Accounting Programs near Reston
While no school in the Reston area offers diplomas in accounting, several have certificate and associate's degree programs. After reading profiles for three of these schools, take a look at the comparison table, which includes important school-specific data, like tuition and graduation rates. A short section that mentions two additional school options is included as well.
- Students interested in an entry-level bookkeeping program may consider Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, located about 30 miles from Reston, which has a certificate program in bookkeeping and a transferable associate's degree in accounting.
- Montgomery College, located in Rockville, MD, is the largest school profiled, only about 13 miles from Reston and offers an accounting certificate program.
- Prince George's Community College, about 30 miles from Reston in Largo, MD, has an accounting certificate program along with two associate's degree programs.
Comparison of Schools
Size of a school and the availability of financial aid can be important considerations. The table below has information about each school.
|Howard Community College||Montgomery College||Prince George's Community College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)*||9,110||21,260||11,788|
|Campus Setting||Small City||Small city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)*||$3,984 in-district; $6,240 in-state; $7,440 out-of-state||$5,322 in-district; $10,254 in-state; $14,034 out-of-state||$3,770 in-district; $6,050 in-state; $8,498 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2018-2019)*||58%||66%||73%|
|Acceptance Rate (2019)*||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate for full time students (2018-2019)*||69%||75%||64%|
|Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2016)*||24% (24% transfer-out rate)||22% (22% transfer-out rate)||12% (25% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Howard Community College
Howard Community College offers a two-year degree in accounting that is designed to enable a smooth transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a four-year school. The school also has a certificate program in certified bookkeeping that teaches basic accounting principles to students who intend to go directly to work.
Certified Bookkeeping Certificate
This 18-credit program requires the completion of six courses and equips graduates to take the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers' bookkeeping certification exam. Students can gain a basic foundation in accounting principles and learn to keep financial records for a business. In addition to accounting courses, students also take one course covering QuickBooks and another course in business ethics.
Associate of Arts in Accounting
In this two-year transfer program, students must complete general education requirements, including courses in English composition, history, literature, statistics and entrepreneurship. They can learn the principles of accounting and how to maintain financial records through basic and intermediate accounting courses. The program includes fundamental courses in business law, ethics and communication. Students can also become acquainted with the computer software used in the field of accounting.
Montgomery College's certificate program is intended for working individuals who want to upgrade their career skills.
This program requires 24 credits and can teach students to evaluate and record an organization's financial information. The certificate program meets the federal government qualifications for an accounting program. This program requires students to take a set of three accounting courses, and the remaining credits are attained through three accounting elective courses.
Prince George's Community College
Prince George's Community College offers a certificate program in accounting that gives students a foundation in the basics of the field. The school also offers an AAS program that prepares students for work. The school even offers some accounting courses online. Any student wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree should pursue the AAS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.
The 24-credit accounting certificate program requires two courses in the principles of accounting that cover accounting theory and applications. Students then choose 16 hours of elective courses to complete the program. Course options include cost accounting, QuickBooks, business law and statistics.
Accounting Professional Associate of Applied Science
In this program, general education requirements include courses in English composition, math and humanities. Program-specific courses include accounting principles, intermediate accounting, federal income tax, business law, cost accounting and information technology. Students also select elective courses, which may include marketing, management or economics.
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting Transfer Option
This degree program is designed so that the credits earned in the program can be used for a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. General education requirements include courses in English composition, a lab science, mathematics, information technology and social sciences. This program only includes two courses that cover the principles of accounting along with two business courses, since most of the curriculum consists of general courses that easily transfer to a four-year school.
Other School Options
About 11 miles from Reston, Northern Virginia Community College offers a one-year bookkeeping certificate. Frederick Community College is located approximately 35 miles away and offers certificates in business accounting and computerized accounting as well as an AAS in Accounting.