Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

Accounting

The Accounting program provides you with the educational background and training required for entry positions in private business and industry, governmental agencies, and public accounting firms. You will receive a foundation in accounting theory and practice as you learn to perform a variety of business accounting functions.

Pathway Certificate

A Pathway Certificate is an initial set of courses taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for entry-level employment. All credits earned in the pathway certificate can be applied to the diploma.

Investment = Education

Tax Preparer Assistant 12 Credits
OR
Payroll Assistant 13 Credits

How fast can I complete a certificate?

  • 6 semesters = 3 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 4 credits/semester
  • 1 semesters = 12 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Examples Median Salary*
Tax Preparer $33,322
Payroll & Timekeeping Clerk $32,497

Technical Diploma

A diploma is a set of course taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for a job in demand by local employers. All credits earned in the diploma can be applied to the degree.

Investment = Education

Accounting Assistant 34 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the Certificate:

  • 6 semesters = 4 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 7 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 11 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Bookkeeper $34,867

Associate Degree

A two-year, post-high school program with specific course requirements.

Investment = Education

Accounting 66 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 6 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 11 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 16 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Accountant $43,317

*Source: EMSI based on annual salary.