Accounting AS

You will be in demand with a career in accounting. Companies always need accountants to analyze their transactions and prepare their financial statements. Most business decisions are made based upon analysis of financial statements which are produced by an accounting team.

Do you want a career where you will be in demand, you will always be learning, your work will be interesting and you will meet with clients, attend meetings and prepare various financial reports? HCCC’s accounting program is a stepping stone to such a career. You will be taught by accounting professionals with years of experience who will help you to succeed in the field.  A four- year degree is needed to secure a solid job in accounting/finance as well as to sit for the CPA exam. HCCC’s program is designed to give you the first two years of a four-year accounting degree The degree will also provide a solid background for junior-level entry into the accounting workplace.

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See what our students have to say about accounting

Our students come together with passion to pursue their success in the business world. Listen to what they have to say…
Andres Pinargote
I was blessed to have great leaders, advisors, and professors that advised me to transfer my leadership skills in sports to the role of president of the business and accounting clubs.
Andres Pinargote
Accounting AS Graduate, 2016
Andres knew he had made the right choice in attending HCCC.
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If you can believe it, just five years ago I had no background in accounting and I did not know what I wanted to do in my life. HCCC gave me the start I needed and with the guidance and support from professors, I eventually got my associate’s degree. Now it is 2020 and I just passed the CPA exam with a master’s degree in Accounting. Your dreams start at HCCC.
Jieun Kim
Accounting AS Graduate, 2017
Jieun felt that coming to HCCC for the first two years was one of the best decisions she made.
Accounting A.S.


The two-year transfer-oriented A.S. in Accounting Program provides the first step towards professional licensure and certification in both public and private sector accounting. The program is designed for students seeking a four-year Accounting degree that meets eligibility requirements for the CPA or CMA exam. The degree also provides a solid background for junior-level entry into the accounting workplace. This curriculum includes training in computer-based accounting software and systems current in the accounting profession.


Complete the following groups:


ENG-101 College Composition I


ENG-102 College Composition II

Complete the following groups:


CSC-100 Intro to Computers and Computing


MAT-100 College Algebra


BIO-100 General Biology
BIO-120 Human Sexual Biology
CHP-100 Introduction to Chemistry
ENV-110 Introduction to Environmental Studies
SCI-101 Introduction to Physical Science


ECO-201 Principles of Macroeconomics

Complete the following groups:

COMPLETE ENG-112 and MAT-114

ENG-112 Speech
MAT-114 Introduction Probabilities and Statistics

Complete the following groups:




Deen Syed image
I graduated from HCCC in December 2018 and I will be graduating from Rutgers University Newark – Business School in December 2020. I intend to become a CPA by 2021. The knowledge I have gained from HCCC's accounting program prepared me for Rutgers University and to secure a position at KPMG, May 2021. My experience in the Accounting program at HCCC is quite memorable and I hope to share my experiences with students who are interested in accounting.
Deen Syed
Accounting AS Graduate, 2018
Deen was happy that he had decided to attend HCCC for his first two years of college.

Transfer opportunities

The majority of our students transfer to neighboring colleges, in particular Rutgers, to earn their Baccalaureate degree in accounting. Articulation agreements exist with these colleges and several of them have on-site local advisors ensuring that our student do not lose credits when they transfer.

Why Accounting?

A career in accounting will provide an opportunity to specialize in different areas. Some areas you can specialize in include Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Tax Accounting, Accounting Information systems, Internal Auditing, External Auditing, Management consulting as well Government and Not for profit Accounting. In addition you could end up working for the FBI, IRS, or SEC as these Government agencies hire many accountants.

Career Opportunities: 

Regardless of how the economy is doing, there is a need for accountants. For those continuing their education, opportunities exist in areas such as staff accountant and auditor at accounting firms as well as many businesses. For those not continuing, opportunities exist for bookkeeping, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, and payroll clerk.


According  to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for accountants is $71,550 but in the New York area it is $98,650. The median pay for Bookkeeping and accounting clerks is $41,230 but the median pay in the New York area, it is $47,220.


Why you should choose us to start your accounting career?

Our accounting courses are accepted by neighboring four-year colleges such as Rutgers’s University, St. Peter’s University, and New Jersey City University. Also we have numerous articulation agreements with other colleges.



We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Use one of the links below to start your journey at HCCC!

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Contact Information

Lester McRae, CPA, MBA
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Accounting
161 Newkirk Street - Room 222C
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4646

School of Business, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4630