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What will I learn?

If you think accountants are just pencil pushers, hacking away in some drab cubicle to the buzzing symphony of fluorescent lights think again. Today's accounting careers are all about managing wealth, providing dynamic corporate solutions, and performing high-level reporting and auditing responsibilities.

For businesses in Southern California and beyond, an ever-increasing reliance on technology has placed tremendous value on college-educated accounting professionals with up-to-date software skills. Beyond just bookkeeping, today's accountants are involved in critical functions like fraud auditing, reporting, consulting, and advising.

Accounting Major
Staff Accountant Certificate of Achievement
IRS Enrolled Agent Certificate of Specialization

This curriculum provides fundamental accounting concepts for students who wish to pursue accounting degrees at four-year institutions. The program also prepares students with adequate accounting training for accounting and bookkeeping positions. All courses in this program satisfy semester unit requirements necessary to quality to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Students interested in becoming a CPA will find this program particularly useful.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Process and apply accounting transaction analysis into an accounting system.

2. Prepare the four basic financial statements.

3. Analyze results of financial information via ratios, relationships, and variance analysis to aid management decision making.

4. Utilize federal income taxation concepts to compile individual tax returns and forms.

Which department am I in?

Golden West College

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
US$7,368.00 per year
USD $377 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022


Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest Street,



92647, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants must have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old by the start of their first term.

IELTS - 5.5; iTEP Academic - 3.5; PTE Academic - 45; TOEFL iBT - 61; TOEFL PBT- 500; GTEC CBT - 1075; Duolingo Test for English (1st attempt only) - 85

All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines: July 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Golden West College

Based across over 120 acres of beautiful campus, Golden West College (GWC) is an open-access institution that offers academic quality and innovation.

  • Located on a beautiful campus in Southern California
  • Outstanding University Transfer Preparation programs
  • More than 60 major options across a range of disciplines
  • Part of the multi-campus Coast Community College District