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Associate of Applied Science

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A degree in this field is a great return on your investment

Day, evening and weekend classes are designed for students with busy schedules

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Growing businesses, changing financial regulations and increased scrutiny of company finances have led to a growing demand for accounting and auditing clerks.

Equip yourself with the accounting expertise necessary for an in-demand career with an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting from Tidewater Community College.

Professors with real-life experience teach you the fundamentals of accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, management/cost accounting, taxation and auditing. Accounting students work with computerized accounting applications such as Microsoft Excel, Peachtree and Quickbooks as well as online research tools to develop the problem-solving and technical skills required to work in the public and private sectors.

Dedicated instruction is a cornerstone of the program; your accounting classes will never be larger than 24 students.

Coursework gives students the skills to sit for one or more certification exams administered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).Graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as accounting, accounts receivable/payable, bookkeeping, cost accounting and payroll. 

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Program vetted by an advisory committee of accounting professionals 

Gain experience in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program

Scholarships are available through the Virginia Society of CPAs


Meet TCC accounting professor Cindy Bird


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TCC offers free tax preparation to qualified taxpayers

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Accounting consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, online or on any campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
66 credits x $172.35 per credit = $11,375.10 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Where can you go?

Graduates can transfer credits directly into Virginia Wesleyan College’s business program, Strayer University’s accounting program or University of Maryland University College’s accounting program, with a business administration minor. Many students choose to continue their education in Old Dominion University’s School of Accountancy or business management program.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy problem solving
  • like working in teams