Accounting, Certificate of Proficiency

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

The Accounting Certificate of Proficiency degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet the changing needs required in today's job market.  The accountant’s role has changed dramatically with the dominant role of computers and the Certificate of Proficiency degree provides a strong foundation with commercial computer applications in Accounting. The Certificate of Proficiency also provides currently employed persons the opportunity to acquire an extensive accounting background and the necessary skills and proficiencies to attain employment in the accounting field.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. utilize the basic accounting terminology and the accounting cycle.
  2. classify business transactions using basic accounting concepts (manually and with the use of computer technology).
  3. record business transactions using basic accounting concepts (manually and with the use of computer technology).
  4. compute business transactions using basic accounting concepts (manually and with the use of computer technology).
  5. verify business transactions using basic accounting concepts (manually and with the use of computer technology).
  6. prepare the four basic financial statements according to GAAP (Income Statement, Equity Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flows Statement).
  7. create professional documents about the financial condition of a business entity.
  8. make financial decisions about the four basic financial statements.
  9. communicate orally useful information about the financial condition of a business entity.
  10. interpret financial information while working in teams consisting of individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  11. identify the various uses of technology as it applies to the Accounting field.
  12. demonstrate technical proficiency for an entry-level junior accountant with the use of Quickbooks software and Microsoft Excel.
  13. identify the different types of ethical issues that are encountered in a business environment.
  14. apply the Accounting code of ethical conduct that relates to business organizations.
  15. apply high ethical standards as it relates to contacts with fellow students, instructors, and employers.
  16. apply the basic principles of law with our judicial system while addressing legal dilemmas. This includes legal ethics, constitutional law, contracts, torts, intellectual property, and business crime.
  17. write responses addressing a legal dilemma using the various sources of law.
  18. distinguish between the legal and ethical responses to a business dilemma.

Program of Study

Required Courses
BUS 103Business Mathematics3
ACC 100Applied Accounting3
ACC 110Financial Accounting I4
ACC 114Managerial Accounting3
ACC 208Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 213Survey of Business Taxes3
BLW 101Business Law I3
ACC 120Computer Accounting Applications for Business3
ACC 122Computer Accounting Applications - Spreadsheets3
ACC 124Computer Accounting Applications - Databases3
ACC xxxAccounting Elective3
Business Electives
Select one of the following:3
ACC xxx
BUS xxx
FIN xxx
Total Credit Hours37
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 100 Applied Accounting3Reading Proficiency.
BUS 103 Business Mathematics3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours6
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 110 Financial Accounting I4ACC 100 or one year of high school accounting or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
BLW 101 Business Law I3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours7
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 114 Managerial Accounting3ACC 110 with grade of "C" or better or departmental approval and Reading Proficiency.
ACC 120 Computer Accounting Applications for Business3ACC 100 and/or ACC 110 and/or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
ACC 122 Computer Accounting Applications - Spreadsheets3ACC 110 or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
ACC 124 Computer Accounting Applications - Databases3 ACC 110 or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
ACC 213 Survey of Business Taxes3ACC 110 or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ACC 208 Intermediate Accounting I3ACC 114 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
Accounting Elective3 Select one course from ACC
Business Elective3 Select course from BUS, ACC, IS 116 or 151, FIN
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours37

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.