Vancouver Bookkeeping Programs
Diploma programs in bookkeeping aren't currently offered in the Vancouver, WA, area, but there are a couple of schools within about 40 miles of the city's center that offer courses in the field. Get some details on school stats in the table that follows and then read about the degree and coursework requirements for these institutions.
- Clark College is located about a mile from downtown Vancouver and offers programs that train students to work as bookkeepers or qualify them to transfer to a four-year college.
- Longview's Lower Columbia College, situated roughly 40 miles from central Vancouver, has an associate's degree program for accounting technicians.
Comparison of Schools
Take a look at the table below to learn more about each of the colleges. There's information on costs, student enrollment, graduation rates and more.
|Clark College||Lower Columbia College|
|School Type||Four-year, primarily associate's; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||10,000*||2,935*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,613 in-state; $8,966 out-of-state*||$4,275 in-state; $4,742 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||54%*||77%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||N/A*||61% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||25% (Students began in 2011)*||28% (Students began in 2014)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
The accounting certificate and degree are offered through the school's Business and Entrepreneurship programs. Computer labs are available around campus, and students may also check out laptops from the library. In addition to the following programs, Clark College also offers an evening accounting basics fast-track course for those who want to learn about bookkeeping without completing a degree or certificate program.
Accounting Clerk Certificate of Proficiency
This program requires 56-58 credits. Students learn manual and computerized methods of bookkeeping. Required general education courses include office English, business math and professional development. Students can learn keyboarding, calculator and computer skills in the program. Courses also cover computerized accounting and the use of Microsoft Excel. The end of the program includes a required cooperative work experience.
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
This two-year program requires 90-102 credits, which are transferrable to a four-year program in accounting if the student wishes to continue his or her studies in a bachelor's program. General education courses include English composition, computer skills, natural sciences and microeconomics. Major course requirements include macroeconomics, principles of accounting, computerized accounting and business law. Students can select course electives from business administration, microcomputer applications, economics and supervisory management areas of study.
Lower Columbia College
Lower Columbia College offers a traditional associate's degree in accounting for students who want to go right to work. The program allows students to transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor's degree.
Accounting Technician Associate of Applied Science
This program emphasizes accounting cycles and basic principles of accounting. Students study cash flow, inventory analysis, financial statements and human relations. The program includes courses in business math, database applications, spreadsheet manipulation and business calculators. Students complete an accounting cooperative work experience as a part of the completion requirements.