Accountants play a vital role in the world of business. They are responsible for keeping accurate public records and ensuring an organization’s taxes are paid correctly and on time. Due to recent corporation scandals, an increasing number of accountants are employed to watch for any mismanagement of funds or fraud, and to ensure company compliance to tightening federal regulations regarding accounting and financial reporting practices. Typical daily duties include analysis and verification of financial data and reports, and communicating their findings to management/clients.
Accountants who render services to individuals are highly trusted by clients and often asked to not only prepare taxes, but also act as a financial advisor. Clients ask for help in creating a personal budget, managing investments and saving for retirement.
There are several specialties within the accounting field that a professional can choose, however they all stem from four main types of accountants:
Success as a bookkeeper or accountant starts with attention to detail and skill with numbers. Most often this information is processed electronically, so you must be comfortable using computers and accounting software. In addition, you should enjoy paperwork and be able to work with minimal supervision.
The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid  . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf  .
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University does not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in most states/jurisdictions. Most states/jurisdictions require a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours, but this varies by jurisdiction) as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which this program does not have at this time, and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program. Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.
Graduates of the Herzing University Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting Diploma program will have met the education requirement for the following certification opportunities:
American Payroll Association (APA)