About the Program

The Accounting program provides students with occupational and technical instruction, continuing education, college-parallel courses, professional assistance, and resources for learning.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1, Enhanced Skills Certificate, Available Online


Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes



Students will complete cycle and prepare financial statements utilizing EXCEL or computerized software packages such as Quickbooks Pro.


Students will evaluate taxation issues and prepare tax returns utilizing computerized software package such as Tax ACT.


Students will reconcile and verify account balances and audit effectiveness of internal control on financial reporting.


Students will read (bypass distractors), Listen (focus on accounting concepts), Speak and Write (focus on financial reporting standards and guidelines).

Program Information

General Requirements

The Accounting program offers courses that qualify students for the CPA exam. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, 333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 900, Austin, TX 78701-3900, 512.305.7800, Fax 512.305.7854 has accredited these courses for CPA candidates. The website for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy is

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.



There are 33,961 Accountants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 9.0% over the next four years.

The annual job openings for Accountants is estimated at 1,994 job openings yearly.
Median salary is $34.11 hourly and $71,000 annually.



The Accounting Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized business accreditation association committed to advancing excellence in business education worldwide. Our member institutions share the common belief that an excellent business education is defined by professors who are committed to teaching, students who come from a diversity of backgrounds, and courses that provide relevant skills for real-world opportunities.

CHEA Student Achievement:

Accounting AAS Graduates 2018 - 34


Online Program Restrictions

Language Option Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. At this time, the only language option currently available online is Spanish. If you would like to take courses in a language other than Spanish, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. If an elective course is not available online, it will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Required Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. If a program requires participation in a campus-based course, the campus-based course will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Potential Course Restrictions
Some courses may require students to participate in campus-based laboratory sessions or proctored examinations. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.


Accounting CPA Program

General Information

The Accounting Program at HCC offers night and weekend classes approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPA candidates. This program was designed with the working professional in mind or those who have already received their bachelor’s degree and wish to prepare themselves to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) awarded Houston Community College the designation to offer “Qualifying Educational Credits for the CPA Examination.”

Specific courses meet the TSBPA’S definition of upper-division accounting courses required to take the CPA exam. These courses will allow individuals who have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from a recognized educational institution to gain the thirty advanced accounting hours required to qualify for the CPA exam, the three hours of Ethics and the 4 hours of Tax Research and Business Communications.


Steps to complete to enroll

  • You must have a bachelor's degree (in any field) from a U.S. university
  • Provide official transcripts for evaluation
  • Set up a meeting with Dr. Marina Grau for proper advising and guidance before registration.
  • Her contact information:
    Dr. Grau will evaluate your transcripts to determine which classes you have already taken at another college or university.
  • Make sure you meet with Dr. Grau each semester, to ensure you are following the right path to complete your courses and submit your letter of intent to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.


Accounting CPA approved courses

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Dr. Marina Grau


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