This associate's degree in Accounting prepares students for a variety of entry-level accounting positions in all types of business environments including public accounting, service businesses, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies. The major also serves to upgrade the skills of those now employed in this field.
This major is also available online.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Accounting and Business programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Public/private accounting business, management consulting, and technology services, such as designing accounting systems, payroll, bookkeeping, and other general accounting services. Industry accounting, including inventory analysis, costing products, budgeting, general accounting (payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statement preparation, general ledger), financial analysis, and tax return preparation. Also, not-for-profit accounting, as well as government and non-government accounting.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $39,240 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $60,670.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services||96,440||$19.85||$41,290|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||80,810||$20.11||$41,830|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||63,340||$20.05||$41,700|
|Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only)||45,060||$19.47||$40,500|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Clubs & Activities
Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ)
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student-managed Investment Fund
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Accounting Advisory Committee
- 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, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Mr. Robert L Emert, II, CPA, President/CEO, Emert & Associates, P.C.
- Ms. Yvette M Graver, CPA, Director of Finance, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Mr. Kevin Kilgus, '88, Controller, CMC Joist & Deck
- Ms. Lori A Kriner, Accounting Manager, Families United Network, Inc.
- Ms. Jaime L Kuntz, CPA, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
- Ms. Brenda Nichols, Chief Financial Officer, Larson Design Group, Inc.
- Ms. Lea Ann S Plessinger, CPA LLC, Managing Member, CPA, LLC, Self Employed
- Ms. Susan Powell, '85, Accountant
- Mr. Peter Stockett, CFP, '92, CFP Registered Representative, 18th Street Financial Services, LLP
- Ms. Andrea Turner, Plant Controller, West Pharmaceutical Services
- Ms. Dorothy White, Tax Collector, Loyalsock Township Tax Office
- Mr. Richard Wienecke
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.