Accounting

Learn strong accounting, business, and technical skills to prepare to advance your career, enter the workforce, or further your education.

2 Year Degree

Associate in Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours

1 Year Certificate

Certificate in Applied Science • 30 Credit Hours

Associate Degree Overview

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting program provides the student with strong accounting, business, and technical skills, and prepares her or him to enter the workforce at the accounting technician level. The broad-based technical education curriculum includes instruction and practical application of a variety of accounting concepts and practices and prepares graduates for employment or promotion in accounting firms, private industry, or government. Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for related Skill Set Certifications. Students should contact their academic program advisor or refer to the Skill Set section in the catalog for additional information.

Program Implementation: Full-time day. (Students attending part-time should see advisor for recommended course sequencing.) 

Program Outcomes

Successful graduates of the Accounting A.A.S. program will be able to:

  • Prepare, record, and analyze financial statements and other reporting documents according to generally accepted accounting principles
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing accounting software programs
  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate financial data
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer applications
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of business organization and procedures
  • Identify and apply elements of contract, tort, agency, property law, partnerships, and corporations
  • Develop scientific knowledge and mathematical analytical skills and techniques
  • Demonstrate effective communication and computational skills
  • Demonstrate global awareness and knowledge of human diversity

Potential Careers

The program qualifies graduates for many positions, including entry-level jobs such as:

  • accounting clerk
  • accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk
  • payroll clerk
  • bookkeeper
  • income tax preparer

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Accounting, A.A.S. program, must first complete ACC 120 and ACC 121 with a grade of “C” or higher. Students who have not yet completed ACC 120 and ACC 121 should initially major in the Accounting Certificate Program.

Certificate Overview

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for related Skill Set Certifications. Students should contact their academic program advisor or refer to the Skill Set section in the catalog for additional information. Upon successful completion of the Accounting certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • Prepare, record, and analyze financial statements and other reporting documents according to generally accepted accounting principles
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing accounting software programs
  • Analyze financial data
  • Demonstrate effective communication and computational skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer applications
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of business organization and procedures

Potential Careers

The program qualifies graduates for many positions, including entry-level jobs such as

  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Auditing Clerk

Program Implementation

Full-time day. (Students attending part-time should see advisor for recommended course sequencing.)

Estimate Your Costs

Eastern is one of the most affordable colleges in the United States!

Rates are for 2020-2021 based on two full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. Rates are subject to change and do not include books, academic supplies, or student fees.

Tuition Rates Eastern WV 2-Year Colleges WV 4-Year Colleges
West Virginia Residents $3,768 $4,776 $12,410
Non-Residents $8,520 $10,152 $26,096

The Accounting Program at Eastern is eligible for West Virginia Invests.

Admissions Requirements

Eastern adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after high school graduation. Students must not hold a degree from an accredited institution nor be enrolled simultaneously in another degree program. Students interested in the Board of Governors A.A.S. program must meet with the Dean of Student Access and Success to discuss admission into the program.