The Small Business Accounting certificate program will teach you how to compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records for a small business. You’ll become familiar with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), accounting software, payroll accounting procedures, and income tax preparation.
This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Accounting and Finance programs.
This certificate is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.
Learn more about this program’s student outcome data.
Skills You’ll Learn
The Small Business Accounting program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:
- Analyzing, classifying, and recording transactions for profit and nonprofit organizations
- Mastery of adjusting entries, correction of accounting errors, payroll, inventory, depreciation, internal controls, and fraud prevention
- Maintaining accurate financial records
There are many employment opportunities for Small Business Accounting graduates, including:
- Accounting assistant
- Accounts payable/receivable clerk
18 Credit Hours
Courses in this program
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This course introduces business decision-making using accounting information systems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision-making and address ethical considerations.
This course provides an overview of federal income taxes for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Topics include tax law, electronic, research and methodologies and the use technology for the preparation of individual and business tax returns. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze basic tax scenarios, research applicable tax laws, and complete federal tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and corporations.
This course introduces microcomputer applications related to accounting systems. Topics include general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts, payable, inventory, payroll, and correcting, adjusting, and closing entries. Upon completion, students should be able to use a computer accounting package to accurately solve accounting problems.
This course introduces the student to the legal and ethical framework of business. Contracts, negotiable instruments, the law of sales, torts, crimes, constitutional law, the Uniform Commercial Code, and the court systems are examined. Upon completion, the student should be able to identify legal and ethical issues that arise in business decisions and the laws that apply to them.
This course provides an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include self-analysis of entrepreneurship readiness, the role of entrepreneur in economic development, legal problems, organizational structure, sources of financing, budgeting, and cash flow. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and issues faced by entrepreneurs.
This course introduces computer concepts including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.