The Associate Degree in Accounting offered by Penn Foster College consists of four semesters. All applicants are required to complete basic skill exams in reading and math, determining which level is appropriate for them to begin.
Students interested in fulfilling an Associate Degree in Accounting start off by receiving an introduction to distance learning. The students will set up a budget by researching, planning, and learning how to maintain a business. Students should become efficient in utilizing information found at libraries and on the Web. In Introduction to Business, students study business in a global environment. By learning how to start and grow a business, students can also be aware of other aspects such as marketing, human resources, technology, and finance.
Semester two contains information in Computer Applications, and Principles of Management, as well as others. During these courses students learn capital investment analysis, product pricing, applications in word processing, effective personal communication skills, and macroeconomics. Throughout the third semester students are taught lease transactions, computing earnings per share, financial planning, and working capital management. Students are able to finish their accounting degree by taking courses in Business Statistics, and Computer Applications in Accounting, and business and social science electives.
Graduates of Penn Foster College’s Accounting program should be ready to begin their career path working for financial institutions, government, or business.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.