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Business Administration - Accounting


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The mission of the Accounting program is to prepare students for entry-level employment or advancement in the accounting field through a series of experiences provided in fundamental accounting principles and procedures, cost accounting, income tax procedures, payroll accounting, and the use of microcomputers. The Accounting program awards Associate of Applied Science – Business Administration Option 1 – Accounting and the Short Certificate in Accounting.

The accounting program is designed to teach, through a sequence of experiences, the skills necessary for a student to develop cognitive knowledge of the accounting process and to be able to apply this knowledge in a practical manner.

Career Opportunities

The Accounting program provides the training necessary to become a financial record keeper. Areas of training will include computing, classifying, recording and verifying numerical data to maintain accurate financial records. Graduates of the Accounting  program may become employed as an Accounts Payable Clerk, Inventory Control Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeping Clerk or Auditing Clerk.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

A successful Accounting Clerk must have knowledge of database and computerized accounting software, ability to work in an office environment and above average interpersonal skills. A student in Accounting is eligible to sit for the Quickbooks Certified User exam in this program.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook for career options for students who complete the Business Administration - Accounting Technology program are included below:

Accounting Clerks

  • The median annual earnings for accounting clerks are $35,170 per year. 
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $54,310 annually.

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
  • The median annual earnings are $37,690.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $51, 440

Types of Programs Offered

Click to view the courses required for each certificate or degree option.

Associates Degree
Short Term Certificate

Costs for Program

Program Name Type of Program Number of Credit Hours Est. Tuition and Fees for program Est. Book Cost Estimated Total Cost
ACT (Accounting Technology) Associate Degree Applied Science 66
$10,425.00 $1,800.00 $13,500.00

ACT (Accounting Technology)

Career Skills Certificate 26 $4,031.00 $600.00 $4,631.00

*Estimates for costs based on Fall 2014-2015 Tuition and Fees rate.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Ms. Bonnie Banks
Interim Chair & Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting
Alabama A&M University

Mr. Ron Childress
Owner, Childress Accounting LLC

Ms. Stacie Hughes
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Athens State University

Ms. Beth B. Richardson
Market President - Madison, Progress Bank

Ms. Barbara Reeder
COO, DefTec Corporation

Dr. Ena Rose-Green
Associate Professor, Department of Accounting
University of Alabama in Huntsville

The varied levels of certification allow each student to customize the amount of training he/she desires based on individual career goals. The basic Career Skills certificate may be utilized as a means for immediate entry into the workforce or serve as a starting point for the Career Entry Certificate. In most cases, the credits received from one certificate level will transfer to a program of a higher level.

Drake State has established articulation agreements with Alabama A&M University, Athens State University, and University of Alabama Huntsville to assist students who desire to pursue a baccalaureate degree upon completion of an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Drake State. For more information contact the Accounting Program or call 256.551.3155.