Accounting/Bookkeeper Certificate (CAA)


This program is for those interested in accounting and computing work. Prepare for an entry-level career in accounting including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, and data entry. This program is a great option if you are seeking a career change or job retraining.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ACC101 Principles of Accounting I


    FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Career Elective


    BUS105, BUS112, BUS125, or MKT142
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or       higher)


    MAT096 or placement
ACC102 Principles of Accounting II


ACC227 Computerized Accounting


    ACC101; CIS120 or CIS127
  Career Elective


    BUS105, BUS112, BUS125, or MGT210
ACC224 Taxation


                                             Total: 24 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses.

Helpful hints: Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments. It is not advisable for full-time students to work full-time. Day and evening courses are offered.

Transfer options: Some courses in this program may be applied to MWCC’s Business Administration Career Degree and Business Administration Transfer Degree programs. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Students entering this program must meet the same technical standards as required for the Business Administration Degrees. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in accounting departments including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, and data entry. Through this program, you’ll gain solid computing skills to increase your job marketability.

Earning potential: $34,289 to $37,780

Technical Standards* for, BA, BAC, BACA, BUC, CAA, and SBC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 70.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Manipulate small items such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Read data from a computer screen.
  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.

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