Accounting Program

This program provides preparation for entry-level employment as mid-level accountants in manufacturing, retail and service businesses as well as federal, state, and local governmental offices. It is intended for both new students in accounting and for those already employed in accounting. This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to page 31 for more information.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Accounting Program at South Suburban College is to deliver a comprehensive education to students to prepare for entry-level positions in the field of accounting and provide promotional opportunities for those already working in the field. Students are also prepared for program specific certifications.

Our vision is to provide students with a clear understanding of the accounting concepts, the accounting cycle, financial statements, and methods to analyze accounting information for effective business decision-making. Student will be better prepared to enter into a four year university or increase their job opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Through quality instruction from faculty and input from the Advisory Board Committee, the following goals have been established for the Accounting Program:

  • complete the various steps of the accounting cycle and explain the purpose of each step.
  • determine the values of assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity; according to generally accepted accounting principles, as well as explain when and why they are used.
  • prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements using manual and computerized systems for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses.
  • utilize planning and control principles to evaluate the performance of an organization and apply differential analysis and present value concepts needed for decision-making.
  • gain valuable on-the-job accounting experience by completing and internship within a professional office environment.

This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to the Dual Credit webpage for more information.

Students enrolled in this program who intend to transfer should contact the Transfer Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll learn to record and analyze transactions, and prepare and analyze financial statements, payroll and taxes. You’ll be introduced to specific applications of accounting, including partnership and corporate data, investments, securities and cost accounting. You’ll receive hands-on experience with the computer in the accounting process, including general ledger, accounts receivable and payable, payroll, financial statements and spreadsheet applications.The Accounting Systems-Information Management degree option provides students with a solid foundation in accounting, management information systems and management to meet the needs of today’s modern corporation.

Yes. South Suburban College’s Accounting program is structured to help you meet your goals. You can complete a short-term certificate in as little as  16 credit hours. Additional coursework will help you work toward a Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science or transfer degree.

As a graduate of South Suburban College’s two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program you will be able to gain employment in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, retail and service businesses, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. More job openings will stem from replacement needs than from job growth. Each year, numerous jobs will become available as these clerks transfer to other occupations or leave the labor work force. The large size of this occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Entry-level accounting clerks, bookkeepers, and auditing clerks with an Associate’s degree earn approximate $22,000 – $35,000.

“As an accounting student at South Suburban College, you’ll learn more and do more than you ever expected. The small class size and personalized assistance from instructors gave me the confidence and motivation to succeed.”

Chris McCabe, C.P.A.with a 1999 bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Calumet College of St. Joseph’s.

Accounting Associates Degree (ACC.AAS)

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
General Education Courses Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
BUS 105 Business Mathematics 3
ECO 201 Principles of Economics, Macro 3
PHL 102 Ethics 3
Core Courses Credits
ACC 120 Financial Accounting 4
BUS 108 Introduction to Business 3
BLW 201 Introduction to Business Law 3
BLW 202 Intermediate Business Law 3
MIS 101 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
OAT 172 Business Communication 3
Concentration Accounting Credits
ACC 121 Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 130 Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks) 3
ACC 200 Cost Accounting 3
BUS 271 Principles of Finance 3
ACC 260 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 261 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 290

BUS 137

Federal Taxes
OR
International Business
3

4

OAT 143 Excel 3
Minimum for Degree: 61-62
1. Keyboarding is an expected proficiency of touch typing control shown by taking OAT 100 or having had high school course(s) or demonstrating proficiency through ECEP

PLEASE NOTE: Business Elective is defined as any ACC, BUS, BLW, OAT, CIS/MIS, or ECO 202.
Keyboarding is an expected proficiency of touch typing shown by taking OAT 100 or having had high school courses or demonstrating proficiency through ECEP.

 

Accounting Systems/Information Management Associates Degree (ACC.AAS.INFOMGMT)

The modern corporation recognizes a strong interrelationship among accounting, data processing and management. The Accounting Systems-Information Management program is designed to meet the need for individuals to effectively function within a modern business environment. Graduates of this program will be prepared to perform more knowledgeably and effectively in the interrelated areas of accounting, data processing and management.

This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework. Refer to the Dual Credit webpage for more information.

Students enrolled in this program who intend to transfer should consult the Transfer Center.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

 

Cluster 1 Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ACC 120 Financial Accounting 4
BUS 108 Introduction to Business 3
MIS 101 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
GROUP IV Mathematics Elective (MTH 165 recommended) 3
OAT 100 Basic Keyboarding Skills (optional) [1] 1.5
Cluster 2 Credits
OAT 143 Excel 3
OAT 172 Business Communication 3
ACC 121 Managerial Accounting 3
MIS 205 Computer – Systems Development 3
GROUP II Humanities Elective 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Cluster 3 Credits
BLW 201 Introduction to Business Law 3
ACC 130 Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks) 3
MIS 250 Information Systems Administration 3
MIS 110 Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3
GROUP III Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3
Cluster 4 Credits
ACC 200 Cost Accounting 3
BUS 220 Principles of Management 3
BUS 227 Human Resources Administration 3
MIS 206 Field Project I 3
Business Elective (Defined as any ACC, BUS, BLW, OAT, CIS/MIS or ECO 202.) 3
Minimum for Degree: 64
1. Keyboarding is an expected proficiency of touch typing control shown by taking OAT 100 or having had high school course(s) or demonstrating proficiency through ECEP.

 

Accounting Certificate

Accounting Certificate (ACC.CERT)

Gainful Employment Information

Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Core Credits
ACC 100 Personal Income Tax 3
ACC 120 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 121 Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 130 Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks) 3
ACC 200 Cost Accounting 3
BLW 201 Introduction to Business Law 3
BUS 108 Introductions to Business 3
MIS 101 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
OAT 143 Excel 3
Elective ACC 260, ACC 290, BLW 203, BUS 220, OAT 172 3
Minimum for Certificate: 34

 

Accounting Basic Certificates

South Suburban College offers a variety of basic certificates designed to provide specialized training in specific areas. The following basic certificates are now available. For further information, contact your academic advisor or counselor.

Please note: Keyboarding is an expected proficiency of touch typing shown by taking OAT 100 or having had high school courses or demonstrating proficiency through ECEP.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

 

Accounting Paraprofessional (ACC.BASIC)
Gainful Employment Information
Credits
BUS 108

OAT 143

Introductions to Business
OR
Excel
3
ACC 120 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 121 Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 130 Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks) 3
Accounting Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 16
Tax Preparer (ACC.BASIC.TAXPREP)
Gainful Employment Information
Credits
ACC 120 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 290 Federal Taxes 3
ACC 100 Personal Income Tax 3
ACC 291 Advanced Federal and Illinois Taxes 3
Total Credit Hours 10