Business Accounting Clerk

Program Introduction

The practice of accounting is one of the oldest and most indispensable professions in business. Accountants are often responsible for producing and reviewing financial records for their employers, enabling managers and officers to make better, more informed decisions. With Brighton’s online programs, the prospect of a stable career as an accountant is at your fingertips.

Price: $2,994.00

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Time to Complete*: 798 clock hours or 9 months

*Estimated time includes instructional hours only and does not include certification exams or study time

Who Should Enroll?

Students seeking to advance in their current field, bolster their resume with additional skills, or change careers. The objective of the program is to empower students with the requisite knowledge and tools to gain entry level employment and beyond. The program will prepare students on the fundamental principles of accounting and present real-world opportunities for differentiation and growth.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion of the Business Accounting program curriculum, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Use popular bookkeeping software, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Post financial transactions into the appropriate software
  • Receive and record cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Input debits and credits into the software, assigning each to the appropriate account
  • Produce reports such as balance sheets, income statements, and totals by account
  • Check for accuracy in figures, postings, and reports
  • Reconcile and report any differences they find in the records

The following courses are included in the Business Accounting program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning.

Business Accounting Courses

Course ID Course Name
ACC101 Introduction to Accounting
This course is an introduction to accounting that provides an overview of the fundamental principles used by corporations to record financial transactions. It includes key terms used by accounting professionals and covers the following topics: the accounting equation, financial statements, recording of business transactions, trading business vs. service business, accounting journals, special controls for accounting for cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable, business assets, inventories, payroll and financial statements for partnership and corporate forms of organizations.
ACC114 Accounting I
This course focuses on financial accounting and reporting. Topics covered include accounting terminology and concepts, analyzing transactions, the double-entry framework, journalizing and posting transactions, adjusting entries, depreciation methods, tax and payroll requirements, financial statements and statements of cash flow. Prerequisite: MTH101.
BUS201 Introduction to Business
This course gives an overview of the basic functions of business and how they interrelate. Topics covered include fundamentals of economics, global business, e-business, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, management, finance and investment.
ECO210 Microeconomics
This course provides an introduction to microeconomics. The course focuses on choices made in households, firms, and governments and how these choices affect particular markets. Students learn to apply their own life experiences to key microeconomic concepts. Topics include economic systems, market structure and pricing, resource markets, market failure and public policy, and international economics.
ECO220 Macroeconomics
This course provides an introduction to macroeconomics. The course steps back to consider the big picture—the performance of the economy as a whole, as reflected by such measures as total production, employment, the price level, and economic growth. Students connect their life experiences to key macroeconomic concepts. Topics include fundamentals of macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, and the international setting. Prerequisite: ECO210.
ACT118 Accounting II
This accounting course is a continuation of Accounting I and focuses on specialized accounting procedures for merchandising business, partnerships, accounting for corporations and manufacturing businesses. Topics covered include corporations’ organization and capital stock, taxes, earnings, distributions, and the retained earnings statement, bonds, statement of cash flows, analysis of financial statements, departmental accounting, and manufacturing accounting. Prerequisite: ACC114.
ACT220 Managerial Accounting
This course gives an overview of managerial accounting. Students will develop a functional knowledge of basic managerial accounting principles. Topics include product costing: manufacturing processes, cost terminology, and cost flows; job costing, process costing, and operations costing; activity-based costing; cost behavior; cost-volume-profit analysis; relevant costs and product planning decisions; long-term (capital investment) decisions; the use of budgets in planning and decision-making; variance analysis—a tool for cost control and performance evaluation; decentralization, performance evaluation, and the balanced scorecard; financial statement analysis and the statement of cash flows. Prerequisites: ACC114 and ACT118.

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Technological change is expected to reduce demand for these workers. Software improvements, such as cloud computing, have automated many of the tasks performed by bookkeepers. As a result, bookkeepers will increasingly be hired on a contract basis through third party bookkeeping firms, rather than being held on staff. Demand for bookkeeping is tied particularly to the growth of small businesses, which tend to hire bookkeepers rather than accountants due to their relatively lower cost. Therefore, economic growth should create some openings for bookkeepers to keep these organizations’ financial records.

Career Opportunities

The Business Accounting program accommodates a number of career paths and interests for students that complete the course. Graduates can pursue positions as auditors, bookkeepers, clerks, and more under the supervision of another accountant. You could find business accounting clerk jobs in the following settings:

  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Insurance Companies
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Job Outlook

Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to decline 3 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Despite declining employment, about 170,200 openings for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


The median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $42,410 in May 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks, at (visited December 20, 2021).

Total Tuition $2,894.00
Enrollment Fee $100.00
Total Sales Price $2,994

Payment Plans

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All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit: Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

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Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check/Declined Check $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $336 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

Brighton is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. Upon completing your career training, you will have access to Brighton’s Career Exploration course. The course is designed to help you prepare for your job search and career. The course will cover important skills, including networking, career management, and building interpersonal relationships. The course also covers:

Personalized Resume Building

You can submit your resume through our online resume center. Our career placement coordinators will provide one-on-one consultations with you and personally review your resume.

One-On-One Cover Letter Assistance

You will learn how to build and design effective cover letters and follow-up letters. In addition, we will provide specific examples.

Interview Preparation

You will learn interview techniques and tips on how to answer the most commonly asked questions.