Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

The primary objective of Zarem/Golde's A.A.S in Accounting program is to train students to become successful and effective entry-level accountants, auditors, cost clerks and tax examiner trainees. To achieve this goal, the Associate Degree program is designed to provide students with a solid, core competency in general accountancy practices, procedures, concepts and theory.

In order to effectively prepare students for professional long-lasting careers in accounting, the Associate Degree program covers an array of topics from cost accounting to taxation for individuals, partnerships and corporations. All accounting courses are taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors who carry at least a CPA or masters degree. The program also gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on training (through an accounting internship) that will accelerate their studies and make them highly competitive individuals in the job market.

Credits obtained by students while in the Accounting program may be transferable to four-year programs at other colleges and universities worldwide. In order to earn an A.A.S in Accounting at Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute, a student must complete 62 credits. The A.A.S in Accounting program is designed to provide students with a foundation in key conceptual, practical and procedural aspects of accounting and an understanding of their relevance to the functioning of various organizations.


Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Length of Program:

90 weeks

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Admission Requirements:

Students must be high school graduates or the equivalent, obtain passing scores on the school's entrance examination including an English and Math competency exam. For those who are not able to demonstrate the required level of competency, we offer remedial courses in Math and English reading and composition. Prospective students will also be interviewed by the Admissions Department. Class size is limited to one student per computer. Average class size is 12 students but no more than 15.


More Information
Admissions Office
Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute
5440 Fargo Avenue
Skokie, Illinois
Phone: 847-324-5588

Course Requirements

ACCOUNTING (General Education requirements)
18 Credits
Social & Behavioral Science (Choose one or two)
GE150 Economics
3 Credits
GE181 Anthropology
3 Credits
PS110 Introduction to Psychology
3 Credits
Humanities (Choose one or two)
HI104 American History
3 Credits
HI105 American Government
3 Credits
Communications (Choose two or three)
EN101 Introduction to Composition
3 Credits
EN200 Speech
3 Credits
EN300 Essay Writing
3 Credits
Mathematics and Natural Science (Choose one or two)
MT140 Business Calculus
3 Credits
MT150 Statistics
3 Credits
EP101 Employment Preparation
0 Credits
Accounting (core requirements)
44 Credits
Required Major Courses
CP100 Computer Essentials
4 Credits
CP210 Spreadsheet Fundamentals
4 Credits
CP220 Advanced Spreadsheet
4 Credits
AC111 Principles of Accounting I
4 Credits
AC112 Principles of Accounting II
4 Credits
AC260 Computer Applications for Accounting I
3 Credits
AC210 Computer Applications for Accounting II
3 Credits
AC220 Federal Income Taxation
3 Credits
AC230 Auditing
3 Credits
CP230 Data Base Applications
3 Credits
BM100 Introduction to Business & Ethics
3 Credits
AC240 Introduction to Financial Management
3 Credits


Graduates of the AAS Degree in Accounting program will:
• Possess the skills to continue their education at four year colleges or universities.
• Understand and practice professional work ethics and confidentiality expected in the accounting field.
• Demonstrate proficiency in using computer software, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access and QuickBooks; demonstrate ability of integrating QuickBooks with Excel, Word and online services.g
• Be able to correctly complete accounting processes and prepare financial reports using computerized accounting software.
• Be able to retrieve information from the accounting system and prepare reports that will contribute to good business decision-makings.
• Be familiar with a broad array of business and financial terminology.
• Perform those office tasks and procedures that are typical in entry-level accounting positions.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing at a level necessary for successful employment in the accounting field.
• Demonstrate mathematical skills essential to employment in the accounting field.
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills needed to prioritize, anticipate and analyze problems, and to evaluate and implement solutions.
• Demonstrate competency in preparing personal income tax returns and identify personal financial issues of individuals.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are employable in entry-level positions in the private business sector as well as in federal, state, and local governmental agencies. They are also qualified to perform basic auditing and accounting functions in public accounting firms.

  • Staff Accountant

  • Bookkeeper

  • Accounting Clerk

  • Accounting Staff

  • Sales Associate

  • Auditor

  • Medical Billing Clerk

  • Payroll Specialist

  • Financial Advisor

  • Cost Accountant