Business Administration—Accounting

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available in State College and Altoona

Have a “head for numbers”? The South Hills Business Administration—Accounting program is perfect for you! No office or company can thrive without a competent, confident numbers person. In just two years, the BAA program at South Hills will teach you to be that person. As a BAA student, you will study cost accounting, financial statement preparation & analysis, and income taxes. Using the latest accounting technology, South Hills will prepare you to hit the ground running and be a valued part of your employer’s bottom line.

Our BAA graduates find career opportunities including Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and Controller.

Successful students in this program should enjoy mathematics and problem solving. Analytical skills are a big plus.

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BAA Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Business Administration – Accounting are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Accounting through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in only two years through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our BAA program will automatically transfer into the program. The customizable curriculum allow you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Business Administration—Accounting Course List for 2017-18

This program information appears in the 2017-18 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
AC115Accounting I560
GE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
MG115Introduction to Business 5.560
PD110Professional Development224
AC213Accounting II560
GE184Business English II460
GE118Business Mathematics460
MG113Management I4.560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
AC220Accounting III560
GE210Business English III3.560
AC123Fundamentals of Income Tax560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
AC121Payroll Accounting4.560
GE232Business Economics336
LE100Business Law336
AC217Cost/Managerial Accounting4.560
AC218Intermediate Accounting I560
CD207Job Search Skills224
MG215Personal Financial Management2.536
IT223Advanced Microsoft Excel230
AC116Computerized Accounting460
AC221Intermediate Accounting II560
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications224
AC222Business Administration-Accounting Internship11330
CD200Career Preparation0.510
CD202Certification Preparation for Accounting221

Careers in Business Administration—Accounting

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Business Administration—Accounting graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business Manager/Owner
  • Controller
  • Finance Administrator
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Staff Accountant

Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Blackboard (Schoolwires)
  • Center Tax Agency
  • Centre Chemical
  • Fullington Tours
  • Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital
  • Magnun Broadcasting
  • Mt. Nittany Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Torron Group

South Hills Business Administration—Accounting graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

  • Alk Source Materials
  • Centre Tax Agency
  • Continental Real Estate
  • Direct Tech Drilling
  • Harris Township
  • Juniata Valley Bank
  • Maxwell Trucking
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Shaner Hotel Group
  • Smeal College of Business, PSU

Brenna Shutika

BAA Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Brenna Shutika, the Coordinator of the Business Administration—Accounting program, joined South Hills as an accounting instructor in 2008.

In 2013 Brenna obtained her Certified Bookkeeper designation from the American Institute of Public Bookkeepers, a national certification… leading by example, as she prepares her own South Hills Accounting students for this certification.

Brenna graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining South Hills, she was the CFO for Woodcraft Industries, Inc. for 20 years. She also does consulting work on QuickBooks for clients of Dotts Hamilton, Inc. Tax and Financial Services of Bellefonte; and during tax season, she can be found preparing tax returns for individuals and partnerships.

Wendy Eismont

Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Wendy Eismont is an instructor, internship supervisor, and adviser for the Business Administration—Accounting program and has been at South Hills since 2008. Wendy graduated from Penn State with a BS in Accounting. She has lived throughout the country working in the Accounting field and has had jobs ranging from Auditor to Controller.

Barbara Krause

Full-time Instructor
Altoona Campus

Barbara Krause has been an instructor in the Accounting and Mathematics departments at South Hills since 2002. Barbara is an alumna of South Hills having graduated from the Business Administration—Accounting program and the Computers program. Barbara went on to continue her education in Accounting. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University.

In 1994, Barbara started her own accounting business specializing in income tax preparation and payroll services to individuals and area businesses. Barbara assists many clients in managing their personal finances.

Bob Helbig

Adjunct Instructor
Altoona Campus

Bob Helbig teaches accounting, economics, statistics, and other math courses at South Hills. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA and was awarded the Certified Management Accountant designation (CMA) in 2005. Bob has had a wide-ranging career that includes experiences as a business analyst for the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center and JARI, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, life insurance and securities registered representative, radio broadcaster, and professional musician. Bob resides in Altoona and is a politics enthusiast and part-time working musician.

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Linda WelkerManager of Tax ServicesState College Borough Tax Office
Jacqui FugeAssistant Manager of Tax ServicesState College Borough Tax Office
Bobbi Jo Shannon Accounting Manager The Torron Group
Shawnee MatisAccountantMaxwell Trucking and Excavating
Tammy BlakeAccountantNIS Group
Marty McGinleyStaff Accountant Shaner Hotel Group
Michele MillerTax SpecialistKeystone Payroll
Chelsea BoucherAccounting ClerkBellefonte Area School District
Melissa Elliot Accounting ClerkState College Area School District
Anya Vovchenko-SukhorukovFinance AdministratorHarris Township
Sue WiltCPASelf-employed
Josh BrickerStaff Accountant Shaner Hotel Group
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Angee RickardFiscal AssistantRaystown Developmental Services, Inc.
Dan DaintySenior EstimatorNPC, Inc.
Angie WhetstineExecutive DirectorBlair County Tax Collection Bureau
Anita FinneganControllerL.S. Fiore
Brock AndersJunior AccountantWard Transport and Logistics Corp.
Faith SwansonBusiness ManagerHuntingdon Area School District
Kelli KellerProgram CoordinatorBob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund
Adam McCoyCustomer Care ManagerApex
Alicia StrittmatterAccounting ManagerAmbess Enterprises, Inc.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Business Administration—Accounting Disclosures page on our website.