West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Accounting, Business Studies A.A.S.

Accounting, Business Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree

This option is designed to meet the needs of modern business and industry for accounting professionals. The curriculum will help students develop habits of critical, logical thinking while they learn to record, report and interpret data using basic accounting as well as electronic procedures. Computerized software and accounting applications will be emphasized.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate mastery of the accounting cycle
• Demonstrate an ability to analyze financial statements and information
• Demonstrate knowledge of communication, organizational, mathematical and managerial skills
• Demonstrate an understanding of financial statements and the individual elements
• Demonstrate working knowledge of application software used in the field of accounting

Graduates of this program can expect to obtain employment in positions such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, accounting clerk, payroll clerk, billing manager, and customer service representatives.
Graduates can expect to be employed in medical and banking facilities, industrial and manufacturing plants, communication businesses, and various small businesses.
Students who decide to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting may be eligible to sit for the C.A.S.A. examination.

Students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Accounting should take the Business Administration Transfer Option A.S. degree, the Accounting/Business Administration Transfer Option to Franciscan University 2+2 A.S. degree, or the Business Administration Transfer Option to WLU 2+2 A.S. degree. Students should contact an advisor from the transfer institution as soon as possible regarding transferability of specific courses.


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