Associate Degree in Accounting

Gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to prepare yourself for a career in the field of accounting with our online degree program.

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (60-65 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

Accountants are in demand in every industry. With an Associate degree in accounting, you’ll be able to prepare financial statements, record business transactions, and track financial performance. Entry-level jobs in accounting include:

  • Accounting clerk
  • Auditor, accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • Claims clerk
  • Credit clerk
  • Full-charge bookkeeper
  • Accounting intern

Classes You’ll Take

The Accounting Associate degree program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in accounting, communications, mathematics, computer technology, and critical thinking. You can choose to take these classes on a part-time or full-time schedule. Start dates and class times are flexible, so you’ll be able to take classes that fit your schedule.

  • What Will I Learn?
    • Reporting for payroll, sales and personal property. (ACC105, ACC115)
    • Microcomputer accounting systems, including the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. (ACC105, ACC115)
    • Fundamental principles and practices of accounting including interpretation of general purpose financial statements. (ACC111, ACC112)
    • Basic rules of financial accounting and applying them to business problems. (ACC111, ACC112)
    • Procedural details for the accumulation of information and generation of reports for internal and external users. (ACC111, ACC112)
    • Use of accounting procedures for individuals, partnerships, and corporate tax structures. (ACC221 or ACC121)
    • Uses of accounting information for internal and external purposes with emphasis on analysis for use by management. (ACC212)
    • Computer spreadsheets for solving business problems using Microsoft Excel. (CIS114DE)
    • Computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques. (CIS105)
    • Business principles, marketing, labor relations, and business risk. (GBS151)
    • Legal theories, ethical issues, and the regulatory climate. (GBS205)
    • Internal and external business communications, verbal and nonverbal. (GBS233)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    With our full-time schedule, it will only take four semesters for you to earn your Associates degree.

    SEMESTER 1 (15 CREDITS)

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    GBS151 (3): Introduction to Business

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ACC111 (3): Accounting Principles I


    SEMESTER 2 (15 CREDITS)

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    ECN211 (3): Macroeconomic Principles

    ACC112 (3): Accounting Principles II

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 3 (15 CREDITS)

    ACC212 (3): Managerial Accounting

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication

    ACC221 (3): Tax Accounting, or

    ACC121 (3): Income Tax Preparation

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics


    SEMESTER 4 (13 CREDITS)

    ACC115 (3): Computerized Accounting

    ACC105 (3): Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes

    GBS205 (3): Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business

    CHM130 (3): Fundamental Chemistry

    CHM130LL (1): Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory

  • Part-Time Schedule

    Our part-time schedule breaks the accounting curriculum down into eight semesters.

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    GBS151 (3): Introduction to Business


    SEMESTER 2 (6 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ACC111 (3): Accounting Principles I


    SEMESTER 3 (9 CREDITS)

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    MHL153 (3): Rock Music and Culture

    ECN211 (3): Macroeconomic Principles


    SEMESTER 4 (6 CREDITS)

    ACC112 (3): Accounting Principles II

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication


    SEMESTER 5 (9 CREDITS)

    ACC212 (3): Managerial Accounting

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication


    SEMESTER 6 (6 CREDITS)

    ACC221 (3): Tax Accounting

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics


    SEMESTER 7 (6 CREDITS)

    ACC115 (3): Computerized Accounting

    ACC105 (3): Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes


    SEMESTER 8 (7 CREDITS)

    GBS205 (3): Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business

    CHM130 (3): Fundamental Chemistry

    CHM130LL (1): Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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