepare students for bookkeeping positions within accounting firms or large companies. Bookkeepers require proficiency with Excel and QuickBooks, solid interpersonal skills, and basic accounting knowledge. They perform tasks such as processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, inventory, reconciling bank statements, and payroll processing.

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives (3 credit hours)

Choose 3 credits from the following prefixes: ACC, BTE, BUS, CIS, FIN, MAN, MAR

Total: 29 Credit Hours

Job Potential

Once you get your AAS degree or certificate in Accounting, you can begin your accounting career immediately in roles such as:

Why choose ACC's Accounting program?

  • We integrate the use of technology in all accounting courses. The degree includes courses in economics, finance and law
  • Our courses may also help you meet your educational requirements for professional certifications such as: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Managerial Accountant, Certified Bookkeeper, Certified Payroll Professional
  • Our courses are small so you can get one-on-one time with your instructors
  • Get the flexibility you need with on-campus and online course options
  • You will begin networking and gain real-world experience through internships as part of the program
  • Curriculum for the program is guided by our Advisory Committee, made up of local business members working in the industry with extensive knowledge of what skills are needed and in demand

Are you ready to turn your financial savvy into a rewarding career? Apply now and we will help you Move Mountains!

Transfer Options

Within the AA Degree-Business Transfer Concentration, ACC 121 and ACC 122 are included as transferable courses to several Colorado public four-year institutions such as Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.

The AAS degree in Accounting will transfer to several 4-year institutions. Visit Transfer Services to learn more about your options.