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Online Accounting classes curriculum

Designed to provide a starting point for career growth or further study, our online Accounting classes curriculum gives an overview of basic accounting practices, spreadsheet fundamentals, and the principles of finance. Courses are developed with the input of professionals in the field, in order to ensure you receive the real-world knowledge that will help you succeed.

Required courses

A01 - Introduction to Accounting  

This course reviews the fundamentals of double-entry bookkeeping and the debit/credit method of recording transactions. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Emphasis is placed on service concerns operating as sole proprietorships.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite for BU330

A02 - Principles of Accounting I  

Basic principles of financial accounting are studied as a foundation for more advanced study and vocational skill. Areas of emphasis include cash, payroll, and accounting for merchandizing businesses.
Credit Hours: 3

A03 - Principles of Accounting II  

A continuation of the study of basic financial accounting principles as a foundation for more advanced study and vocational skill. Areas of emphasis include acquisition, depreciation, and disposal of long term assets, receivables and payables, inventory, partnerships, corporations, long-term liabilities, the statement of cash flows, financial statement analysis, and manufacturing accounting.
Credit Hours: 3

Course electives

A04 - Intermediate Accounting I  

This is a study of intermediate accounting principles and practices used in financial reporting. A review of financial statements and financial statement analysis is included, as is an exploration of the business valuation process. The complexities in accounts receivable, inventories, long-lived assets and depreciation are also accounted for.
Credit Hours: 3

A05 - Accounting Spreadsheet Fundamentals  

This course presents the use of an electronic spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), computer software that simulates a paper spreadsheet, also called a worksheet, in which columns of numbers are plugged into arithmetic formulas for recording business transactions, analyzing financial data, and preparing financial reports.
Credit Hours: 3

A06 - Intermediate Accounting II  

A continuation of Intermediate Accounting I, this course places special emphasis on liabilities, bonds, derivatives, leases, income taxes, pensions, postretirement benefits, treasury stock, stock dividends, earnings per share, investments in equity securities, consolidations, the statement of cash flows, inflation, and international financial reporting.
Credit Hours: 3

C09 - Principles of Finance  

This course provides a focused look at the management of capital in a business firm. Emphasis is placed on policies and actions relating to asset structure, risk, income, and cash flows. Operating and financial analysis are also explored.
Credit Hours: 3

Boost your career prospects in accounting

Our single-semester online Accounting certificate could be your first step toward a rewarding career as an accountant. To help you get there, our exclusive Career Tools and The Ashworth College Central Network are available to you for interview coaching, resume assistance, and other professional development resources while you're a student and after you graduate, too.

Counting down to career growth

The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is more than just a semester toward the next degree level, it's your launch pad for career growth. Make every lesson count by taking advantage of the career services provided by the Ashworth College Central Network. From the moment you enroll, you gain access to a complete toolkit of resume and letter templates so you can pitch your new job skills before your coursework is done. After you graduate, feel free to revisit your account any time. Learn more on the Career Services page.

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