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Accounting Information Certificate Program

Certificate -  Business Administration Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Principles of Accounting I ACC101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Accounting II ACC102 3 ACC101
Accounting Information Systems ACC105 3 ACC101; ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Intermediate Accounting I ACC201 3 ACC102
Applications/Concepts or Introduction to MS Office CIT110 or CIT133 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Decision Support Using MS Excel CIT234 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097 or MAT098 or placement
Intermediate Accounting II ACC202 3 ACC201
Cost Accounting ACC207 3 ACC102
Personal Income Tax ACC203 3 ACC102
Financial Management FIN210 3 ACC102
Database Design with MS Access CIT128 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Total Credits 27
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Business Administration

Degree Type: Certificate

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Due to the prerequisite requirements, it is not possible to complete this certificate program in one year. The program is intended to be followed on a part-time basis over two years.

Program Overview

This program prepares students for entry-level training positions in firms where accounting departments may be specialized or all-inclusive (examples: accounts payable, accounts receivable, or inventory control). In addition, the program certifies those who are currently performing bookkeeper functions at their present employment. The certification enhances students’ opportunities for growth. The program prepares graduates with skills directly transferable to the workplace through a combination of technical accounting training and financial accounting. The certificate program prepares students who feel that a degree program is not an appropriate choice.

Career Outlook

This program qualifies graduates for entry-level accounting, billing, or advanced bookkeeping positions. Students may also transfer many of these courses into the following degrees: Associate in Science Degree: Business Administration Accounting option or Business Administration Management option.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe and demonstrate an understanding of cash vs. accrual accounting.
  • Compare and contrast different concepts of depreciation of property, plant and equipment assets.
  • Explain in detail the nature of receivables, payables and inventory.
  • Analyze and evaluate revenues, expenses cash flows, and behavior of cost.
  • Assess and analyze integrated accounting systems, setup, and applications.
  • Use spreadsheet models addressing a range of practical and business applications.
  • Record transactions and input data from initial investment in the business cycle, ending entries that are necessary to ready the books for period-ending financial statements.
  • Prepare and evaluate financial statements and process and maintain computerized records, accounts, and information.