The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Entry-Level Accounting Clerk provides students with a basic understanding of accounting principles and procedures, computers and accounting software. Upon completion of this certificate, a student will be able to successfully complete on-the-job training for business positions requiring basic accounting clerk responsibilities such as journalizing, posting, assisting with taxes, audit, and other accounting procedures, preparing reports, communicating results and general office responsibilities.

All courses in the program transfer to the Certificate of Completion Accounting and the AAS Accounting as a part of a Career Pathway. Click here to learn how this Career Pathway Certificate can lead to an AAS in Accounting.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours with a minimum 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 Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Accounting Clerk Entry-Level 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).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
 Credits8
Winter
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
 Credits3
Spring
BA217 Accounting Process 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits14

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.