Certificate Major

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Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 968-8227
Curriculum Code No. 3145

This certificate program is designed to provide students with basic accounting skills and knowledge with emphasis on the use of the computer. It will prepare students who are currently employed and need to enhance their skills, as well as those who are seeking employment in the bookkeeping area.

It will qualify students for a career as a full-charge bookkeeper in a small office environment. It will also enable them to function as a payroll clerk, an accounts payable or accounts receivable clerk, or a billing clerk in a larger environment.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • prepare formal accounting entries and postings in an entity's books and records;
  • utilize accounting software that is typically found in an organization;
  • prepare and modify spreadsheets to complete the accounting cycle; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of business communication skills.

Certificate Requirements

ACCT103 Introductory Accounting* 3
ACCT105 Financial Accounting B 4
ACCT120 Payroll Records and Accounting B 3
ACCT130 Accounting Applications for the Computer B 3
ACCT280 Cooperative Education - Accounting B 3
CISC110 Introduction to Information Systems B 3
MGMT120 Business Mathematics A,B 3
OADM105 Administrative Office Procedures B 3
OADM110 Business Communication A,B 3
COMM110 Effective Speaking 3
PSYC125 Stress Management 3

Because the individual circumstances and backgrounds of students vary, all students planning to complete this certificate program must meet with their assigned academic advisor in the Accounting Area to develop a planned sequence of courses to meet their individual needs.

* Must be enrolled in sections using microcomputers

A Placement Testing Required
B Course requires prerequisite.