Accounting Clerk, Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion Accounting Clerk is designed to prepare students to complete typical accounting clerk responsibilities such as journalizing, posting, assisting with tax, audit and other accounting procedures, preparing reports, communicating results and general office responsibilities.

Career opportunities include accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk and data entry clerk for small and medium-sized service businesses.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 50 credit hours with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Accounting Clerk is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to organize workloads to meet reporting deadlines.
  • Analyze and record transactions including general accounting transactions and payroll accounting.
  • Prepare financial reports using select small business computerized accounting software and spreadsheet programs.
  • Communicate effectively in a professional accounting workplace environment.
  • Identify and appraise situations in professional accounting where the applications of ethical judgments are required.

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
MTH82 Business Mathematics 3 4
BA120 Leadership Development 2 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 4
BA222 Finance 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
WR115 Fundamentals of Report Writing 1 4
BA206 Management Fundamentals 4
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA217 Accounting Process 3
BA240 Fund Accounting 3
SP219 Small Group Discussion 4 3
 Total Credits50

A higher writing may be substituted excluding WR241, WR242, WR243, WR250.


BA120, BA110, BA285, PSY100PSY201, PSY202, PSY203, will satisfy this requirement.


MTH60MTH65, MTH95 or higher, excluding MTH211, may be substituted for MTH82.


SP100, SP111, SP218, SP219 will satisfy this requirement.


All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.