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Heartland Community College

Accounting Information

  • A background in accounting develops strong analytical and critical thinking skills. That foundation prepares you for employment opportunities in nearly every industry. Accounting courses at Heartland explore the fundamentals of accounting, industry practices and economic theories. You'll gain skills in managing financial transactions, accounting records, financial statements, reports and summaries. In addition, you'll learn about tax reporting, computer technology and general business skills.

  • As an accounting student at Heartland you can get involved in the Business Club and may be eligible to join the Phi Beta Lambda Honors Society. Many HCC accounting faculty members are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) engaged in active practice. That brings real-world relevance to your classroom experiences.

  • Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13% from 2012 to 2022. Many accountants advance their career opportunities by becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The number of jobs for individuals interested working as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks will remain steady during that same period*.

    * Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.s. Department Of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition

  • There are different paths into this field. Consider your career goals and personal interests, and then choose the option that best meets your needs.

    1. Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

    Associate in Arts - Concentration in Accounting

    If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as an accounting major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

    By continuing your accounting studies, and with license acquisition, you also may find employment as a(n):

    • Accountant/CPA
    • Auditor
    • Tax Accountant
    • Financial Manager
    • Budget Analyst
    • Inventory Control Specialist

    2. Earn your Heartland certificate and transition directly into the workforce:

    Paraprofessional Accounting Assistant

    This certificate provides foundational skills in basic accounting, payroll, accounts payable and tax preparation. You will have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials in bookkeeping and tax preparation, and will be eligible to sit for the IRS Special Enrollment Exam for Enrolled Agent status to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Upon completion of this certificate, you will be prepared to work as an accounting assistant year-round. You can further your education and career opportunity with the Business Technology AAS. 

    Bookkeeping Certificate

    The Bookkeeping certificate provides you with extensive knowledge and industry certifications in bookkeeping and payroll accounting functions. Upon completion, you will be prepared for success in positions such as Accounting Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, and Payroll Specialist. You can apply this certificate toward the Paraprofessional Accounting Assistant Certificate and further into the Business Technology AAS degree.  

    Enrolled Agent/Accounting Assistant Certificate

    If your goal is not only to become an Enrolled Agent but to obtain year round employment, you can earn an Enrolled Agent Certificate. This certificate provides the education to prepare you for the Enrolled Agent and also the Certified Public Bookkeeper Certification Exams. This certificate prepares you to work as an accounting assistant including courses in basic accounting, QuickBooks and payroll.

Contact Us

Business Department
WDC 1200
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8860
Fax: 309-268-7963

Email the Business Department

Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: 309-268-8655
Email: Jeremy.McClure@heartland.edu

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: 309-268-8639
Email: Brian.Brennan@heartland.edu