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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Accounting (Professional), Certificate of Competency

This program is designed for qualified college graduates interested in a career in accounting. The demand for qualified people in public accounting is great. Advancement in the field is limited only by the individual's ability and is very rapid for the highly qualified. This program offers students the specific education needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant's examination. Those individuals without a bachelor's degree may enroll in this program; however, the bachelor's degree is required to sit for the CPA exam.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of recognizing, measuring and reporting income and the content, purposes and limitations of a balance sheet.
  • Identify and explain the accounting significance of transactions and events that cause the balance in owner's equity to change.
  • Discuss the environmental factors and underlying theoretical structures related to the accounting discipline.
  • Develop an audit program and perform each of the steps in that program.
  • Discuss the ethical considerations facing the professional accountant in today's business environment.

This program requires 18 to 19 credits of course work consisting of four core courses (12 credits) and two elective courses (6 credits) Students who lack adequate foundation courses are required to take the following courses:

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Required Courses
Required CoursesCredits
ACC 251 - Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 252 - Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 253 - Advanced Accounting3
ACC 254 - Auditing3
Program Electives
Program ElectivesCredits
ACC 115 - Computerized Accounting4
ACC 210 - Federal Income Tax Accounting3
BUS 220 - Elementary Statistics3
BUS 243 - Legal Environment of Business3

Students who lack adequate foundation courses are required to take the following courses: ACC 111 Financial Accounting 3 ACC 112 Managerial Accounting 3 An Associate in Applied Science degree is also available.

Total Credits: 25

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