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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 the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Many HCC accounting faculty members have experience in the business and accounting industries, which translates to real-world relevance to the classroom.

  • Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, with over 136,000 job openings projected each year.* Many accountants advance their career opportunities by becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). 

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • 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 Associate in Applied Science (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
ICN 2000
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8640
Fax: (309) 268-7963


Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: (309) 268-8655

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: (309) 268-8639