Small businesses, multinational corporations, and government agencies all rely on accounting professionals to handle business transactions and maintain financial records. The Cisco College Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Accounting provides a solid foundation and pathway to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and become a Certified Public Accountant.
What Can This Program Do For You
Potential Career Paths
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Billing Clerk
- Budget Analyst
- Cost Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Examiner
- Inventory Specialist
- Payroll Clerk
- Securities Clerk
- Tax Accountant
- Tax Preparer
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ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting as prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as applied to transactions and events that affect business organizations. Students will examine the procedure and systems to accumulate, analyze, measure, and record financial transactions. Students will use recorded financial information to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity to communicate the business entity’s results of operations and financial position to users of financial information who are external to the company. Students will study the nature of assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity while learning to use reported financial information for purposes of making decisions about the company. Students will be exposed to International Financial reporting Standards (IFRS).
Credit: 3 semester hours
Prerequisite: Meet TSI college-readiness standard for Mathematics; or equivalent. Recommended co-requisite: MATH 1324\
ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of managerial accounting appropriate for all organizations. Students will study information from the entity’s accounting system relevant to decisions made by internal managers, as distinguished from information relevant to users who are external to the company. The emphasis is on the identification and assignment of product costs, operational budgeting and planning, cost control, and management decision making. Topics include product costing methodologies, cost behavior, operational and capital budgeting, and performance evaluation.
Credit: 3 semester hours Prerequisite: ACCT 2301
Prerequisite: ACNT 1303
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Accreditation for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) offers four credentials and a certificate, as well as information on choosing a tax preparer with nationally recognized credentials, preparing for the Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) and Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) exams and Continuing Professional Education requirements to maintain credentials.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has information about careers in certified public accounting and CPA standards and examinations.
AICPA Student Affiliate Membership program is designed to help you from the earliest stages of your college career through passing the CPA exam and conducting a job search.
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) is the bookkeeping profession’s national association, whose mission is to achieve recognition of bookkeepers as accounting professionals; keep bookkeepers up to date on changes in bookkeeping, accounting and tax; answer bookkeepers’ everyday bookkeeping and accounting questions; and certify bookkeepers who meet high national standards. Founded in 1987, AIPB also provides information on obtaining the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation.
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) serves government accountability professionals with professional development and certification opportunities and support of standards and research to advance government accountability.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) provides information on accredited business and accounting programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), serving governance professionals, has information on careers in information systems auditing and exams for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers information on careers in internal auditing and obtaining the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) designations. IIA will offer those exams using computer-based testing beginning in February 2008.
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) promotes the business-building role of management accountants and finance professionals working inside organizations and offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a prestigious global certification.
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) provides information on CPA licensure requirements by state.
The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) is Texas' professional association for CPAs. Founded in 1915, TSCPA has more than 28,000 members in public practice, business and industry, government and education, and offers student memberships.
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has the responsibility and authority to regulate the practice of public accountancy in Texas through qualifications, licensing and enforcement and has information on the CPA exam and licensing renewal.
The thought of returning to college began as a daunting venture, but with the help of smaller class sizes and easy access to helpful professors, my educational experience at Cisco College was convenient, comfortable, and most importantly, worthwhile. Furthermore, the fact that Cisco College accomplished said comfortability without compromising its wide spectrum of core and elective class offerings allowed me to obtain an education tailored to my own interests.
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