Accounting Degree and Certificate - Southwestern Illinois College

Degree Program

Accounting Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Accounting AAS Program prepares students for a variety of jobs including entry-level accounting positions or for a career as a full-charge bookkeeper. The curriculum includes ACCT 212 Certified Bookkeeper Review. Upon successful completion of the course, students may choose to sit for the Certified Bookkeeper exam, administered by an independent provider and scheduled by the student. This program does not prepare students to sit for the CPA Exam.

The courses required for the degree program are listed in the link above. This is a sample schedule. Course availability varies from semester to semester. Students must pay close attention to the prerequisites for each course. Contact a counselor or the program coordinator for more information about this degree program, including the master course schedule.

Certificate Program

Bookkeeping Certificate Curriculum

The Bookkeeping Certificate prepares students for entry-level accounting support staff positions. The certificate provides the foundation for a career as a full-charge bookkeeper. Those with experience in the bookkeeping field who lack formal education will find the certificate useful in quantifying their experience for prospective employers and/or clients.

Accelerated Degree Option

Anyone who has completed an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the Dean of the Business Division and the Vice President for Instruction.

Only those courses completed at Southwestern Illinois College, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Accounting AAS program is prepared for the following positions:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Full-charge Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Support Staff

For more information about Career Opportunities, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook website published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Contact Dawn Peters, Department Chair, at (618) 222-5487 or