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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Graduation Requirements

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).

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 Basics2
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
OA121Beginning Keyboarding3
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CIS125W Word Processing Applications 3
OA124 Keyboard Skill Building 3
OA220 Electronic Calculators 1
Small Business Accounting
or Principles of Accounting II
BA288 Customer Service 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 1 4
OA240 Filing and Records Management 3
BA177 Payroll Records and Accounting 3
BA217 Accounting Process 3
OA116 Office Procedures 3
OA280A CWE: Office Admin Certification 3
English Composition 2
or English Composition w/Honors
 Total Credits46

MTH60 Algebra I, MTH65 Algebra IIMTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher may be substituted for MTH82 Business Mathematics.


WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing may be substituted for WR121 English Composition.

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.