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Online
Bookkeeping Course

Bookkeeping Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-8 months, self-paced

Bookkeeping Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students for an entry-level position in an accounting department or firm and to effectively manage an individual’s finances or a small company’s books and records.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of this course will have the theoretical instruction and practical administrative skills to prepare them for entry-level bookkeeping positions.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Post entries in the journal, ledger and subsidiary ledgers.
  • Record bank transactions and reconcile bank accounts.
  • Prepare payroll records for processing.
  • Compile and organize financial information into reports, including the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of owner’s equity.
  • Implement GAAP procedures and policies.
  • Set up and manage a home-based bookkeeping service.
Online Bookkeeping school training outcomes

Curriculum

Instruction Pack I: Bookkeeping Concepts

Students learn about the importance of bookkeeping in today’s businesses. Key bookkeeping terms are defined, and students learn how to use accounting equations. This instruction pack covers the types of accounts businesses use, as well as how to interpret balance sheets and operating statements. Additionally, students learn how to follow a transaction through the entire accounting cycle, including recording transactions in journals, posting transactions to ledger accounts and identifying debits and credits. Students practice arriving at a trial balance and identifying common bookkeeping errors.

Instruction Pack II: Completing the Accounting Cycle

Students practice the detailed procedures of account payable and accounts receivable methods. They prepare a worksheet to summarize the entire accounting cycle and as a preparatory step to preparing financial statements. Additionally, students learn how to figure depreciation and sales tax, and perform accounting functions for merchandising businesses. Finally, this instruction pack reaches students to post to specialized journals and complete the accounting cycle by preparing a balance sheet and operating statement.

Instruction Pack III: Banking, Payroll and Computer Bookkeeping

Students learn how to close the financial books for a set period of time, handle checking accounts, interest, promissory notes and petty cash transactions, as well as reconcile bank statements. Students write payroll checks, figure payroll deductions and maintain employer’s payroll records. Finally, the students learn about computerized bookkeeping, including the importance of spreadsheets in the bookkeeping profession.

Instruction Pack IV: Daily Bookkeeping Procedures, Business Forms and Bookkeeping Simulation

Students learn how to apply daily bookkeeping procedures for businesses. Next, they learn the differences among partnerships, corporations and non-profit organizations, and how each type of business sets up the books. Finally, students demonstrate the skills they’ve acquired by performing a bookkeeping simulation project for a sole-proprietorship.

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