Learning Goals

OSU-Cascades’ accounting certificate program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-accounting field. This is a post-baccalaureate certificate. OSU-Cascades does not offer a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Accounting certificate graduates will be professionally competent in the following areas:

  • Preparing financial statements in accordance with appropriate standards.      
  • Interpreting the business implications of financial statement information       
  • Preparing accounting information for planning and control and for the evaluation of products, projects and divisions. 
  • Judging product, project, divisional and organizational performance using managerial accounting information.    
  • Identifying organizational information technology components and risks that can affect financial systems and prescribing appropriate controls.     
  • Preparing business and individual tax returns in accordance with regulations of the appropriate authorities.          
  • Analyzing transaction data and tax authorities for purposes of tax planning.  
  • Designing an audit program to frame the various elements of planning, testing and reporting phases of an audit in the context of the overall audit objective, engagement risk assessment and internal controls.      
  • Applying auditing concepts to evaluate the conformity of financial statements with appropriate auditing standards.       
  • Analyzing internal controls and interpreting assessment of engagement risk. 

 Graduates will have professional values including:

  • Integrity and stewardship       
  • Service to the community and to the accounting profession  
  • Life-long learning

 Graduates will exhibit professional behaviors such as:

  •  Communicating complex ideas in writing and through oral presentations          
  •  Working effectively in diverse team settings        
  •  Effectively coordinating and motivating a group to achieve its best output