accounting student

Accounting connects to virtually every aspect of business operations by providing the key financial information to make informed decisions. As an accounting clerk or bookkeeper you will be responsible for maintaining accounting records of a business, analyze financial records, manage budgets, or may be responsible for specific parts of the records such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll.

PCC’s accounting programs are designed to develop your skills in areas such as: accounting, payroll, computerized accounting application, law, tax, business math, microcomputer applications, financial management, communication, organization, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Degrees and Certificates

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree in Business can be completed almost entirely online. Most, but not all of the courses for the other degrees and certificates can be completed online too.

Post-baccalaureate Certificate

For students with a bachelor degree in other disciplines who are seeking CPA certification, a university post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting is an efficient option. There are two post-baccalaureate programs in the Portland-Metro area and all the prerequisites for these programs can be taken at PCC. Please see one of our business advisors for more information.

In this program you can earn the following:

AAS Accounting Degree:
Prepares students for entry into the accounting field as bookkeepers, accounting clerks, or accounting assistants.
Accounting Clerk Certificate:
Prepares students for entry-level positions in bookkeeping.
Accelerated Accounting Certificate:
Prepares students for entry-level positions such as accounts receivable and payable clerks for service, merchandising, manufacturing and professional offices.
Entry-Level Accounting Clerk Certificate:
Career Pathways: skills gained in this program can lead to a variety of jobs that support the accounting and finance functions within an organization.
Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree
Allows students to complete all their prerequisites and general education requirements in preparation for enrollment in public Oregon universities’ business schools. This pathway is recommended for most students pursuing a bachelor degree in accounting or CPA certification. For students who speak a second language, please see a business advisor for information on the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, which may be a better option for some students. For students with a bachelor degree in other disciplines please see post-baccalaureate options discussed below.

See the Catalog for information regarding program requirements.

What's Next?

  1. Meet with an Advisor. (Formal admission into the program is not required.)
  2. Apply for admission to PCC.

Course of Study

Employment Prospects

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