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Associates in Accounting

The PTC Associate in Business Degree with an Accounting Concentration features a specialization that is designed to provide a solid background in business fundamentals, followed by an in-depth study and application of accounting practices and concepts as they relate to numerous accounting challenges graduates may encounter in today’s dynamic business environment.

Coursework is structured to assist you in the development of your career goals as you acquire the knowledge and skills needed by industry-current accounting professionals.

Key Benefits

  • PTC Students work closely in the field with General Managers and Corporate Director of Marketing to promote local businesses.
  • PTC Business Students take field trips to both large and small companies to meet company representatives and get first - hand information on the company.
  • PTC Accounting Students work in teams to buy, sell and trade stocks in real investment accounts in team competitiions as part of their accounting program.
  • Business Students organize, promote and run the BizThreads Professional Dress Sale which helps PTC Students dress professionally for internship and job interviews.
  • PTC Business Students work on numerous hands-on projects to build real world business skills.

More information about Associates in Accounting below

PTC is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Business Degree with a concentration in Accounting.

PTC Accounting graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Computer Services
  • Credit and Collections
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology

In the PTC Accounting Administration Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Management skills
  • Performing Presentations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Sales and Promotion Techniques
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Solving Problems
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills and Information Technology
  • Accounting skills
  • Marketing new products
  • Creating a new business
  • Business Law
  • Creating business spreadsheets
  • Database Applications
  • PTC is an active member in the American Marketing Association and our students attend regular events to meet industry professionals that can open doors for internships and job placement.
  • PTC is active in Alpha Beta Gamma and International Business Honor Society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business.


Financial Accounting 1
This course introduces the basic principles and procedures of accounting. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business transactions, cataloging, journal entries, posting to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements (income statement, owner's equity statement, and balance sheet).
Financial Accounting 2
In this course, students will examine additional accounting concepts as they relate to sales and purchase transactions through the use of subsidiary ledgers, cash management and banking procedures, and payroll computations and taxation. In addition, students will get in-depth instruction for accruals and deferrals. The course will wrap up with preparing the financial statements and closing procedures for a merchandising business. Prerequisite: A 'C' grade or higher in ACC100.
Accounting Principles
In this course, students will examine Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, accounts receivable and uncollectable accounts, notes payable and receivable, and merchandise inventory valuation. Property plant and equipment concepts of acquisition, depreciation and disposition will be taught. Prerequisite: A 'C' grade or higher in ACC110.
Federal Taxes 1: Individual Taxes
This course is a study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects individuals and sole proprietorships. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculation are emphasized. Appreciation, confidence, enthusiasm, and interest in tax topics is a hoped for outcome of students.
Payroll Accounting
In this course, students will learn all aspects of payroll procedures. Students will learn processing, tax withholding, pre-tax benefit plans, W-2 completion, W-4 completion, payroll tax filing and journal entry recording. Prerequisite: ACC110.
Accounting for Partnerships and Corporations
In this course, students will expand into accounting for partnerships and corporations. The concepts addressed will include and understanding of the entity and accounting for profits and losses. The second part of this course will cover financial statement analysis; vertical, horizontal and ratio, and in-depth look at the statement of cash flow and introduction to departmentalizing and profit centers.
Federal Taxes 2: Tax for Business Entities
This course continues the study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects partnerships, corporations (including S corporations), and estates and trusts. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculations are emphasized. Prerequisite: ACC122.
Accounting Information Systems
This course provides the students with hands-on experience in applying fundamental accounting principles within a computerized environment. Using computer technology, students gain experience setting up and maintaining accounts, recording transactions in the general and special journals, preparing payroll, completing the accounting cycle, and setting up accounting records for new companies.
Investment Management
This course will provide an opportunity for students to blend the theory of investments with the practical demands of investment management. The course objectives include an understanding of the process of establishing a portfolio strategy with a real portfolio, gaining knowledge of the mechanics of trading, principles of equity valuation and technical analysis. Students actively manage a portfolio through the semester.
Advertising and Promotions
This course is designed to give students a broad view of advertising principles and their relationship to product marketing. The students will focus on the creative functions of advertising by preparing rough layouts and writing copy for various types of ads.


Introduction to Business
This course provides a thorough survey of major business functions, focusing on modern business procedures. Topics include international business, economics, management, marketing, accounting, social responsibility and ethics, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Computer Applications
This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTC network.
Spreadsheet Applications
This course guides students with little spreadsheet experience and enables them to become knowledgeable, confident spreadsheet designers and users. The course utilizes hands-on examples, tutorials, and reinforcement to develop spreadsheet design in a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.
Principles of Management
This course provides an overview of the major functions of operational and human resources management. Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to integrate behavioral and systems approaches with traditional analysis and demonstrate Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement methods in the
Principles of Finance
This course focuses on financial techniques used in making business decisions. Fundamental principles of finance provide students with the basic tools necessary to analyze projects and justify investment in them. Students learn how to use a variety of capital budgeting techniques which shed light on the financial impact of choosing between various projects.
Financial Management
Financial Management will present the necessary tools required to objectively approach and solve financial problems. The course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize and incorporate the presented tools as well as other academic and professional experiences into a standard yet flexible model for solving financial management problems. This course will discuss and teach the tools required to objectively make: capital budgeting, capital structure and working capital decisions. Through case studies, lectures, videos, readings and exams, students learn the basic concepts and how to apply them in financial decision making. As the course progresses, new topics and skills are integrated into a more sophisticated framework of financial understanding.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of the business and hospitality industries. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and to become actively involved in business and/or hospitality industry related activities.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.


English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
This course provides a survey of core economic concepts. Students are exposed to the ideas needed for a basic understanding of macro and micro economic principles.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Leadership Principles
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • H. J. Heinz
  • H &R Block
  • Verizon Wireless
  • PNC Bank
  • Calgon Carbon Corporation
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Digital Picture, Inc.
  • Federal Express
  • Amcon Office Systems
  • American Red Cross
  • Beckwith Machinery Co
  • General Nutrition Center

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

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United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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