What do retail stores, construction companies, factories, and government agencies have in common? They all need accountants! Gain a competitive edge with an accounting degree from Pierce College.

Accounting Pathway

Workers trained in basic accounting skills are in demand across all fields. Pierce College Puyallup's accounting program can help you secure a stable future and a high-paying career as an accounting assistant or clerk, accounts payable clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.

Program Length

Certificates can be earned in three quarters to a year (40 to 43 credits). The associate in business takes about two years (90-plus credits).

Transfer Possibilities

Students who earn a certificate or associate's degree in accounting from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in the accounting field. Students intending to transfer to a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor and pursue an associate's degree in business with the direct transfer option.

Employment Possibilities

Demand for workers with training in accounting is high across all sectors of business and industry. Accountants are needed in the public and private sectors, as well as in not for profit agencies and service groups. The training received at Pierce College Puyallup provides the basic accounting skills needed to succeed in any of these fields.

Program Contacts

Suzanne Lozano
Assistant Professor