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The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards.

Training in accounting is also invaluable for those interested in becoming appraisers, budget officers, loan officers, financial analysts, bank officers, actuaries, underwriters, tax collectors and revenue agents, FBI special agents, securities sales workers, and purchasing agents. The Accounting degree at Finger Lakes Community College provides preparation in the latest accounting theories and principles.

The Program

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting degree program at Finger Lakes Community College prepares students to meet the changing needs of today's business world. By keeping class size small, the program provides students with individualized attention. The program also prepares students to further their educational experiences and has an expanding number of transfer (articulation) agreements with four-year colleges and universities for those who wish to transfer into baccalaureate accounting programs.

Honors Courses: In addition, the College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students enrolled in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:

  • record basic financial transactions.
  • analyze, compare and interpret financial information.
  • organize and evaluate accounting information.
  • make decisions regarding basic financial information and transactions.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • utilize computer applications.

The Experience

Field trips bring real-life experience to theory presented in the classroom. Students also attend Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) dinners, which provide valuable networking opportunities.

The Graduates

Graduates of this program have transferred to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year institutions such as St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, University of Buffalo, Keuka College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY College at Oswego.*

Others have gone on to begin careers as accounting clerks immediately after graduation from FLCC. The list of accounting graduates that have gone on to become chief accountants, controllers or business owners of accounting/tax firms, continues to grow.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

The Mark J. Prockton Memorial Accounting Scholarship was established in 1997 for a returning accounting major who meets the specific criteria of the award. For more information on the scholarship, contact a member of the Business Administration Department or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

Our accounting faculty has extensive "real-world" experience that adds another dimension to the classroom. One of the staff is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and another holds a Certified Management Accountant designation. All of them have at least ten years teaching experience.