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Accounting, Banking, and Finance

Program Overview

The success of small and large businesses relies heavily on the expertise of finance and accounting professionals — they play an important role in tracking businesses' income and expenses and applying current finance and accounting industry practices, principles, laws, and security to evaluate the performance of businesses and make informed financial decisions to help prepare businesses to achieve long-term business and financial goals.

The Accounting, Banking, and Finance program will teach you the necessary skills to help get your foot in the door in a variety of accounting or finance career paths, including accounting in the public, private, and governmental sectors, forensic accounting, or as a financial analyst or financial manager.

Make it happen — enroll in the Accounting, Banking, and Finance program today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Scottsdale Community College?

Program Descriptions

The Accounting, Banking, and Finance program can help you gain the necessary skills to get your foot in the door in a variety of accounting or finance career paths, including accounting in the public, private, and governmental sectors, forensic accounting, or as a financial analyst or financial manager.

Accounting

Accountants and bookkeepers are constantly in high demand in all industries, from manufacturing to retail to government to hospitals to service industries. They maintain financial records for organizations and prepare financial statements to help management in decision-making. Both the Certificate of Completion in Accounting and the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting are geared for students who wish to pursue an entry-level accounting position in a small or medium-sized company. The programs provide training in financial and managerial accounting as well as payroll, computerized, and tax accounting.

Enrolled Agent (Tax Expert)

Are you analytical, organized, and detail-oriented? Do you have a strong code of ethics and a desire to help clients with tax-related issues? If so, you may enjoy a career as an Enrolled Agent. Enrolled Agents are tax experts who are federally authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Their expertise is invaluable, and they enjoy high prestige among tax professionals. Enrolled agents generally work in public accounting firms, corporate accounting departments, law firms, and banks and have high earning potential.

Securities Industry

Arizona is home to many large employers in the financial services industry, including Vanguard, Charles Schwab, Nationwide, and Bank of America. If you love dealing with money and working with people you may want to consider a career in this industry. Scottsdale Community College offers 4-credit and 16-credit Securities Industries Essentials [SIE] programs to help prepare you for the FINRA® SIE® certification exam. The SIE® certification is a valuable, nationally recognized verification of your knowledge of fundamental concepts of the securities industry. Courses include an overview of investments and an exam prep course. Upon completing these courses, students will be ready to interview for entry-level positions in the securities industry.

The 4-credit program can be completed in as little as three weeks, and is specifically designed to help you get ready for the FINRA® SIE® certification exam. The 16-credit Securities Industry Essentials certificate program teaches professional business skills in addition to preparing you for the SIE exam. The 16-credit program can be completed in as little at 16 weeks, and will help you understand fundamental concepts of the securities industry. The knowledge and skills can set apart when you ire applying for a job in this field.

Make it happen — enroll in the Accounting, Banking, and Finance program today!

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Business or accounting internships
  • DECA (student business association with professional development opportunities)
  • Service learning and volunteerism
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program
  • Enrolled agent or accounting internships

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.