The Accounting concentration provides solid business fundamentals

100% Employed in Field

The PTI Associate in Business Degree with an Accounting Concentration features a specialization that is designed to provide a solid background in business fundamentals, followed by an in-depth study and application of accounting practices and concepts as they relate to numerous accounting challenges graduates may encounter in today’s dynamic business environment.

Coursework is structured to assist you in the development of your career goals as you acquire the knowledge and skills needed by industry-current accounting professionals.


  • PTI Students work closely in the field with General Managers and Corporate Director of Marketing to promote local businesses.

  • PTI Business Students take field trips to both large and small companies to meet company representatives and get first - hand information on the company.
  • PTI Accounting Students work in teams to buy, sell and trade stocks in real investment accounts in team competitiions as part of their accounting program.
  • Business Students organize, promote and run the BizThreads Professional Dress Sale which helps PTI Students dress professionally for internship and job interviews.
  • PTI Business Students work on numerous hands-on projects to build real world business skills.


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Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Employment

    PTI is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Business Degree with a concentration in Accounting.

    PTI Accounting graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in:

    • Accounting
    • Advertising
    • Banking
    • Computer Services
    • Credit and Collections
    • Customer Service
    • Education
    • Energy and Utilities
    • Healthcare and Medical
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
  • Key Skills

    In the PTI Accounting Administration Program you will learn key skills such as:

    • Management skills
    • Performing Presentations
    • Critical Thinking Skills
    • Decision Making Skills
    • Sales and Promotion Techniques
    • Social Responsibility
    • Personal and Professional Development
    • Solving Problems
    • Dynamic interpersonal skills
    • Computer skills and Information Technology
    • Accounting skills
    • Marketing new products
    • Creating a new business
    • Business Law
    • Creating business spreadsheets
    • Database Applications
  • Memberships

    • PTI is an active member in the American Marketing Association and our students attend regular events to meet industry professionals that can open doors for internships and job placement.
    • PTI is active in Alpha Beta Gamma and International Business Honor Society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business.
  • Courses


    Financial Accounting 1
    This course introduces the basic principles and procedures of accounting. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business transactions, cataloging, journal entries, posting to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements (income statement, owner's equity statement, and balance sheet).
    Financial Accounting 2
    In this course, students will examine additional accounting concepts as they relate to sales and purchase transactions, cash receipts and banking procedures and payroll. Students will be introduced to accrual accounting. Students will gain an understanding of various subsidiary ledgers related to the topics covered and revisit financial statements and closing procedures. Prerequisite: ACC100.
    Intermediate Accounting 1
    This course begins a comprehensive study of corporate accounting and focuses on the statement of cash flows, financial disclosure, and profitability analysis. Students prepare financial statements, complete balance sheets, formulate income statements, and analyze transactions and journals. Prerequisite: ACC110.
    Federal Taxes 1: Individual Taxation
    This course is a study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects individuals and sole proprietorships. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculation are emphasized. Appreciation, confidence, enthusiasm, and interest in tax topics is a hoped for outcome of students.
    Payroll Accounting
    In this course, students will learn all aspects of payroll procedures. Students will learn processing, tax withholding, pre-tax benefit plans, W-2 completion, W-4 completion, payroll tax filing and journal entry recording. Prerequisite: ACC110.
    Intermediate Accounting 2
    This course is a continuation of ACC120 Intermediate Accounting 1 and provides an in-depth study of a corporation’s economic resources. Students focus on cash and receivables, inventory measurement and issues, and the acquisition, utilization, and disposition of operational assets. Prerequisite: ACC120.
    Government and Non-Profit Accounting
    This course is designed to introduce the student to some aspects of accounting and control in government units and other non-profit organizations. The students will study the basic accounting concepts and practices used in governmental and non-profit agencies and gain a thorough understanding of the financial activities of non-profit and governmental agencies, budgetary accounting, and reporting procedures. Prerequisites: ACC100 and ACC110.
    Federal Taxes 2: Tax for Business Entities
    This course continues the study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects partnerships, corporations (including S corporations), and estates and trusts. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculations are emphasized. Prerequisite: ACC122.
    Accounting Information Systems
    This course provides the students with hands-on experience in applying fundamental accounting principles within a computerized environment. Using computer technology, students gain experience setting up and maintaining accounts, recording transactions in the general and special journals, preparing payroll, completing the accounting cycle, and setting up accounting records for new companies.


    Introduction to Business
    This course provides a thorough survey of major business functions, focusing on modern business procedures. Topics include international business, economics, management, marketing, accounting, social responsibility and ethics, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
    Computer Applications
    This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTI network.
    Spreadsheet Applications
    This course guides students with little spreadsheet experience and enables them to become knowledgeable, confident spreadsheet designers and users. The course utilizes hands-on examples, tutorials, and reinforcement to develop spreadsheet design in a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.
    Principles of Management
    This course provides an overview of the major functions of operational and human resources management. Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to integrate behavioral and systems approaches with traditional analysis and demonstrate Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement methods in the management process.
    Business Law
    This course provides students with detailed knowledge of the laws relating to contracts, commerce, property, business crimes, torts, and employment. Students develop an awareness of business situations requiring legal counsel and a familiarization with the overall structure of our legal system.
    International Business
    The study of international business concepts is designed to better prepare students to master the aspects of worldwide business functions. The course covers international trade, the international monetary system, and their relationship to business. Students also evaluate countries as potential sites for business operations.
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 3
    The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and become actively involved in industry related activities. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.


    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    Principles of Mathematics
    This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
    Personal Finance
    This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
    This course provides a survey of core economic concepts. Students are exposed to the ideas needed for a basic understanding of macro and micro economic principles.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    Human Relations in Organizations **
    This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.

    * Students in the Business Administration online program will be scheduled for GSI212 Career Exploration Capstone.

    **This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

  • Careers

    PTI offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTI graduates include:

    • H. J. Heinz
    • H &R Block
    • Verizon Wireless
    • PNC Bank
    • Calgon Carbon Corporation
    • Carnegie Science Center
    • Digital Picture, Inc.
    • Federal Express
    • Amcon Office Systems
    • American Red Cross
    • Beckwith Machinery Co
    • General Nutrition Center
    • Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.
  • Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

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