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

An accountant sits at her desk reviewing invoices on a screen while inputting figures into a calculator.

Accounting plays a vital role in running any type of business. As an accountant, you'll analyze a company's financial health, measure performance, and support strategic business objectives. Earn your accounting degree online or in-person.

Career Outlook: Accounting

Financial records offer an important glimpse into business operations, which makes accounting one of the most consistently in-demand professional careers. Accountants ensure companies run efficiently by documenting and analyzing transactions, keeping track of finances, and ensuring compliance to state and local regulations.

Our program prepares you to enter the workforce and begin a successful career managing finances for a business, government agency, or non-profit organization. You will also learn how to start and manage your own business!

A.A.S. Accounting Degree — Program Overview

Gain experience with tax preparation, payroll, and analytics using industry-standard computerized accounting software, such as QuickBooks and Excel. Acquire analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills that are vital to understanding financial information. In addition to accounting courses, you'll also take classes in marketing, business communications, and business law — providing you with a well-rounded education.

Real-World Experience with Local Internships

Our accounting program includes 135 hours of real-world experience with local businesses. Practice applied accounting skills in a variety of professional settings, such as accounts payable, receiving, payroll, and taxes. Internships with our community partners — including Wegman's and Petrella Phillips LLP — help you develop a professional business network that can lead to job opportunities.

Participate in important community outreach work as part of FLCC partnership with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation services to low-income families.

100% Online Accounting Degree Available

Earn your accounting degree online so you can study on your time and from a location that fits your schedule. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

A.A.S. Accounting Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Maintain a complete set of accounting records (i.e. financial transactions and business communications).
  • Analyze accounting information in order to prepare general purpose financial statements.
  • Utilize appropriate accounting software to perform accounting and business functions.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and social responsibility associated with the current best practices in accounting.

Accounting Careers

An accounting degree prepares you for a variety of professional business careers. Graduates of our accounting program work at credit unions, mortgage companies, and public accounting firms. Others enter a family business (such as a local winery) or start their own business.

Some of the regional employers who have hired FLCC graduates include:

  • Constellation Brands
  • Crossman's
  • Mengel, Metzger, and Barr
  • PayChex
  • Petrella Phillips LLP
  • Victor Excavating

Transfer Opportunities for Accounting Graduates

Our accounting program aligns with New York Certified Public Accountant (CPA) requirements and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) requirements, which helps you earn these credentials quickly if you pursue a bachelor's degree. FLCC has a cooperative admissions agreement with SUNY Geneseo, which allows you to transfer to Geneseo without an additional application.

Graduates of our accounting program have also continued their education at a variety of other regional colleges and universities, including:

  • Keuka College
  • Nazareth College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY Oswego

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 75% of FLCC students receive financial awards that reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!

Accounting Program Faculty

Instructors in our accounting program have over 150 years of combined teaching, knowledge, and experience in the fields of accounting and business. They are ready to guide you toward a fulfilling career in accounting and eager to help you move forward with your education and professional goals.

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Trina Brizzee

"My degree in Accounting from FLCC gave me a vision and the belief that I could obtain my goals, and that is exactly what I have done and I am doing."