Major Code: 3502
The Accounting Program prepares students for entry level positions in the field of accounting as well as enhancing the skills of individuals currently employed in the accounting field. The program provides specialized knowledge in accounting theory and practice as well as an understanding of Business operations in the American economy.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of the program, graduates will:
- Demonstrate an understanding and proficiency with accounting terminology, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, financial statement preparation and the accounting cycle.
- Prepare and analyze financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and IFRS.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of accounting software.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the taxation of individual income.
- Apply cost accounting principles and procedures to evaluate and project business performance.
- Possess the necessary knowledge and skills to move into a baccalaureate program.
Program outcomes are assessed by capstone courses, exit interviews, employer surveys and program specific exit exams, which may include ETS Associate Business Exam or The National Certified Bookkeeper Exam. The Accounting 2+2 option is assessed according to the above in addition to the successful transition/completion of a Baccalaureate degree. General education outcomes are assessed by a general education portfolio.
Transfer Baccalaureate Options
- Marshall University
- West Virginia State University
- University of Charleston
- West Virginia University Institute of Technology
The Accounting program prepares graduates for employment as:
*Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Account Clerk
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Account Receivable Clerk
- Accounts Payable Specialist
- Accounting Associate
If students go on to further their education:
*Accountants and Auditors
- Public Accountant
- Staff Accountant
- Tax Preparer
- Business Analyst
- Accounting Officer
- Accounting Supervisor
- Internal Auditor
- Assurance Manager
- Audit Manager
- Forensic Accountant
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the annual median salary (May 2012) for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing clerks is $35,170 and a 11% job outlook growth rate (average rate), 2012-20. Experience, education and certification all increase earning potential. If students go on to further their education, Accountants and Auditors have a reported median salary of $63,550 as of May 2012 and a 13% growth rate, 2012-2020.