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  Feb 22, 2018
2017-2018 Catalog

Accounting, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3400, Program Site, E-mail:

The following business degree at Nashville State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: A.A.S. in Accounting.

The mission of the Accounting program is to provide quality education in accounting that will enable students to succeed in a career now and in the future.

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting is designed to prepare students for employment in public, private, and governmental accounting as a paraprofessional. The program covers financial, managerial, and tax accounting using manual and computerized accounting systems.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Explain the role of accounting in business and how accounting information systems are used to gather, summarize, report, and analyze financial data.
  • Perform the steps in the accounting cycle, complying with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local, state, and federal tax laws and competence in tax planning and compliance.
  • Identify ethical issues and apply a value-based reasoning system to accounting issues.
  • Apply knowledge of business and accounting application software to solve a wide range of business problems.
  • Apply knowledge of auditing concepts, methods, and processes of control that provide for the accuracy and integrity of financial data and safeguarding of assets.

Career Opportunities

  • Staff Accountant, Assistant Accountant, or Full-Charge Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk or Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Tax Preparer

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all Accounting (ACCT) courses to meet requirements for graduation.


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Course Requirements

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (choose one)


Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective (choose one)

Administrative Professional Technology

Total Required – Associate's Degree: 61 Credits

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Second Year


* This course is part of the general education core.

Courses should be taken in the sequence indicated in order to ensure graduation on schedule.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, ACCUPLACER test scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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