Paraprofessional Accounting Program

About the Program

Our paraprofessional accounting program is one of the most comprehensive and respected programs in the area. It is geared to provide an advanced accounting foundation to the working adult or student who does not wish to pursue a bachelor degree at this time.

Two educational goals can be achieved in this program. An Associate in Science Degree in Accounting is designed to help a graduate meet the demands of any organization requiring skills in general accounting, cost accounting, and analysis of financial information. An Accounting Certificate will help students gain further knowledge of accounting for job advancement or to enter the work force. Both curriculums provide a strong foundation for an individual to:

  • be prepared for a position in the Accounting Department of a large or small corporation, or
  • take full charge of the many accounting duties for a small business.

Successful students have entered major companies in a variety of industries including health care, environmental, government, entertainment, manufacturing, and accounting. Many have been promoted to analysts, supervisors, or even higher positions. Others have used this newly found accounting knowledge to start their own bookkeeping practice as a home-based business.

In addition, one of the great benefits of this program is that if you do change your mind at a later date and wish to pursue additional educational goals, many if not all of the courses can apply toward a baccalaureate degree.

Associate in Science Degree, Accounting

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete all graduation requirements which include:

  1. all major course requirements with a “C” or better;
  2. 25 units of General Education Graduation requirements;
  3. the cultural pluralism and reading requirements;
  4. any elective courses to complete a total of 60 units;
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major coursework must be completed at Cypress College.

Requirements for the AS Degree in Accounting:

Course Number Title Units
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 4
CIS 111 Computer Literacy – Introduction to Information Systems 3
MGT 151 Business Mathematics 3
ACCT 102 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 190 Accounting Systems Design/Application 3
MGT 111
or MGT 211
Business Communications/
Writing for Business
3
ECON 105
or ECON 110
Principles of Economics/
Survey of Economics
3
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting 3
ACCT 011 Payroll Accounting 2
ACCT 202 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 204 Accounting for Governmental
and Not-for-Profit Entities
3

Total Units Required: 34

Accounting Certificate

To earn a certificate, students must complete the required courses as listed below with a minimum grade of “C”.

At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Requirements for the Accounting Certificate:

Course Number Title Units
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 4
CIS 111 Computer Literacy – Introduction to Information Systems 3
MGT 151 Business Mathematics 3
ACCT 102 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 190 Accounting Systems Design/Application 3
MGT 111
or MGT 211
Business Communications/
Writing for Business
3
ACCT 201 Intermediate Accounting 3
ACCT 011 Payroll Accounting 2
ACCT 202 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 204 Accounting for Governmental
and Not-for-Profit Entities
3

Total Units Required: 31