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Getting your associate degree or certificate in accounting from ACC will help you Move Mountains toward a career you'll love.

Arapahoe Community College Student

Explore your future with an Accounting AAS degree or Bookkeeping or Accounting Clerk Certificate from ACC. Earning your degree or certificate can provide you with the skills and knowledge to start your career as soon as you graduate. Or you can start with a Business Transfer AA degree and transfer to any Colorado 4-year college / university to continue toward your Bachelor's degree in Accounting. We offer ways for you to start your path toward a career in accounting at our Littleton and Sturm Collaboration Campuses and online. Are you ready to Move Mountains? We're here to help!

Denice Pardee
Program Chair / Faculty
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Transfer Options

Begin your path toward a Bachelor's degree with a Business Transfer Associate of Arts degree from ACC that will transfer to any Colorado 4-year institution. Get a foundation in business practices so you can focus on accounting courses after you transfer.

Visit Transfer Services to learn more about your options.

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!

AA in Accounting Coming Soon

Are you looking for a simple transfer path to get started in accounting and business? ACC will soon be offering an Associate of Arts in Accounting degree that will transfer exclusively to CSU for a BA in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration. Get both degrees at the Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock.

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