The associate degree program in Accounting concentrates on providing a foundation in preparation for paraprofessional accounting careers and future advancement into supervisory positions. The program addresses the fundamentals of accounting education: namely, sound technical competence, verbal and written communication skills, and decision-making abilities. Current technology has been integrated to provide students with both the theory and practical skills necessary to meet the demands of today's business environment. Check with the counseling department for 2 + 2 transfer opportunities, university partner programs and continuing education hours for the certified professional.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at

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Related Training and Credentials

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English Placement Test. 
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or co-enrollment in MATH-0930 Essential Skills for Algebraic & Quantitative Reasoning and MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning; or qualified Math placement.

Other Information

  • Non-degree students may enroll for individual courses, providing they meet the course-specific prerequisites.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate financial and related information, both verbally and in writing, relative to their skill level with internal and external constituents, both inside and outside the field.
  2. Work collaboratively, professionally, ethically, and with fiduciary responsibility to pursue the corporate objectives in a manner that is within the appropriate professional code of conduct.
  3. Accurately record and apply fundamental accounting processes to properly record routine and nonroutine business transactions culminating with a complete set of financial statements.
  4. Utilize office suite products, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation, and enterprise-wide technology along with proprietary accounting software to record daily accounting tasks, analyze business results, forecast future activity levels and provide proforma projections of financial results and financial position.
  5. Recognize when inaccuracies or other issues arise, including weaknesses in internal controls and ethical lapses that impact presentation of business results and operating activities, research alternatives, and proactively suggest solutions.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ACCT-1311 Financial Accounting 3
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning (or higher Approved Ohio Transfer 26 Mathematics course) 1, 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ACCT-1341 Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT-1520 QuickBooks Immersion 2
ACCT-1551 Excel for Accountants 2
ECON-2000 Principles of Microeconomics 3
PHIL-1000 Critical Thinking 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
ACCT-1041 Individual Taxation 4
BADM-2151 Business Law 3
ECON-2010 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
Select one of the following: 1-4
Accounting Elective 3
Finance Elective
 Credit Hours14-17
Fourth Semester
ACCT-2310 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACCT-2xxxAccounting 2000 level Elective 4
ACCT-2XXXAccounting 2000 Level Elective 4
FIN-2100 Financial Management 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60-63

Recommend MATH-1470 Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I or higher for students planning to transfer to a 4 year college.


MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics taken prior to Fall 2024 will be accepted to meet the mathematics requirement for this program.


ACCT-1011 Business Math Applications and ACCT-1020 Applied Accounting cannot be used to fulfill elective requirements.


Recommended Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Please check with counseling for transferability.

ACCT-2041Business Taxation4
ACCT-2320Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT-2340Cost Accounting4
ACCT-2500Governmental/Non-Profit Accounting4
ACCT-2830Cooperative Field Experience1-3
ACCT-28xxAccounting Special Topics2-4
FIN-1061Personal Finance3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.