Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18


(HEGIS: 5002)

A.S. Degree, A.A.S. Degree, Certificate

The Accounting program prepares you for a career in the public, private, governmental and not-for-profit sectors. Accountants specialize in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, tax, financial analysis and budgeting. Students have three options including the A.S. and A.A.S degrees and Certificate.

The A.S. degree is for transfer to an accounting program at a four year college or university. With additional education and work experience, you will find many employment opportunities including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA), controller or business manager.

The A.A.S. degree prepares you with the skills needed for a paraprofessional entry-level position in accounting. Employment possibilities include staff accountant, accounting specialist, clerk, cost accountant, accounts payable/receivable coordinator, and payroll accountant.

The Certificate program is designed to give you the specialized set of tools you will need for immediate employment in a broad range of entry-level accounting positions or to upgrade your existing skills.

Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)


Accounting, requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is expected to grow 22 percent between 2008-18, much faster than the average expected growth for other occupations.

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Transfer Options

Recent graduates have continued their education at a four-year college or university. Transfer institutions include:

  • Cornell University
  • Ithaca College
  • Binghamton University
  • University at Albany
  • Baruch College
  • Fordham University
  • University at Buffalo
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Empire State College

For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Program Chair

Gary Ford
Professor (Accounting)

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