Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 97% Online

Accounting Transfer

Transfer to MSU Denver or CU Denver
Offered in the Classroom & 97% Online

Bookkeeping / Payroll

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 88% Online

Tax Preparation

Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 94% Online
Programs of Study

If you enjoy working with numbers, you are in luck because careers in accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll are in high demand. Accounting is a field ripe with job opportunities within various industries in corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. These types of jobs are usually in an office setting during regular work hours. Responsibilities include recording daily business transactions, preparing summary financial documents, filing taxes, billing and payment, budgeting, supervision, and management of an accounting department. You could even be your own boss.

CCD's accounting program prepares you with the necessary skills to succeed in today’s accounting workforce. As a student, you will learn general accounting and bookkeeping through recording daily business transactions, billing and payment processing, and financial statement preparation. You will also learn about basic tax regulations and be trained on industry-standard bookkeeping and tax preparation software.

Attend CCD for two years, obtain your associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. Learn more about CCD's accounting program and get started on a career today!

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers between 88 to 97 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

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Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fee listed here is estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions.

Course Description Fee
ACC 125 Quickbooks Testing Fee $100.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships! Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

The Associate of Applied Science in accounting transfer agreement with Metropolitan State University of Denver is designed to prepare you for seamless transfer into Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Bachelor of Science in accounting. This unique agreement allows for easy transfer of all 61 course credits within the degree. The coursework is designed to provide you with technical accounting skills as well as theory-based knowledge that will be built upon at the university level. This guaranteed course transfer agreement only applies to Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Bachelor of Science degree.

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Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in accounting (non-transfer degree) have the option to complete an accounting internship (ACC 280).

In addition, CCD partner with the Piton Foundation to provide free tax help to the Denver community. With this partnership, CCD students provide free tax preparation and in turn receive college credit and gain professional skills that will help them in their future careers.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to experience 10 percent growth for periods 2016 – 2026, outpacing the average growth across all sectors.  Bookkeeping and accounting clerks will have sustained numbers across the same time frame.

There are numerous job possibilities with an associate degree or certificate in accounting including:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Technician
  • Tax Preparer

Continue your education and in two years earn a bachelor's degree in accounting. This degree opens the door to many more job opportunities including:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax Associate
  • Chief Financial Officer

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks was $45,560 ($21.90 per hour) in 2021. For those with a a bachelor's degree, the median income was $77,250 (2021).

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks.

Program Outcomes

Total of 2019 Graduates
Total Students Employed in their Field of Study
Total Students Who Have Transferred to a 4-year Degree or Other Institution



The bookkeeping and tax preparation certificates both seamlessly transfer to the Associate of Applied Science in accounting. Complete a certificate and start working while you study and finish your associate degree.