Accounting FAQs

Getting Started

Harper College Accounting Department has a proficiency examination for ACC 101, Introduction to Financial Accounting. Learn more about proficiency exams at Testing and Assessment Center.

Prerequisites are put into place to provide for student success of not only the student meeting the prerequisites, but also for the class as a whole. 

Transferring Credits

Harper’s Introduction to ACC101 Financial Accounting  and Introduction to ACC102  Managerial Accounting transfer to most institutions. Other accounting courses may or may not transfer depending on the institution and the student's program of study. See an academic advisor/counselor to determine which courses will transfer.

Based on previous college credit earned you may qualify for an accounting certificate. See an academic advisor to be sure all your courses have been transferred to Harper.

Students that earned college credit from another institution should submit an official copy of their transcripts to Harper, and an official Request for Evaluation of Transcript Credit.  

Harper has transfer agreements with many four-year colleges. Students that intend to complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting should meet with a Harper academic advisor to map out a successful educational plan.

Learning Format

All Harper accounting certificates and degrees can be earned completely online.

The structure of each course depends on how the instructor of that course designed it. Departmental policy requires that all accounting courses have proctored examinations. This means that the student may be required to come to Harper’s Testing Center during certain testing windows (several days) to take exams. If Harper’s campus is not convenient for a student, the student may work with their instructor to find another acceptable proctored setting. Most community college and four-year colleges have testing centers that will proctor exams for students.

Blended courses offer flexibility to students by offering a portion of the class in an online format, but also have a face-to-face component to the course as well.

In their most common form at Harper, Learning Communities are two or more courses that:

  • Are taken together and linked by a theme.
  • Are collaboratively taught by faculty from two or more content areas.
  • Enroll the same students in both or all sections.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions. Students compare notes, discuss readings and develop organizational tools. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders. Supplemental Instruction is offered in select classes each semester. 

Internships and Job Placement

The Accounting Department does not offer internships for credit, at this time.

Harper's Job Placement Resource Center provides free services to students including: assistance with resume and cover letters, job interview preparation, and review of the "soft skills" required for today's workplace.