Program Overview

Albany Technical College offers a Diploma in Accounting for students who are interested in learning accounting and bookkeeping knowledge and are interested in learning to perform entry-level accounting tasks for use in business. Students in the program will learn academic, technical and professional knowledge of practices of accounting with intention of developing a functional understanding of accounting in different roles which accountants are responsible for fulfilling. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the complete accounting cycle and learn the vocabulary, concepts, and tasks that are a part of accounting for a small business or a sole proprietorship. Through the program, students will learn about the responsibilities of accountants through a combination of instruction and practical training utilizing software to learn accounting systems.

Students will learn about accepted accounting practices and the different roles of accounting and information systems within organizations. Those classes include composition and rhetoric, college algebra, financial accounting, managerial accounting, computerized accounting, spreadsheet applications, individual tax accounting, payroll accounting, legal environment of business, personal finance, document production, introduction to computers, business tax accounting, personal finance, office procedures, introduction to business, word processing applications, database applications, employment law, leadership, introduction to business, business ethics, principles of marketing, and business regulations and compliance.

Upon completing the program, students will have demonstrated the professional knowledge and qualifications necessary for bookkeeping and other accounting tasks in business. Those qualifications include the ability to process financial information and follow bookkeeping procedures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; to demonstrate the ability to maintain and utilize computerized accounting programs; and to demonstrate the ability to prepare payroll, and to evaluate accounting and business practices from ethical, legal, and regulatory perspectives.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Council on Occupational Education

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

    School Overview

    There were 175 students enrolled in Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School when it first opened in 1961. Then a second educational facility, the Albany Area Vocational-Technical School was also established, and by 1972 these two schools merged. Recognizing a further need for adult education programs in the state of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia incorporated the newly merged technical schools, along with adult education programs, to establish the Albany Technical Institute. More importantly, the technical school earned the right to award Associate’s degrees in 2000, thereby adopting a new name, Albany Technical College. Today, the college serves full-time and part-time students, equipping students with degrees and skills for the workplace, supporting basic education programs, and furthering knowledge through workforce trainings and continuing education.

    Students can choose from associate's degree programs, diplomas and certificate programs. Additionally, Albany Technical College supports distance learning, offering online Associate’s degrees, and diploma and technical certificate programs. Albany Technical College also offers the flexibility of more than ten online technical certificate programs. All programs are delivered completely online, and technical certificates take the average student one to three semesters to complete.


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