Accounting AAS Guidesheet Accounting Certificates Guidesheet

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the science of collecting, organizing, reporting, and communicating financial information to aid in making business decisions. There are a variety of career paths available in the field of accounting including bookkeeping, payroll, accounting clerk, accountant, and tax preparer. Jobs are available in manufacturing, public, as well as government sectors. Students graduating from the accounting program will have a working knowledge of financial, managerial, and tax accounting as well as the ability to use QuickBooks and prepare payroll.

Program Options

Students can pursue a variety of options including:

  • A basic as well as an Advanced Accounting Certificate which can be completed in as little as 1 ½ years.
  • AAS in Accounting Degree containing a comprehensive set of courses including the ability to obtain both a Certified Bookkeeper designation (CB) as well as a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC).
  • For students that desire to continue their education we have a partnership in place with Franklin University utilizing a 3 + 1 program (three years at IVCC with completion of the final year online through Franklin University resulting in a Bachelor’s Degree).
  • Courses are offered both online as well as face-to-face.

With the above options, students completing this program are prepared to directly enter the workforce.

Features of the Program

As part of the learning experience, instructors in the program stress hands on learning in addition to traditional classroom instruction.  Students will experience working in teams, applying knowledge to real-world workplace scenarios, and working with Excel and other software programs.


IVCC tuition is just one-third to one-fourth the cost of state universities and far below most private institutions. An approximation of tuition and fees and cost comparison can be found on the IVCC website at and at
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the IVCC Foundation at and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify at

Career Options

Find out more about Accounting careers at

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Tax Preparer 

Program Coordinators



Amber Fox

Accounting Program Coordinator
Office: A-325
(815) 224-0348