Programs And Courses

Accounting (1460)

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Accounting: Associate in Arts (AA)  (1460)

ATTENTION: This program has been inactivated by the Department for Fall 2018 and will no longer be available for new student enrollments.  Interested new students should review the Business AAS program (major code #1516) - new Fall 2018 - which contains an accounting concentration.

Does the idea of helping others achieve financial success inspire you? Do you enjoy helping businesses solve problems using accepted accounting principles? If this sounds like you, a career in the accounting field may be the perfect match for your interests and skills. Our Accounting Program can be the path you take to get there.

By completing our program and earning your Associate in Arts (AA) in Accounting, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions or ready to transfer your credits to a four-year school.

What can I do with this in the workforce?
After completing our program, you’ll have the specialty skills and knowledge you need to enter the workforce. Many graduates go on to work in banks, accounting firms, government service and the private sector. As a graduate from HACC, you’ll be eligible to obtain an entry-level position and work in:

  • Accounts payable and receivable
  • Bookkeeping
  • General accounting

You’re most likely to succeed in this career if you:

  • Enjoy math and working with numbers on a daily basis
  • Exercise excellent record-keeping skills and are detail-oriented
  • Excel at organizing information


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Innovatively YOURS, our experienced instructors provide you with the foundation you need to succeed in this evolving field. You will have the opportunity to take courses to prepare you for the Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
Also, you will:

  • Provide written and oral analyses to accounting issues and financial reporting data obtained through professional research and case studies
  • Examine accounting rules and standards and provide businesses and organizations with interpretative analyses
  • Prepare the financial statements of a business or organization outlining its financial health
  • Recognize the scope of ethical choices within the accounting field and, within an appropriate professional framework, apply them in practice
  • Demonstrate how accounting information supports and influences decisions made by business leaders
  • Discuss all the components – management strategy, financial structure, marketing plans and laws – that influence the financial reporting of an organization
  • Conduct a “break even” analysis to determine the viability of a new business venture
  • Apply fundamental accounting principles to business and reporting issues
  • Develop a budget and demonstrate its use as a planning and evaluation tool
  • Interpret the financial statements of publicly traded companies using the footnotes and financial ratios
  • Develop team building skills through simulated accounting situations that businesses and organizations routinely encounter
  • Use the latest technology tools to solve common accounting problems, facilitate transaction recordings and help with financial reporting

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits HACC’s Accounting AA program. Since 1992, ACBSP has been the only nationally recognized organization that grants regional accreditation to two- and four-year colleges and universities.

What classes will I take?

We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our programs are designed so you can transfer credits to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Albright College -Accelerated Degree Program: General Program Course Equivalencies (pdf)

Bloomsburg University of PA: Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

Central Penn College: Accounting into Accounting (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

Drexel University: Accounting into Business Administration (pdf)

Elizabethtown College -Accelerated Degree Program: Accounting into Accounting (pdf)

Franklin University Online: Franklin University Bachelor Degrees (ONLINE) (pdf)

Messiah College: Accounting (pdf)

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Accounting (pdf)

Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg, Lancaster and York campuses. The program can also be completed at the Gettysburg Campus by taking some courses  through Virtual Learning.

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Thanks to approximately 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation, you have the opportunity to earn free money for your tuition. Before you submit your application, please review the application guidelines at  

When can I apply?

Anytime! We offer spring, summer and fall classes, and you can submit your application online. When you apply, please include the unique code for our Accounting Program. Including program code 1460 on your application ensures you apply to the correct program.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about our program and your career opportunities, please contact Jason Neilsen, interim department chair, or an admissions counselor. You may also request more information online. With HACC on your side, you’ll have the support you need to achieve your career goals.