Program Overview

Richland College currently offers an Accounting Clerk Certificate (level 1), a program designed for students who wish to gain entry-level accounting positions.  Besides giving the student knowledge of basic accounting principles, courses also emphasize key skills needed in the field, as well as computer skills.

The certificate requires a minimum of 16 credit hours and can be completed in one semester.  Classes include Principles of Accounting, Computerized Accounting, Computer Applications, and basic computer skills such as spreadsheets and word processing.  Students also have the option of choosing a Business/Technical Elective. 

In certain classes (such as computer courses) if a student demonstrates proficiency and previous training, the student may substitute another class from the Electives list.  Courses in this program are also applicable to the Accounting Assistant Certificate as well as the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Accounting.  Students in the program are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative standards.

Accountants assemble, analyze, process, and communicate important information about financial operations using the “language of business.” Those with accounting degrees may search for entry-level accounting positions in several types of companies and institutions such as accounting or manufacturing firms, small businesses, banks, schools, hospitals, and various governmental agencies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Richland College is a public, two-year community college located in Dallas, Texas. Richland is a part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The school was founded in 1972 and is currently the largest school in the DCCCD. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one- or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for students who want to advance in their current careers.

    RC offers associate's degrees and career development certificates from the following departments:

    • Business
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
    • Mathematics, Science and Health Professions
    • Social Sciences
    • World Languages, Cultures and Communications

    RC offers a variety of day, evening, weekend, and online courses leading to over 100 degrees.


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