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.

All courses in the program transfer to the AAS Accounting as a part of a Career Pathway, to view the Career Pathway click here.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Accounting Clerk can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 49 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 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).

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
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
BA284 Job Readiness 1
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 3
BA120 Leadership Development 1 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 4
BA222 Finance 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 2 4
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA217 Accounting Process 3
BA240 Fund Accounting Governmental 3
SP219 Small Group Discussion 3 3
 Total Credits49

BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams, BA285 Human Relations in Organizations; PSY100 Introduction to PsychologyPSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA120 Leadership Development.


MTH60 Algebra IMTH65 Algebra II, MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher may be substituted for MTH82 Business Mathematics.


SP100 Basic Speech Communications or higher may be substituted for SP219 Small Group Discussion.

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 judgements are required.