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Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate


The Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate is a 16 credit-hour program designed for persons interested in pursuing careers as accounting paraprofessionals in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Students earning the Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate may elect to continue their education at the College by earning the A.A.S. degree in Accounting.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the courses in the Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate the student will be able to:

  • Explain the contents of the financial statements prepared according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Analyze and record transactions, and complete the accounting cycle using computerized general ledger software.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an entry-level position in as an accounting clerk or tax preparer.
  • Effectively communicate with users of financial information orally and in writing.

Program Entrance Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.

Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Credits
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting   4 credits
ENGL 101 English Composition I   3 credits
ACCT 102 Managerial Accounting I  ACCT 101 with a grade of C or better 3 credits
ACCT 103 Microcomputers in Accounting  ACCT 101 with a grade of C or better 3 credits

ACCT 208

ACCT 215

Tax Accounting; or

Nonprofit Accounting

For ACCT 215: ACCT 102 or ACCT 101 and department approval 3 credits
Total Credits: 16

Successful Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed above. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete exams, writing assignments and participate in class activities.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8785; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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