Accounting

 

It all adds up! The Accounting department at Sinclair College offers multiple programs to help you prepare for a career in the accounting field. Choosing the right one depends on your career goals, prior education and experience - we offer an associate's degree and three different certificates to meet the needs of our students and the local industry.

Our associates degree offers students the opportunity to build an understanding of accounting and business principles through courses in computerized accounting systems, cost accounting, auditing and taxation. Students who wish to further their education and pursue a bachelor's degree are encouraged to transfer to partner institutions such as Franklin University and Ohio University after graduating from Sinclair.

The Accounting department also offers certificate programs to prepare students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam and the Registered Tax Preparer Exam with the IRS.

 

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Associate of Applied Science
Accounting

Accountants prepare, analyze and verify financial reports and monitor information systems that furnish this information to management. Business executives, bankers, government leaders and investors all rely on financial statements and other reports prepared by accountants that summarize and interpret financial transactions that occur in every business. An accountant must have the ability to develop reliable analyses of business operations which can be used in making business decisions. Students who complete the accounting program can qualify to sit for the CPA exam in Ohio after completing a few additional courses and a qualifying exam as determined by the Ohio Board of Accountancy.

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One-year Technical Certificate
CPA Exam Eligibility: Business Component

In order to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio, a candidate must fulfill the basic requirements in both business and accounting courses. This certificate is designed for the student to obtain the business courses necessary to sit for the CPA exam. It will provide the pathway for a student who has earned a non-business bachelor's degree to transition to a career in accounting.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
CPA Exam Eligibility: Accounting Component

In order to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio, a candidate must have 24 semester hours of business courses plus 30 semester hours of accounting courses. This certificate is designed for the student to obtain the accounting courses to sit for the CPA exam. It will provide the pathway for a student who has earned a business bachelor's degree to transition to a career in accounting. If a student has a non-business bachelor's degree, they will also need to complete the CPA Exam Eligibility: Business Component certificate.

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Tax Practitioner

The Tax Practitioner certificate prepares students for work in the tax preparation field. As tax law changes and grows more complex, more people seek professional tax preparation assistance. The Tax Practitioner certificate covers federal, state and local tax law. The Tax Practitioner certificate will prepare students for the Registered Tax Preparer Exam that the Internal Revenue Service is instituted with the 2012 tax season.

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Why major in Accounting?

An education in accounting can lead to a successful career by opening the door to opportunities in a corporate environment, government, the nonprofit sector or entrepreneurial endeavors. The program provides the theoretical, computer and practical background necessary to enter the workforce in entry-level accounting roles such as accounts receivable/payable, auditing clerk, payroll, billing and bookkeeping as well as other areas of business. The demand for individuals with an education and expertise in accounting is on the rise in our community and is projected to grow. The knowledge and skills obtained in these programs will help you make business decisions in the workplace no matter the field.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy mathematics and working with numbers.
  • You would like to learn how business organizations measure profits and finance their operations.
  • You aspire to work in the field of accounting/finance as an auditor or certified public accountant (CPA).
  • You want to gain practical experience in the use of Excel and accounting software.


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