Accounting

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

About this program

At Penn College, preparing graduates for the future is the end game. There are no exceptions. That’s why our curriculum considers the career field as it stands today and how it will evolve tomorrow. Coursework lays a solid foundation in business principles and covers how to set up and secure accounting systems, just like you’ll see in the real world. It also explores forensic accounting, information security, and threat assessment.

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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

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Average Class Size

60+

Student Organizations

Explore Forensic Accounting

Careers

  • Public accounting
  • Tax advice & tax preparation
  • General accounting services
  • Inventory analysts
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACC113)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting (ACC123)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111) or
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECO112)
  • Business Computer Applications Using Spreadsheet (MIS211)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC341)
  • Income Taxation for Individuals (ACC332)
  • Business Law I (MGT301)
  • Directed Business Elective (BAE)
  • Computerized Accounting (ACC201)
  • Accounting Information Systems (ACC285)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC346)
  • Payroll, State & Local Taxation (ACC210)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective (SCI)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Business Mathematics (MTH113)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
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Your Class in 60 Seconds

Income Taxation for Individuals

Pursue an Accounting degree at Penn College and you'll take ACC332 Income Taxation for Individuals. In this class, you'll learn tax prep skills and put them to work helping community members submit tax returns through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program--a government-sponsored initiative. 

Financial Markets Investment Lab
Facilities

Financial Markets Investment Lab

Study the ins and outs of QuickBooks. Investigate fraud and risk behavior with SAS software, and explore cyber security in our collaborative learning lab.

Student Experience

"I chose to go to Penn College for accounting, because I just loved how it felt. It felt like a family when I got here. Everyone was so helpful."

Brittany Weiskopff

Accounting Student

Meet Brittany

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Feb 24

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Apr 7

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, April 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Woodlands Bank
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student-Managed Investment Fund

Student-Managed Investment Fund

Using real funds, gain an appreciation of the issues and pressures that come with investing.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 60+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News
02.07.2024

Penn College business faculty member joins innovation summit

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member Chip D. Baumgardner recently attended an Innovation Engineering Summit at Eureka! Ranch, an innovation think tank and training company. Baumgardner, an associate professor of business administration/management, was among 30 guests invited to the summit.

01.08.2024

Graduating business student earns American FFA degree

When Blaine L. Walizer crossed the stage at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dec. 16 commencement ceremony, it marked the second degree he earned in a matter of weeks. From Penn College, the Beech Creek resident completed an associate degree in business management. In early November, he accepted the American FFA Degree at the Future Farmers of America National Convention.

10.20.2023

Students pitch business plans in scholarship quest

On Wednesday, Penn College hosted Step 2 of the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy’s “Dream Learn Pitch” competition for K-12 students. “The goal today is we’re helping all the students develop their business plan,” said Eric Attinger, chief communications officer for Penn CFL.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Each year, IRS-certified accounting and business students participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is a free service designed to offer tax assistance to low income individuals and families, while also giving students a chance to work with the community.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Prospective students should be aware that certification/licensure requirements in this profession may vary by state. The Accounting program can prepare students to sit for several certification and/or licensure exams within the state of Pennsylvania (e.g., CPA, CMA, CPB, among others). The program office can help you determine eligibility within the State of Pennsylvania. Although most states have passed “mobility” laws, we have not determined if graduates of our program will be eligible for licensure in other states; therefore, students intending to seek employment in states other than Pennsylvania are also asked to contact the program office so that we can help you determine whether our program meets the requirements of the state where you intend to work.

  • Mr. Jon P Conklin, CPA, President & CEO, Woodlands Bank
  • Mr. David W Dawes, Director of Supply Chain, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. William E Ebersole, JD, CPA, CFE, GISF, Security Compliance/Emergency Manager, Disney Cruise Line
  • Mr. Robert L Emert, II, CPA, President/CEO, Emert & Associates, P.C.
  • Mr. Mickey C Locey, '91, President/Co-founder, mXtr Automation
  • Ms. Brenda Nichols, Chief Financial Officer, Larson Design Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Samuel Ryder, Vice President-Business Banking, First National Bank
  • Mr. Gabe Sinicropi, Jr., Vice President Marketing & Public Relations, Williamsport Crosscutters
  • Mr. Ray Thompson, President, Supply Source Inc.
  • Ms. Dorothy White, Tax Collector, Loyalsock Township Tax Office