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Accounting at Aquinas College

Accounting and Auditing Certificate Program

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“According to the AICPA, non-accounting graduates now comprise more than 30% of the new hires in public accounting. Many of these professionals are working with accounting and auditing teams implementing technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and data analysis. The Accounting Department at Aquinas College is in a unique position to offer a certification program for these professionals to be more effective in a short period of time.”

David G. Echelbarger, CPA, CGMA
Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C.

About the Program

Technology has significantly impacted the accounting and auditing professions, opening the door to non-accounting professionals working side by side with accounting and auditing teams. The Accounting and Auditing Certificate Program (AACP) provides training for non-CPA professionals in financial accounting, accounting systems, and auditing with the primary goal of improving the effectiveness of audit teams in public accounting. IT professionals and engineers who work with accountants in corporations, government and nonprofits will also benefit from the program -- as will their employing organizations. The AACP is designed with the rigor of an Aquinas College accounting course, with successful completion of the program a notable achievement.

Program Details

  • Fall 2021 - Starts September 15
  • 10-week program consists of synchronous virtual sessions (Wednesday 7-10 p.m. ET) along with asynchronous learning
  • Led by team of three full-time Aquinas College accounting professors
  • Weekly homework assignments, periodic quizzes and exams and audit simulation

Your Investment

  • $2,500 program tuition includes all fees and access to customized ebook
  • Approximately 6-10 hours per week of study time outside of class

What We Cover

  • Accounting and auditing fundamentals
  • Financial statement and ratio analysis, accounting for specific balances
  • Introduction to accounting systems (link between IT and accounting), system risks, business processes and controls
  • Experiential audit simulation: audit purpose, risk assessment, materiality, controls, audit testing, reporting


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