Accounting

Business & Technology
Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative
Accountants are essential team members within large and small corporations, and at non-profits and educational institutions. With a degree in accounting, you'll also have the knowledge you need to manage your own business. Northampton's Accounting program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), provides a solid foundation of specific accounting concepts as well as the skills you'll need to succeed in the field.

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program Features
On its own, Northampton's associate's degree will qualify you for a range of employment opportunities, including entry-level accounting, bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable and more. If your plan is to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an associate's degree from Northampton is an affordable way to start down the path toward the required bachelor's degree.

The AAS degree program can be conveniently completed in the day or evening, on a full- or part-time basis. The program can also be completed online.

The Specialized Diplomas Program Features
Northampton also offers two specialized diplomas in Accounting: the Accounting Specialized Diploma and the Accounting Assistant Specialized Diploma. Both can be completed in the day or evening.

The Accounting Specialized Diploma is intended for students who may already have a college degree but who wish to acquire accounting skills or begin taking steps toward achieving the CPA. To learn more about the requirements of reaching CPA licensure, you can visit PICPA.org.

The Accounting Assistant Specialized Diploma is a good choice for students who would like to being working quickly in support positions in accounting firms or in other related areas of business. The 18-credit diploma includes introductory accounting classes as well as training on computers.

View Gainful Employment information on the Accounting Certificate

View Gainful Employment information on the Accounting Assistant Certificate

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Make decisions that reflect legal and ethical standards in the profession of accounting.
  • Prepare financial reports and statements.
  • Interpret financial data and financial information.
  • Analyze accounting data and information for decision making.


Accounting Program
Associate in Applied Science Degree

 

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I
3
BUSA 152 Business Law I
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
----------- Mathematics Elective (QL) +
3
----------- General Education Elective ++
3
15
Second Semester
ACCT 151 Financial Accounting II
3
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers
3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
ENGL 151L English II (Literature)
3
------------ Business Elective +++
3
15
Third Semester
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting I
4
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
3
ECON 201 Macroeconomics
3
CISC 104 Microcomputer Applications
4
------------ General Education Elective ++

3

17
Fourth Semester
ACCT 220 Income Tax Accounting I
3
BUSA 201 Business Statistics I

4

BUSA 221G Business Communication
3
---------- Accounting Elective ++++
3
---------- Elective
3
16
Total Credits
63

+ Mathematics Elective options: MATH 140, 145, 160, 165, 175, 176, 180, 181.
++For the General Education Elective, students must take a course from the list of approved courses in two of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
+++ Business Elective options: BUSA 101, 115, 131, 137, 202, 205, 226, 235.
++++ Accounting Elective options: ACCT 160, 205*, 251*, 255* or BUSA 211. * Offered only through Online Learning.

  • Completion of ENGL151L satisfies the Diversity (D) requirement.
  • BUSA 221G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement for this program.

NOTE: Students will be required to use spreadsheets in their upper level accounting courses. Thus, it is highly recommended that students complete CISC 101 before enrolling in any sophomore accounting courses.

Accounting,

Specialized Diploma

 

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I
3
BUSA 152 Business Law I
3
6
Second Semester
ACCT 151 Financial Accounting II
3
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
3
BUSA 202 Business Law II
3
9
Third Semester
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting I
4
ACCT 205 Cost Accounting
3
7
Fourth Semester
ACCT 251 Intermediate Accounting II
3
ACCT 220 Income Tax Accounting I
3
ACCT 255 Principles of Auditing
3
9
Total Credits:
31


NOTE:
Students will be required to use spreadsheets in their upper level accounting courses. Thus, it is highly recommended that students complete CISC 101 before enrolling in any sophomore accounting courses.

Accounting Assistant,
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I
3
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers
3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
9
Second Semester
ACCT 151 Financial Accounting II
3
ACCT 160 Accounting Applications
3
BUSA 211 Personal Finance
3
9
Total Credits:
18


Career Potential:
Accounts Payable/Receivable, Bookkeeper/Payroll, Cost Accountant, Public Accountant, Staff Accountant, Tax Accountant, Account Manager, Account Specialist , Inventory Accountant

Leading to:Auditor, Certified Public, Accountant, Comptroller, Treasurer, Trust Officer

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