Accounting Programs
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Why Major in Accounting at NCC?

Become a vital contributor to business operations with an Associate in Applied Science or a Specialized Diploma in Accounting at Northampton Community College. Our programs equip you to enter the workforce upon graduation, transfer to a four-year accounting degree program, or continue your education to qualify for CPA certification.

Offered online and in-person, with full/part-time and accelerated study options, our accounting program is at a lower cost than most four-year institutions, allowing you to make the most of your time, money, and career launch.


Plus, NCC’s associate degree in accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This Global Business Accreditation guarantees the quality and rigor of our program’s academics and professional opportunities.


What You'll Learn

Gain proficiency in financial management and other aspects of successful business administration. The field of accountancy is essential to large and small corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions. In addition, you also have the tools and practice necessary to launch your own entrepreneurial endeavors.

In NCC’s accounting major, you’ll learn to: 

  • Prepare financial reports and statements.
  • Consider ethical and legal standards in business decision-making.
  • Interpret and act upon financial data and information.

Program Details

Semesters: 4

Credits: 64

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Locations: Bethlehem | Pocono

Program Overview:

Prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year accounting program to pursue CPA certification with the Associate in Applied Science in Accounting at NCC.

In this program, you gain knowledge in financial accounting, business law, information technology, business communications, managerial accounting, macroeconomics, information systems and resources, income tax accounting, and business statistics.


Semesters: 4

Credits: 31

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Locations: Bethlehem | Pocono | Fully Online

Program Overview:

This program is ideal for those who already hold an undergraduate degree and need to acquire accounting skills or take steps toward CPA certification. In the two-year accounting specialized diploma, you’ll study financial accounting, business law, managerial accounting, cost accounting, income tax accounting, and principles of auditing.

Semesters: 2

Credits: 18

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Locations: Bethlehem | Pocono | Fully Online

Program Overview:

Get ready for support positions in accounting firms and other related business areas. This one-year accounting program covers essential skills in financial accounting, information technology, communication, accounting applications, and personal finance.

Prepare for Your CPA

The AAS or two-year specialized diploma in accounting are affordable options for starting your journey toward the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. To sit in the CPA exam in Pennsylvania, you need to complete 150 credit hours at the undergraduate level, including 24 credits in accounting subjects—many of which you can earn at NCC.


Future Career Paths

Accounting and related careers are reliable and in consistent demand. The one-year specialized diploma and AAS degree will prepare you for roles like bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerk, which earn an average of $45,560 per year. If you transfer to a four-year institution or build on your existing degree in the two-year specialized diploma, you can take on roles in auditing and accounting, which have average salaries of over $77,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Account Manager
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Cost Accountant
  • Inventory Accountant
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Public Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant

Student Spotlight

I would highly recommend the faculty involved in my program. My professors have been there throughout my whole journey, and have taught me so much. Being part of such a supportive school has made me feel like I have had the best college experience.

Kelsey Miller, Alumni

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