Accounting at Foothill College

Classroom with students working together with calculatorsThe Accounting Department at Foothill College offers an excellent range of courses that expose students to all facets of accounting.

For those who are seeking a financially rewarding career and stable income, a degree or certificate in accounting can lead to occupations in financial and investment planning, budget analysis, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, and auditing. Opportunities are often best for CPAs, CMAs, MBAs, or professionals proficient with accounting software.

All the accounting courses taken at Foothill College meet the CPA unit requirement. See The CPA Education Requirements for more information.

Degree and Certificates

Earn an Associate in Arts degree in Accounting to start your career or prepare for transfer to a four-year university.

We also offer a variety of accounting certificates to choose from for upgrading your professional skills, including:

  • Certificate of Achievement in Accounting
  • Certificate of Achievement in CPA Exam Preparation
  • Tax Accounting Career Certificate
  • Financial Accounting Career Certficate
  • Bookkeeping Speciallist Certificate of Proficiency
  • Tax Specialist Certificate of Proficiency
  • Payroll Preparation Certificate of Proficiency

Take accounting and tax courses to fulfill the CPA educational unit requirement and to prepare for the CPA exam. Enroll in Accounting 67 to become CTEC Certified and Accounting 68 series to prepare for the Enrolled Agent exam.

Note: Career Certificates are non-transcriptable and consist of 13-35 units. These Certificates are designed as a career advancement tool. Courses focus on practical knowledge and skill development.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and related financial services is one of the fastest growing industries with a median salary of about $54,000*. Numerous entry-level positions in accounting, auditing, tax, and other financial services are available domestically and internationally. The Foothill College Accounting Program prepares graduates for employment in corporations, start ups, small businesses and non-profit organizations by offering classes that combine academic knowledge with hands-on training.

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Potential Occupations

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
  • Accountant
  • Tax Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst

Coursework for 2016-2017 Academic Year

*(course titles abbreviated)
Core Courses Career/Technical Courses Advanced Courses
  • ACTG 1A: Financial Actg I
  • ACTG 1B: Financial Actg II
  • ACTG 1C: Managerial Actg
  • ACTG60: Actg for Sm. Bus
  • ACTG 64A: Quickbooks
  • ACTG 64B: Excel for Actg
  • ACTG 65: Payroll
  • ACTG 51A: Intermediate ActgI
  • ACTG 51B: Intermediate ActgII
  • ACTG 51C: Intermediate ActgIII
  • ACTG 52: Adv. Actg
  • ACTG 53: Fin. Stmt. Analysis
  • ACTG 58: Auditing
  • ACTG 59: Fraud
  • ACTG 66: Cost Actg
  • ACTG67: Indiv. Tax
  • ACTG68A: Adv. Tax I
  • ACTG 68B: Adv. Tax II
  • ACTG 75: Governmental Actg
  • ACTG 76: Ethics in Actg
*Refer to schedule for specific offerings each quarter

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