business-accountingThe practice of accounting is one of the oldest and most indispensable professions in business.  Accountants are often responsible for producing and reviewing financial records for their employers, enabling managers and officers to make better, more informed decisions. With Brighton College’s accredited online programs, the prospect of a stable career as an accountant is at your fingertips.

Program Overview

Who Should Enroll?

Students seeking to advance in their current field, bolster their resume with additional skills, or change careers. The objective of the program is to empower students with the requisite knowledge and tools to gain entry level employment and beyond. The program will prepare students on the fundamental principles of accounting and present real-world opportunities for differentiation and growth.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion of the Business Accounting program curriculum, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Use popular bookkeeping software, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Post financial transactions into the appropriate software
  • Receive and record cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Input debits and credits into the software, assigning each to the appropriate account
  • Produce reports such as balance sheets, income statements, and totals by account
  • Check for accuracy in figures, postings, and reports
  • Reconcile and report any differences found in the records

Course Outline

The following courses are included in the Business Accounting program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. This program has a total of 21 credit hours. Each course must be completed in 8 weeks.

Business Accounting Courses

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ACC 101
Introduction to Accounting
3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to financial accounting and reporting. Its focus is on accounting for professional service businesses, including healthcare and medical offices. Topics covered include accounting terminology and concepts, analyzing transactions, the double-entry framework, journalizing and posting transactions, adjusting entries, depreciation methods, tax and payroll requirements, financial statements, and statements of cash flow.
ACC 114
Accounting I
3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on financial accounting and reporting. Topics covered include accounting terminology and concepts, analyzing transactions, the double-entry framework, journalizing and posting transactions, adjusting entries, depreciation methods, tax and payroll requirements, financial statements, and statements of cash flow. Prerequisite: MTH 101.
BUS 201
Introduction to Business
3 Credit Hours
This course gives an overview of the basic functions of business and how they interrelate. Topics covered include fundamentals of economics, global business, e-business, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, management, finance, and investment.
ECO 210
Microeconomics 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction to microeconomics. Students learn to apply their own life experiences to key economic concepts while gaining understanding from today’s latest economic developments and examples, from the impact of the 2007–2009 recessions to the economic effects of the BP oil spill. Topics include economic systems, market structure and pricing, resource markets, market failure and public policy, and international economics.
ECO 220
Macroeconomics 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an introduction to macroeconomics. Students connect their life experiences to key macroeconomic concepts while learning from today’s latest economic developments and examples, from the impact of the 2007–2009 recessions to the stimulus package and the Fed’s aggressive actions to stabilize the economy. Topics include fundamentals of macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, and the international setting. Prerequisite: ECO 210.
ACT 118
Accounting II
3 Credit Hours
This introductory accounting course is a continuation of Accounting I and focuses on specialized accounting procedures for merchandising business, partnerships, and accounting for corporations and manufacturing businesses. Topics covered include corporations’ organization and capital stock, taxes, earnings, distributions, and the retained earnings statement, bonds, statement of cash flows, analysis of financial statements, departmental accounting, and manufacturing accounting. Prerequisite: ACC 114.
ACT 220
Managerial Accounting
3 Credit Hours
This course gives an overview of managerial accounting. Students will develop a functional knowledge of basic managerial accounting principles. Topics include product costing: manufacturing processes, cost terminology, and cost flows; job costing, process costing, and operations costing; activity-based costing; cost behavior; cost-volume-profit analysis; relevant costs and product planning decisions; long-term (capital investment) decisions; the use of budgets in planning and decision making; variance analysis—a tool for cost control and performance evaluation; decentralization, performance evaluation and the balanced scorecard; financial statement analysis and the statement of cash flows. Prerequisites: ACC 114 and ACT 118.

Career Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Technological change is expected to reduce demand for these workers. Software improvements, such as cloud computing, have automated many of the tasks performed by bookkeepers. As a result, bookkeepers will increasingly be hired on a contract basis through third party bookkeeping firms rather than being held on staff.  Demand for bookkeeping is tied particularly to the growth of small businesses, which tend to hire bookkeepers rather than accountants due to their relatively lower cost. Therefore, economic growth should create some openings for bookkeepers to keep these organizations’ financial records.

Career Opportunities

The Business Accounting program accommodates a number of career paths and interests for students that complete the course.  Graduates can pursue positions as auditors, bookkeepers, clerks, and more under the supervision of another accountant. You could find business accounting clerk jobs in the following settings:

  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Insurance Companies
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications


The median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $37,250 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $57,920.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–17 Edition, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks, on the internet at


Tuition & Fees

The total price for the Business Accounting program is $3,175.00.

Total Tuition $2,625
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $450
Total Sales Price $3,175

Payment Plans

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full for a total program price of $2,875 and save $300!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit Admission Procedures.



Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check/Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton College will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $336 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

Career Services

Brighton College is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. Upon completing your career training, you will have access to Brighton’s Career Exploration course. This course is designed to help you prepare for your job search and career. The course will cover important skills, including networking, career management, and building interpersonal relationships. The course also covers:

Personalized Resume Building

You can submit your resume through our online resume center. Our career placement coordinators will provide one-on-one consultations with you and personally review your resume.

One-On-One Cover Letter Assistance

You will learn how to build and design effective cover letters and follow-up letters. In addition, we will provide specific examples.

Interview Preparation

You will learn interview techniques and tips on how to answer the most commonly asked questions.