The Certificate of Completion Bookkeeping Clerical is a one-year certificate to prepare students for entry into general clerical and bookkeeping positions. This occupation is one of the largest growth occupations in the economy. The large size of this occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work.
Graduates of the program are qualified for entry into positions such as: General bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll clerk, file clerk, civil service employee, and many general and combination office positions requiring some knowledge of bookkeeping.
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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 Bookkeeping Clerical can be found online.
Students must complete a minimum of 46 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 Bookkeeping Clerical 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).
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|or WR90R||Academic Literacy|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations||3|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|CIS125W||Word Processing Applications||3|
|OA124||Keyboard Skill Building||3|
|Small Business Accounting
or Principles of Accounting II
|MTH82||Business Mathematics 1||4|
|OA240||Filing and Records Management||3|
|BA177||Payroll Records and Accounting||3|
|OA280A||CWE: Office Admin Certification||3|
|English Composition 2
or English Composition w/Honors
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:
- Use appropriate computer software applications to record, present, and summarize financial activities.
- Organize and store information at current workplace standards.
- Perform routine bookkeeping tasks for a variety of business entities.
- Maintain basic payroll record keeping.
- Diplomatically, tactfully, and respectfully interact with diverse populations.