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Jackie Ramsey

Jackie Ramsey

My entire life I knew I wanted a career in the healthcare field...I knew that I wanted more for myself and to provide for my family, so I decided to return to school to further my education.

Accountants play a vital role in the world of business. They are responsible for keeping accurate public records and ensuring an organization’s taxes are paid correctly and on time. Due to recent corporation scandals, an increasing number of accountants are employed to watch for any mismanagement of funds or fraud, and to ensure company compliance to tightening federal regulations regarding accounting and financial reporting practices. Typical daily duties include analysis and verification of financial data and reports, and communicating their findings to management/clients.

Accountants who render services to individuals are highly trusted by clients and often asked to not only prepare taxes, but also act as a financial advisor. Clients ask for help in creating a personal budget, managing investments and saving for retirement.

There are several specialties within the accounting field that a professional can choose, however they all stem from four main types of accountants:

    • Public accountants – The largest group of accountants, public accountants may perform duties related to taxes, audits, financial reporting, fraud investigation, and advising on employee benefits and asset security. Most public accountants hold the Certified Public Accountant credential and a large percentage run their own accounting firm or work for a public accounting firm that consults for businesses.
    • Management accountants – This type of accountant records and analyzes financial data for their employer. They are often part of a strategic planning or new product development team to report on financial information that executives will then use to make important business decisions. Other responsibilities typically include cost and asset management, budgeting and financial analysis/reporting.
    • Government accountants and auditors – These professionals work in the public sector and are employed by the government at the state, federal or local level. Accountants maintain and examine financial records for government agencies, and auditors conduct audits on businesses or individuals to make sure they are following regulations and paying taxes properly.
    • Internal auditors – Internal auditors examine an organization’s financial records to check for accuracy, fraud, waste, and proper security/management of assets. Additionally, internal auditors play a large role in evaluating the organization’s compliance with policies (both internal and external) and efficiency in their operations. They may also work closely with technology managers to review and evaluate the information systems.

Do you have the skills necessary to take on a bookkeeping challenge?

Success as a bookkeeper or accountant starts with attention to detail and skill with numbers. Most often this information is processed electronically, so you must be comfortable using computers and accounting software. In addition, you should enjoy paperwork and be able to work with minimal supervision.

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here .

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University does not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in most states/jurisdictions. Most states/jurisdictions require a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours, but this varies by jurisdiction) as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which this program does not have at this time, and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program. Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.

Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

Graduates of the Herzing University Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting Diploma program will have met the education requirement for the following certification opportunities:

American Payroll Association (APA)

  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) – This exam is for entry-level payroll professionals who wish to prove basic payroll competency. Examinees are given three hours to complete the 150 multiple-choice question electronic test. Upon passing, the credential is good for three years and requires continuing education credits to re-certify. These credits can be earned by taking courses, attending APA industry seminars and programs, or retaking the exam.

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