Mar 30, 2020  
Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Bookkeeper Certificate

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Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Science, Public and Human Services
Academic Dept: Accounting
HEGIS: 5003
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Carolyn Christesen
Telephone: 914-606-6876

A Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

This certificate is designed for individuals seeking clerical positions in accounting firms, corporations, banks and small businesses. It balances accounting and office technology theory with practical studies in federal income taxation, computerized accounting and fundamental financial and banking transactions. Students also study various software programs necessary for working in a modern office. Coursework in business communication and general management add to the student’s professional development. Full-time students complete the entire program in one academic year. Courses are available in the fall and spring semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Manually prepare a complete set of accounting records from transaction to financial statements for a small business.
  2. Use QuickBooks to prepare a complete set of accounting records from transaction to financial statements for a small business.
  3. Prepare the necessary state and federal payroll tax returns for a small business.
  4. Prepare a 1040 tax return including all supporting schedules.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be qualified to begin working in a bookkeeper position.

Minimum Total Credits - 26

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Professional Bookkeeper Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

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