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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Accounting Professional (ACPCA)

Location(s): Fort Omaha Campus, South Omaha Campus, Elkhorn Valley Campus, Online

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Award: Certificate of Achievement
Pathway to associate degree:  Accounting (ACAAS) 
Academic Focus Area: Business

The Accounting Professional Certificate of Achievement teaches the principles of accounting, the concepts of payroll and tax preparation, and introduces software utilized in businesses. An accounting professional’s job responsibilities often include recording transactions, preparing deposits, reconciling accounts, tracking customer accounts or vendor payments, processing payroll and preparing financial statements, tax filings and other reports. Students may use this certificate of achievement as a pathway to further education in accounting.

The Business program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an accrediting organization for institutions that support and have their emphasis directed toward excellence in teaching.

Graduation Requirements
To earn this certificate, a student must complete all required courses.
Total credit hours required: 54.0

Recommended Curriculum Plan

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Major Requirements - 40.5 credits

Students interested in an accounting degree/certificate should consult with faculty or an advisor when planning a course of study.

General Education Course Recommendations for this Program:

  • Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness: ECON 1000   or ECON 1100  


Certificate of Achievement General Education Requirements - 13.5 credits

The following are General Education requirements for a Certificate of Achievement. Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.


1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 Level I course from the list of Communication General Education courses in the current course catalog.


1 Course     4.5 - 5.0 credit hrs. 

Please check your degree program for recommended Math course.

Select 1 college level math course from the list of General Education math courses in the current course catalog.

*Based on the Math course you select, pre-requisites may be required.

Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness

1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1course from the list of Humanities or Social Sciences General Education course options in the current course catalog. 




Recommended Curriculum Plan

Accounting Professional (ACPCA)

The following plan is designed to be the most direct path to degree completion and is based on a fall quarter start. Students are expected to meet with their student success navigator or advisor to plan a customized course schedule that meets their specific needs. For more information or assistance with registering, please call 531-622-2400. 

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare, analyze, and interpret financial statements in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  2. Evaluate business decisions using managerial accounting methods.
  3. Analyze and prepare transactions and forms for tax filings.
  4. Analyze business transactions using technology, including QuickBooks.
  5. Identify the basic principles of economics, marketing, management, business law, and finance.
  6. Apply ethical reasoning to accounting scenarios.

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