Accounting, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

The curriculum is designed for persons who seek employment in the accounting field or for those presently in accounting who wish to increase their knowledge and update their skills. Job opportunities include accounting trainee, accounting technician, junior accountant, and accountant.

NOVA's A.A.S. in Accounting is excellent for those interested in the organization and reporting of financial data. Upon completion of the program, students can take an additional three courses for the Accounting Career Studies Certificate, and then are eligible to proceed to the CPA exam (if other education requirements are satisfied).  Contact the Virginia Board of Accountancy for all education requirements.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation Information

The student should possess a proficiency in high school English and a strong background in basic arithmetic.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting 3
Choose One
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
CST 227 Business and Professional Communication
ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software I 3
Total 15
3rd Semester
ACC 221 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 231 Cost Accounting I 3
ACC 261 Principles of Federal Taxation I 3
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
Total 15
4th Semester
ACC 222 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 241 Auditing I 3
BUS 200 Principles of Management 3
BUS 220 Introduction to Business Statistics 3
FIN 215 Financial Management 3
PHI 220 Ethics 3
Total 18
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 64
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ACC
211
3
BUS
100
3
ENG
111
3
Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts
ITE
115
3
MTH
154
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
ACC
212
3
ACC
215
3
Choose One
CST
110
3
CST
227
ECO
120
3
ITE
140
3
Total 15
3rd Semester
ACC
221
3
ACC
231
3
ACC
261
3
BUS
241
3
ENG
112
3
Total 15
4th Semester
ACC
222
3
ACC
241
3
BUS
200
3
BUS
220
3
FIN
215
3
PHI
220
3
Total 18
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 64

Upon the completion of this program, students may consider the Accounting Career Studies Certificate. Additional courses needed are as follows: ACC 219, ACC 262, and ACC 230.