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

New major effective Fall 2018

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 on-campus.

Why choose an online degree?
Convenience
  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
Value
  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
Service
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • Online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement
Class Delivery
  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
  • No required campus visits

Program Specs

Out-of-State Resident Tuition
  • Starting fall 2017, any out-of-state student enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
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After Graduation

Career Opportunities

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 Services96,440$19.85$41,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises80,810$20.11$41,830
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)63,340$20.05$41,700
Real Estate51,790$20.41$42,450
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only)45,060$19.47$40,500

Statistics reported in May 2017

Transfer Procedures

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Clubs & Activities

Student Government Association (SGA)

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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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.

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

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