Business Administration—Accounting

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

Get the Training You Need for Today’s Accounting Careers

Calling all “numbers people!” No office or company can thrive without a competent, confident accounting staff. In just two years, the Business Administration–Accounting (BAA) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology will teach you specialized skills in cost accounting, financial statement preparation & analysis, and income taxes.


Using modern accounting technology, South Hills will prepare you to hit the ground running and be a valued part of your employer’s bottom line. Our two-year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program readies you for career options like:

Business Administration—Accounting

South Hills Students Visit Metzler Forest Products

As they prepare to embark on the 12-week internships required before graduation, South Hills School of Business & Technology's Business Administration–Accounting students got an inside look at a local business's accounting and finance department's operations.

Why South Hills?

More choices.

Business Administration—Accounting
With applications in nearly every industry, your South Hills degree can take you just about anywhere.

Small class sizes.

Business Administration—Accounting
Keeping our student-to-faculty ratios low ensures you receive the kind of one-on-one attention and mentorship you need to succeed.

Experienced instructors.

Business Administration—Accounting
You’ll learn from certified bookkeepers, business analysts and advisors with knowledge of every facet of the field.

Real-world job insights.

Business Administration—Accounting
A second-year internship will give you critical exposure to current practices and challenges.

Student Internship Locations

  • Shaner Corporation
  • State College Borough-Centre Tax Agency
  • Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
  • SCI Benner Township

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Through our educational training program, BAA students will develop technical knowledge across the major areas of accounting including theory, practice, application and ethical conduct. The BAA program prepares students to:

  • Utilize accounting software to prepare financial statements and bank reconciliations, pay vendors, depreciate assets, track inventory, and bill customers
  • Evaluate and audit internal accounting procedures/policies
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements
  • Prepare individual tax returns
  • Prepare payroll and payroll-related tax forms
  • Demonstrate compliance with business and tax laws

Course Highlights

  • Business Economics
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Auditing
  • Oral Business Communications
  • Payroll Accounting

Complete Course List

Business Administration—Accounting Course List

Business Administration–Accounting Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermAC125Accounting I4.560
GE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
PD110Professional Development224
Second TermAC223Accounting II4.560
GE184Business English II460
GE118Business Mathematics460
MG117Management I460
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
Third TermAC224Accounting III4.560
GE210Business English III3.560
AC126Fundamentals of Income Tax4.560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
AC121Payroll Accounting4.560
MG215Personal Financial Management2.536
Fourth TermIT234Advanced Microsoft Excel2.536
GE232Business Economics336
LE100Business Law336
AC116Computerized Accounting460
AC225Intermediate Accounting I4.560
AC127Professional Writing for Accountants1.524
CD207Job Search Skills224
Fifth TermAC214Auditing560
AC217Cost/Managerial Accounting4.560
AC226Intermediate Accounting II4.560
IT235Microsoft Access3.548
GE213Oral Business Communications224
AC228Topics in Accounting336
Sixth TermAC222Business Administration-Accounting Internship11330
CD107Career Preparation for Business Administration Accounting0.510
CD202Certification Preparation for Accounting221
121.5 Credits1,845 Clock Hours
Business Administration—Accounting

Bright Outlook Occupation


The field of accounting is very broad and can range from assisting others with personal finances to overseeing the fiscal operations of large corporations. There are many specialty areas available within the field of accounting such as grant management, fraud/forensic accounting, or income tax planning and preparation.

See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation

Meet the Faculty

Brenna Shutika

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus

Brenna's Biography

Wendy Eismont

State College Main Campus

Wendy's Biography

Matt Pulcinello

Instructor/Program Lead
Altoona Campus

Matt's Biography

Bob Helbig

Adjunct Instructor
Altoona Campus

Bob's Biography

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
Nicole Harris Staff Accountant IIIShaner Hotel Group
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Dan Dainty State Contract Manager NPC, Inc
Amanda Boring Administrative Assistant East Hills Engineering
Larry Sprankle General Manager Shoe Fly
Kelli Keller Payroll Office Penn State University
Brock Anders Junior Accountant Ward Transport and Logistics Corp.
Angela Whetstine Executive Director Blair County Tax Collection Bureau
Chelsi Tedeschi   Sheetz

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