Frederick Community College's accounting career programs prepare you for immediate entry level employment in the accounting field and qualify you for career advancement. Accounting skills are in high demand, portable from one type of business to another, and career growth potential is excellent.
Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements.
FCC offers several options to prepare you for, and enhance your career potential in the accounting field. The options can be taken in steps that allow you to increase your skills at each level. Coursework and hands-on classroom experience focus on computerized accounting (QuickBooks and Peachtree), spreadsheet applications (Excel), preparation and analysis of financial statements and reports, reconciliation of bank and general ledger accounts, financial and managerial accounting concepts, and payroll applications.
- Step 1 - Letter of Recognition - 3 classes - 9 college credits
This letter of recognition provides students with basic accounting and computer skills including recording transactions, preparing financial statements and using a computerized accounting system.
- Step 2 - Computerized Accounting Certificate - 7 classes - 21 college credits
This program can provide you with the skills to gain entry into the accounting field in as little as a year. In addition, all classes may be applied to the Business Accounting Certificate or A.A.S. Degree in Accounting.
- Step 3 - Business Accounting Certificate- 12 classes (only 5 additional classes)- 38 college credits
By taking additional classes, you can increase your accounting skills to further enhance prospects for career advancement. All classes may be applied to the A.A.S. Degree in Accounting.
- Step 4 - Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Accounting- 20 classes (only 8 additional classes beyond step 2)- 60/64 college credits
Our A.A.S. degree program will provide you with a thorough understanding of accounting theory and practice, computer applications skills, and the communications and general education skills expected of a professional. All classes taken in the Computerized Accounting and Business Accounting Certificate programs count as credit toward the A.A.S. Degree program in Accounting.
- Step 5 - Transfer to UMUC - Bachelor of Science in Accounting
The A.A.S. degree program is for students who want to immediately enter the job market. If you plan to complete your bachelor's degree in accounting, FCC has an articulation agreement with the University of Maryland University College. Students interested in this transfer program should contact the FCC program manager for information concerning specific FCC courses that should be taken to assure maximum transfer credit.
On The Job
- You will use computerized accounting software and spreadsheet applications to prepare financial statements and reports, and record business transactions.
- You will prepare financial analyses, develop and analyze budgets, and work with accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll.
- Graduates work as analysts, office managers, bookkeepers, and payroll/accounting/billing coordinators for businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Skills You Will Learn
- Knowledge and application of financial, managerial, cost, and payroll accounting practices and principles.
- Computer applications skills, with emphasis on accounting software and spreadsheets (QuickBooks, Peachtree and Excel).
- Ability to think analytically, be detail oriented/accurate, and solve problems.
- Verbal and written communications skills.
Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
Employment of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks is projected to grow by 10 percent during the 2008-2018 decade, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. This occupation is one of the largest growth occupations in the economy, with about 212,400 new jobs expected over the projections decade*.
FCC's Transfer Articulation Agreement with University of Maryland University College (UMUC) allows FCC A.A.S. degree graduates to transfer to a Bachelor's degree program in Accounting, which provides greater career and salary growth potential in the accounting field as an accountant or auditor.
*Source - US Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.
FCC provides a tuition payment plan for students who wish to make several payments. Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students.
Program manager Mike Martin and our full-time faculty are all CPAs with real world accounting experience in addition to teaching expertise. All take a personal interest in helping you achieve your career goals. Expect small class sizes and extensive hands-on experience. Contact Mike Martin at 301.846.2543.