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Accounting

Associate in Applied Science

Certificate of Completion

Accounting is a diverse field with many opportunities for employment. Accuracy and attention to detail are trademark qualities of accountants, who can be found in all types of industries and levels of government.  Accountants may use specialized accounting software, perform data entry, and may also be in contact with customers and clients.  However, with a certificate in accounting, students would be prepared to for the following entry-level jobs: accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, claims clerk, credit clerk, full-charge bookkeeper, accounting intern, or comparable positions.

Students studying accounting can expect to learn the following:

  • Use MS Excel to the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
  • Identify and describe tax reporting for payroll, sales and personal property
  • Identify, describe, and use the fundamental principles and practices of accounting including interpretation of general purpose financial statements.
  • Identify, describe, and use the accounting procedures for individuals, partnerships, and corporate tax structures.
  • The basic rules of financial accounting and apply them to business problems.
  • The uses of accounting information for internal and external purposes with emphasis on analysis for use by management.
  • The procedural details for the accumulation of information and generation of reports for internal and external users.

Why Accounting @ EMCC?

The accounting and business programs at EMCC provide challenges and unlimited opportunities for students who desire a successful and rewarding position in business, government, industrial, or public accounting.

EMCC business faculty and wide-range of student resources and services help prepare students to be successful in the area(s) of study. The campus provides many academic opportunities and options, career advisement, and a social, safe environment to learn and achieve educational goals.

For students pursuing advanced degrees, the business programs at EMCC are well-respected by colleges and universities. Many in-state universities offer seamless transfer programs to EMCC students.

This program is part of the Business Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks and professional opportunities within their selected field(s) of study.

Career and Employment Outlook: 

Depending the depth of experience and education, career opportunities vary greatly. Students seeking professional, executive positions are encouraged to consider advancing their college education at the university level to obtain a bachelor’s degree and prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam.

Careers in accounting include account executive, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, cost analyst, financial analyst, fraud examiner, general ledger analyst, IRS representative/agent, payroll specialist, staff accountant and tax advisor.

With a certificate in accounting, students would be prepared to for the following entry-level jobs: accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, claims clerk, credit clerk, full-charge bookkeeper, accounting intern, or comparable positions.

Transfer Options:

Maricopa Degree Options
At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
Associate in Business, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Applied Science
Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program
This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.