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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting (AAS) is a 66-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become accounting assistants or paraprofessionals. The program includes a general education component as well as a strong accounting knowledge base and strong computer accounting skills.
Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting (CP) is a 37-credit-hour program for persons wishing to become accounting assistants or paraprofessionals. The program includes a strong accounting knowledge base and strong computer accounting skills.
The accounting program provides many courses and several certificates on each of its three campuses for students who want to enter the field of accounting. Accounting classes are characterized by small size, instructors who are willing to provide assistance and a drop in Accounting Lab at the Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses for additional tutorial assistance. The courses in each of the certificate programs provide a steppingstone toward completion of the next higher degree or certificate; so students can start by completing the certificate that is easiest to obtain, and then continue to earn another certificate or degree.
Accountants, accounting assistants and bookkeepers are important to any business because of their abilities to analyze, record, organize, summarize and interpret business information. They help businesses run efficiently by keeping records accurately, and ensuring that taxes and other payments are made on time. Accountants, auditors, accounting assistants and bookkeepers work for corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, not- for-profits and governments across the globe. Computers greatly have changed the way these professionals and paraprofessionals do their work. Recent changes in federal law, like the Sarbanes Oxley Act, have created new opportunities in the field of accounting.
More than two million persons in the United States work as accounting assistants or bookkeepers. The most recent information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for accountants and auditors will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 (an increase of 14-27%), while jobs for accounting assistants and bookkeepers will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2014 (an increase of 0-8%).
Persons interested in accounting should possess:
- Good computer skills
- Proficiency in commercial software
English is part of the General Education requirement for all associate degree programs. Some certificate programs also require specific English courses and/or offer English courses as electives. However, English does not have its own separate degree or certificate.
Questions regarding courses in this discipline can be directed to advisors, counselors or the contact person for the discipline at each campus.
The contact person for the Florissant Valley is:
The contact person for the Forest Park is:
The contact person for the Meramec is:
The contact person for the Wildwood is:
- Career Opportunities
- For information on the job outlook in the Accounting profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
- Program Curriculum
Accounting (AAS) 66 CreditsCareer General Education – 21 Credits
ENG:100 Career English (or) ENG:101 College Composition I 3 ENG:103 Report Writing (or) ENG:102 College Composition II 3 ECO:151 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECO:152 Principles of Microeconomics 3 MTH:xxx Mathematics (140 level or higher) 3 BUS:103 Business Mathematics
(counts as 3 hours of the math requirement)
3 XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
Physical Education Activity – 2 credits
Area of Concentration – 22 credits
ACC:100 Applied Accounting 3 ACC:110 Financial Accounting I 4 ACC:114 Managerial Accounting 3 ACC:208 Intermediate Accounting I 3 ACC:213 Survey of Business Taxes 3 BLW:101 Business Law I 3 BUS:104 Introduction to Business Administration 3
Technology Core Courses – 9 credits
ACC:120 Computer Accounting Applications for Business 3 ACC:122 Computer Accounting Applications – Spreadsheets 3 ACC:124 Computer Accounting Applications – Database 3
Area of Concentration – 6 credits
Complete one of the options listed below. Accounting Associate Option: Accounting electives Tax Emphasis Option: Approved tax electives
Business Electives – 6 credits
Select two from the following: ACC:xxx IS:xxx MGT:xxx or MKT:xxx FIN:xxx BUS:201
Accounting (CP) 37 CreditsCourses – 34 Credits
BUS:103 Business Mathematics 3 ACC:100 Applied Accounting 3 ACC:110 Financial Accounting I 4 ACC:114 Managerial Accounting 3 ACC:208 Intermediate Accounting I 3 ACC:213 Survey of Business Taxes 3 BLW:101 Business Law I 3 ACC:120 Computer Accounting Applications for Business 3 ACC:122 Computer Accounting Applications – Spreadsheets 3 ACC:124 Computer Accounting Applications – Database 3 ACC:xxx Accounting 3
Business Electives – 6 credits
Select two from the following: ACC:xxx IS:xxx BUS:xxx FIN:xxx
Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation provides an accreditation exam for accounting professionals who are not interested in the CPA credential. ACAT accountants often are company employees rather than independent accountants.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides information on the CPA exam and accounting standards.
Association for Government Accountants provides continuing education and certification for government accountants.
Bureau of Labor Statistics provides statistics for various jobs and careers. This is a good place to find information about accountants, accounting clerks, auditors, auditing clerks and bookkeepers. It also provides occupational outlooks for jobs.
Institute of Management Accountants provides continuing education and accounting standards for management (internal) accountants.
Internal Revenue Service provides text of regulations and forms.
Missouri Board of Accountancy is the state regulatory agency that provides certification for accountants. This site also provides the Missouri regulations for Certified Public Accountants.
Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants provides continuing education and student initiatives.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy processes applications to sit for the CPA exam and determines eligibility to sit for the exam.
USA Jobs provides information on federal government jobs in accounting.
- Additional Information
The Missouri Board of Accountancy is the regulatory body for certified public accountants. They have given credential evaluation authority to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. STLCC courses count toward both the upper- and lower-division courses needed to sit for the CPA exam, if the person has a bachelor’s degree. Persons preparing to sit for the CPA exam can use credits earned to satisfy both lower- and upper-division accounting course requirements.
Individuals who want to become certified public accountants in Missouri must meet a 150-hour education requirement. One way of meeting that requirement is to have a bachelor’s degree plus 60 credit hours of accounting and business courses. The 60-hour requirement is divided into:
- 33 semester hours in accounting (at least 1 course in Auditing and at least 18 semester hours of the accounting courses must be upper division accounting)
- 27 semester hours in general business courses (i.e. Marketing, Management, Economics, Finance, etc.)
LOWER DIVISION COURSES:
These courses are offered fall, spring and summer semesters. They are offered subject to meeting enrollment criteria.
UPPER DIVISION COURSES:
These courses are generally offered once a year. ACC:110 Financial Accounting I is a prerequisite for all the courses that follow except ACC:204. Consult the course schedule each semester for a listing of courses offered. They are offered subject to having sufficient enrollment.
- ACC:203 Cost Accounting (usually offered spring only)
- ACC:204 Income Tax Accounting (usually offered spring and fall)
- ACC:206 Auditing (usually offered Fall only)
- ACC:208 Intermediate Accounting I (usually offered summer and fall only)
- ACC:209 Intermediate Accounting II (usually offered spring only)
- ACC:211 Current Topics in Accounting (usually offered fall at Florissant Valley and spring at Meramec)
- ACC:212 Non Profit Accounting (usually offered spring and fall)
- ACC:213 Survey of Business Taxes (usually offered spring, summer and fall)
- ACC:214 Business Taxes: Planning and Research (usually offered spring only)
- ACC:215 Fraud & Forensic Accounting (usually offered spring only)
- ACC:291 Accounting Internship
- ACC:292 Accounting Internship II
GENERAL BUSINESS COURSES:
These courses are offered spring and fall semesters. They are offered subject to meeting enrollment criteria.
- ACC:120 Computer Accounting Applications for Business
- ACC:122 Computer Accounting Applications – Spreadsheet
- ACC:124 Computer Accounting Applications – Databases
The Accounting program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.