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Accounting Department @ TCC

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Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree

For Non-Transfer students, the Accounting Program offers three options: a Career Studies Certificate, an Accounting Specialist Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Additional accounting courses are offered in bookkeeping, hospitality accounting, payroll, and small business accounting.



Associate Degree of Applied Sciences (AAS) Accounting (203)

Certificate: Accounting Specialist (202)

Career Studies:  Accounting Technician (221.203.03)

Because all classes are not offered every semester, please click on the link to the curriculum guide sheets. We encourage you to contact any of our full-time faculty members to discuss your course scheduling.

Transfer students who wish to pursue a four-year degree in Accounting should follow the degree program for Associate of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation, students transfer to the four-year college of their choice in junior status.

The twenty-six credit hours in accounting course work in certificate and degree programs provide students with the necessary accounting skills to take the Accreditation Council for Accountancy & Taxation exam that is administered twice annually. Upon successful completion of this exam, candidates may use the description, "Accredited in Accountancy."

The twenty-six credit hours in accounting course work in certificate and degree programs meet educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam for those students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree.  These hours also serve as a unique review mechanism for CPA candidates.

The twenty-six credit hours in accounting course work in certificate and degree programs meet the federal government guidelines for accounting course work required for promotion.

The Accounting Program is supported by an accounting advisory committee composed of accounting professionals. Meetings are held annually to discuss changes within the accounting profession, to study new accounting trends, and to update the accounting curriculum as needed.

Students are offered the opportunity to become student members of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and to participate in Accounting Career Days and other programs offered by this society.

A recent study conducted by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) indicated that during the period of 2002 - 2012 that accounting and bookkeeping services industry was expected to increase by 42.1%, faster than the 18.5 percent growth rate for all industries in the area.  This amounts to 12,029 additional jobs over the period, or about 1,203 added jobs per year, with an overall increase in positions of 17,655.  The VEC listed mean and mid-range salaries from a low of $377 per week to a high of $1,240 per week.