Hodges University

Associate in Science in Accounting

The primary objective of the Associate in Science in Accounting (ASA) degree program is to prepare students for entry level positions as accountants in business, public and private accounting, government, and other non-profit organizations. The curriculum is designed to give students a firm foundation in liberal arts and business concepts as well as in the practical and theoretical aspects of accounting principles. Upon completion of the program, students will have a working knowledge of the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, computer applications, basic business, management and legal concepts applicable to the accounting profession, economics, and federal income tax procedures. All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward the Hodges University Baccalaureate Degree in Accounting.

On Campus, Online, Traditional and Accelerated
ASA courses are offered in a combination of formats including on campus, online and in a blended online/in-class format. Selected courses are offered in an accelerated format as well as a traditional format.

Accounting Students Learn:

 

  • Basic Accounting: Financial and Managerial
  • Federal Tax Procedures
  • Business Law
  • Computer Skills
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Economics

 


Why Accounting?

Is an Associate in Science in Accounting Degree Right for Me?

Accounting is the language of business and all businesses need the skill-set and knowledge acquired in the ASA degree. An Associate in Science in Accounting degree might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are interested in starting your development as an accounting professional.
  • You are an entrepreneur interested in operating your own business.
  • You want a career that will allow for advancement to positions with more responsibility.
  • You want a career that offers diverse opportunities in accounting departments, business, non-profit or government entities, the health care industry, banking, and financial services.
  • You are planning to continue your education towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

A Successful Career in Accounting Awaits You if You Are:

  • Organized
  • Inquisitive
  • A Creative Problem Solver
  • Someone Who Enjoys Working With Numbers
  • Business Oriented
  • Someone Who Is Very Detail Oriented
  • Someone With Strong Ethics and Integrity
  • Someone Who Is Able To Analyze, Compare And Interpret Facts And Figures

What Do Accountants Do?

Accountants play a vital role in all organizations. They must maintain accurate accounting and financial records and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants also help organizations plan for the future, by assessing financial operations and communicating strategies to help organizations run efficiently. They record and communicate the results of operations and prepare and interpret financial statements. They advise management in their planning, directing and coordinating efforts. They advance through organizations to become accounting managers, budget directors, controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, corporation presidents, and internal auditors. They have the opportunity to obtain professional certification and designations such as CPA, CFP, CFE, CMA, CIA.

The ASA program provides a foundation level of knowledge, skills, and abilities designed to support entry- level accounting, non-profit, government, and business positions.

Accounting Specialties:*

As Accountants advance in their careers, they may choose to specialize in a particular field, such as assurance services, risk management, or healthcare. Career paths also include Public Accountants, Government Accountants, Management Accountants, and Internal Auditors. 

The foundations for entry level positions are the focus of the ASA degree. There are many options when choosing a career in Accounting, get started with Hodges University's Associate in Science in Accounting today!

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-1 11/19/2013

 

Careers

What Is The Accounting Career Outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. There are several factors leading to the growth of this sector. Corporate scandals, financial crises, stricter financial laws, and more financial regulations will all positively affect the demand for accounting services as organizations strive to understand and abide by requirements that are in a state of flux.*

Bright Outlook Occupation**

O*Net Online also has a positive outlook for accounting and related careers.  Their website classifies Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk positions as Bright Outlook occupations. This means these jobs are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

Accounting Careers

ENTRY LEVEL ACCOUNTING CAREERS
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Billing Clerk
  • Business and Retail Specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Management Trainee
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounting Associate
  • Entrepreneur

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6 11/19/2013

**Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-3031.00 11/19/2013

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Associate in Science in Accounting during any semester. All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward the Hodges University Baccalaureate Degree in Accounting. A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in 5 terms or just under 2 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Accounting Component

A. Accounting Core Semester Hour Credit
ACG2001 Principles of Accounting I

ACG2001 - Principles of Accounting I - 4 Credits

This introductory financial accounting course is the first of a two course sequence dealing with the information needs of a variety of stakeholders. Topics include the accounting cycle and bookkeeping process, assets, liabilities, owner’s equity, income measurement, cash flow analysis and fundamental financial statements. Specific emphasis is on the sole proprietorship and partnership entities.

Prerequisite: MAC1132 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
ACG2021 Principles of Accounting II

ACG2021 - Principles of Accounting II - 4 Credits

The second introductory financial accounting course continues coverage of accounting concepts as they relate primarily to corporations. In addition, a significant portion of the course focuses on managerial accounting concepts. Topics covered include corporate equity accounting, investments, financial statement analysis, break-even analysis, cost accounting models, performance measures, and budgeting.

Prerequisite: ACG2001

4
ACG3011 Federal Income Taxation I

ACG3011 - Federal Income Taxation I - 4 Credits

This is the introductory Federal income taxation course dealing with the taxation of individuals. Topics include tax research and procedure, gross income, exclusions, deductions, credits, net operating, passive, and hobby losses, cost recovery allowances, employee expenses, alternative minimum tax, capital gains and losses and nontaxable exchanges.

Prerequisite: ACG2021 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
ACG3101 Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis I

ACG3101 - Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis I - 4 Credits

This is the first of two intermediate financial reporting and analysis courses. It focuses on the theory, measurement and reporting standards of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the ongoing harmonization process of GAAP with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). Topics include accounting concepts, pronouncements, process, income measurements, present value concepts, cash, receivables, inventories, non-current assets, and current liabilities.

Prerequisite: ACG2021

4
ACG3121 Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis II

ACG3121 - Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis II - 4 Credits

The second intermediate financial reporting and analysis course deals with a continuation of GAAP and IFRS harmonization as applied to financial reporting. Areas covered include stockholders’ equity, earnings per share, investments, revenue recognition, accounting for income taxes, pensions, leases, cash flows, and financial reporting disclosures.

Prerequisite: ACG3101 and ACG3011

4
ACG2999 Comprehensive Exam

ACG2999 - Comprehensive Exam - 0 Credits

This is a comprehensive exam covering the core accounting and liberal arts courses studied in the Associate in Science in Accounting Program. Students must take this exam during their last semester at Hodges University in order to graduate.

0

Total Accounting Core
20

B.

Business Core


GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

4
MAN2010 Principles of Management

MAN2010 - Principles of Management - 4 Credits

A study of management processes, resources and various organizational structures. Special emphasis is placed on human resources, leadership styles, and motivational practices.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

4
ECO2013 Macroeconomics

ECO2013 - Macroeconomics - 4 Credits

A basic study of economics and cultural changes with research into the economics system; its development by free competition under the capitalistic system; the nature and evolution of money; the banking system; the laws of supply and demand; public production control.

Prerequisites: GEB1012, MAC1132

4
BUL3111 Business Law I

BUL3111 - Business Law I - 4 Credits

This course examines the history and development of the American legal system and the laws relevant to general business operations. These areas include, but are not limited to, an overview of torts, criminal law, contract, and sales law.

Prerequisites: GEB1012, ENG1101

4

Total Business Core
16

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component


CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 4 Credits

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

4
PSY1103 Strategic Thinking

PSY1103 - Strategic Thinking - 3 Credits

This course focuses on how critical thinking and attitudinal perspectives influence human behavior. Students are introduced to methods used in critical thinking, how attitudes are formulated and changed, how the human brain works and how critical thinking can be effective in higher education and their personal lives.

3
ENG1101 English Composition I

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credit

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

A basic study of economics and cultural changes with research into the economics system; its development by free competition under the capitalistic system; the nature and evolution of money; the banking system; the laws of supply and demand; public production control.

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

A study of the analysis and application of information systems. Data, business information and knowledge management, hardware and software tools, and personnel issues are the central management considerations in this course of study.

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4

Total Liberal Arts Component
24

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement

60

Benefits

How is Hodges University's Accounting Program Different?


Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need.

Our Cutting Edge Accelerated Curriculum

The Johnson School of Business provides students with a "hands-on" approach to today's business world. Our courses are taught by experienced accounting, business and finance practitioners, with outstanding academic and professional credentials, certifications and professional designations. They bring this unique combination of expertise to the students’ learning experience.

The ASA at Hodges University offers rigorous specialized instruction designed to prepare students to succeed at entry-level accounting and business positions. In addition to acquiring specialized skill-sets and knowledge in accounting theories and topics, students develop the quantitative, analytical, communication, and research skills demanded of accounting professionals in business, public accountancy, and industry today.

Courses in the accounting curriculum are structured in a variety of traditional and accelerated formats. Selected courses are offered online, on campus, or in a blended online/in-class format.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members recognize students as individuals with names, not just numbers. Faculty are readily available to meet with students in person, by phone, by e-mail, and through Blackboard virtual office.

Our Johnson School of Business faculty are experienced in the field, providing real-world, applied knowledge to their students. The ASA faculty are experienced accounting, business and finance practitioners, and have outstanding academic and professional credentials, certifications and professional designations. Faculty are sensitive to the unique needs of adult learners as well as traditional and online learners. Faculty provide a learning environment that both excites and motivates students to succeed. Faculty and staff also hold regular office hours, meeting with students either in person or by phone, by e-mail and through Blackboard virtual office.

Convenient Schedules

The ASA is suitable for either full-time or part-time study. Also, the convenient schedule and the applicability of the learning to the workplace attract full-time working professionals who are interested in pursuing their education without interrupting their careers. The learning is current, streamlined, accelerated, and designed to facilitate success in a rapidly changing and increasingly global work environment.

Your Choice

You can obtain an Associate in Science in Accounting (ASA) degree on campus, partially online, or in a blended online/in-class format. Choose the method that is most convenient for you!

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

Rewards Plan

Full time undergraduate students can take advantage of our Rewards Plan. Take an additional course at no extra cost and save up to 25% on undergraduate tuition.

Prospective students should contact Admissions at 844-HODGESU or admit@hodges.edu for more information. Current students should contact the Registrar's Office at 239-938-7818 or registrar@hodges.edu for more information.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I plan to take the CPA exam, and this school is preparing me to pass that exam (hopefully in one try) and fulfill my dream to open my own firm." - Gina Mauro, Accounting Major

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- Tamika Seaton

Bachelor of Science in Management

The Management Program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded background in the management discipline and is delivered in a fast-paced environment.

 
 
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