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Accounting

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 the many opportunities your future career with Accounting AA (transfer) degree, AAS degree, or a certificate in Bookkeeping or Accounting Clerk from ACC. Earning your degree or certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to start your career as soon as you graduate. If you start with a Business Transfer AA degree, your ACC credits will be accepted at any Colorado 4-year college and will allow you to continue to a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. We offer options for you to start a path toward a career in accounting at our Littleton Campus, Sturm Collaboration Campus and online. Are you ready to Move Mountains? We're here to help!

ACC Admissions
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Denice Pardee
Program Chair / Faculty
Accounting
denice.pardee [at] arapahoe.edu

Transfer Options

Colorado State University - Ram logoBegin working toward a Bachelor's degree in Accounting with a Business Transfer AA degree from ACC that is guaranteed to transfer to any Colorado 4-year institution. We also have a collaboration that brings Fort Collins to Castle Rock. You can get an Accounting AA degree that will transfer directly to CSU with classes at the Sturm Collaboration Campus. Get a foundation in business practices at ACC and then focus on accounting courses with CSU's College of Business after you transfer. Watch the video below for more details.

Visit Transfer Services to learn more about your options.

CIP 240101 (AAAC)

This program was created as part of an agreement with Colorado State University. The Associate of Arts Accounting degree can either be completed as a 60 + 60 program, where a student completes the AA degree at ACC, then transfers to CSU to complete the bachelor degree, or it may be completed as a dual enrollment program, where the student jointly takes courses with ACC and CSU during certain semesters. Students interested in completing the AA degree in the 60 + 60 format, may complete it at the following ACC locations: Littleton, Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock, or Online. Students interested in completing the AA degree in the dual enrollment format may complete it at the Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock only.

The program provides a foundation for an understanding of the theory and practice of the major fields of accounting: financial accounting and reporting, managerial accounting, taxation, accounting information systems, and auditing.

Career paths for Business Administration, Accounting graduates include accountant, auditor, tax specialist, financial analyst, forensic accountant, internal auditor, and information technology auditor.

To be successful, students should have strong math and computer skills, and be detail-oriented.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (37 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (8 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT Pathways Arts and Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 3 Credits
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (8 credit hours)
  • Natural and Physical Science GT-SC1-SC2 4 Credits
  • Natural and Physical Science with Lab GT-SC1 4 Credits
Total: 60 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

  • Courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another institution.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation

CIP 520301 (AACT)

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)
Note(s):

*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

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered, if there are any pre-requisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course order recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy to keep on track to graduation.

Job Potential in Accounting

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

Discover Accounting Jobs through Purple Briefcase

Review the jobs below and more through Purple Briefcase (accessed through MyACC – Training & Technology – Career Services).

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!

Get your Accounting Bachelor's Degree with ACC and CSU

ACC offers an Associate of Arts in Accounting degree that transfers exclusively to CSU for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration from the CSU College of Business. You'll attend CSU at our Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock.