Program Overview

The Accounting Certificate offered by Niagara County Community College is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program can lead to an Associate’s degree option, if a student is interested in pursuing a higher degree. The objective of the Accounting Certificate program is to help students acquire the basic skills and knowledge related to Accounting that will help them gain entry-level positions in accounting environments. This program emphasizes skills and knowledge such as journalizing, posting to a ledger, preparing a trial balance, reconciling a bank statement, calculating interest on notes, and completing a payroll. Students can pursue the certificate in a part time or full time option. There is a strict sequencing of courses, so a student who is pursuing this program part time may take up to 4 semesters to attain this certificate. However, a student pursuing this certificate in a full time manner can acquire it in only two semesters.

By the end of this program a student should have acquire basic competencies related to the field of accounting. A students should know how to record business transactions using double-entry accounting both manually and on a computer as well as be able to convey knowledge of the difference between a service business, a merchandise business, and a manufacturing business when recording transactions. Graduates of this program should know how to compare the difference between a sole proprietorship and a corporation when recording business transactions and post from journal ledgers both manually and via computer. Student should be able to complete the accounting cycle, define basic accounting terms and concepts, and read and analyze the financial statements of a business.

This program requires students to take and complete 30 credit hours of courses in order to graduate. The required courses include: Writing I, Mathematics with Business Applications, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Computerized Accounting. Students then choose Accounting and Business electives that best fit their career or educational goals. Students take 3 credit hours of Office Technology courses, which may include Introduction to Word Processing or Introduction to Spreadsheets. Students are required to take 12 credit hours in courses including, but not limited to: Organization and Management, Business Law I, Business Communications, Introduction to Database, Macroeconomics, Keyboarding and Word Processing Applications, and Introduction to Computer Systems.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Niagara County Community College was founded in 1962 and was given its name in honor of the County of Niagara, its local sponsor. Niagara County Community College provides associate's degrees and certificates and is classified as a public, two-year institution.

    Students have a variety of academic options at Niagara County Community College, including associate's degrees and certificates. The represented academic divisions include:

    • Arts, Media, & Technology
    • Business and Hospitality
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Science, Health, and Mathematics

    Niagara County Community College offers online options for students, including fully online degree and certificate programs. 


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