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Suryakant T. Desai, Ed.D., CPA, CFP
Phone: 972-860-8113 or 972-860-2968
Office: C215 or B116b




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Are you good with numbers? Do you have an organized mind that’s good with details? Do you want to improve your ability to work with figures, think critically and make informed decisions, whatever your career path? Are you looking for a job that will always be in demand?

Forget about stereotypes you may have about number crunchers with one-task jobs. Today’s hottest accounting job may require someone who is part accountant, part tax whiz and part financial analyst — and all up-to-date on the software applications to accomplish it.

Accounting principles and practices — and the analytical, communication and computer skills that accompany them — are critical in today’s competitive business environment. Even though it may seem to be highly structured, think outside the box: accounting affects virtually every business field and type, whether you’re an entrepreneur, CEO or everyday worker looking for a better financial future.

Small to large businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions — all need trained accounting personnel to make sure that financial transactions are handled properly and accurate records are kept. Workers entering this challenging profession may analyze financial records, manage budgets, perform cost analysis, evaluate taxes and more.

Check out a career in accounting today!

¡Bienvenidos a la Universidad de Cedar Valley! La facultad de contaduría les saluda e informa que ofrecemos un título de asociado y/o certificados en contaduría. Visita nuestra página web o contacte al Dr. Desai al sdesai@dcccd.edu para más información.

Accounting Degree and Certificate Options

Get started now in Accounting!Our Accounting program emphasizes internal accounting procedures and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as they apply to external reporting. You’ll learn the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising and manufacturing businesses, from analyzing and recording business transactions to preparing financial statements, reconciling bank accounts, depreciating plant assets and using different inventory methods.

We emphasize both manual and computerized applications, including general ledger packages (such as QuickBooks and Peachtree) and Excel. As an Accounting student, you’ll develop and improve your 10-key and word processing skills as well.

Our program design allows you to continue your training from one level to another in a building block format that saves you time and money. For instance, courses for the one-semester Accounting Clerk Certificate apply toward the Accounting Assistant Certificate, which you can earn the following semester — and then apply toward the associate degree in accounting.

You can also just take accounting courses to strengthen your overall education, as well as select business and accounting electives in areas of special interest or job opportunity.

The following Accounting associate degree and certificates are offered at all seven colleges of DCCCD:

  • The Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree provides preparation for various career opportunities in accounting, with specializations that include financial, managerial, cost, tax, and/or small business accounting. The goal is to provide a foundation for an accounting career that will include additional education and experience, with emphasis on internal accounting procedures and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The Accounting Assistant Certificate, a two-semester, 30- to 34-credit hour program, is designed to provide expanded knowledge of basic accounting and business principles while emphasizing communication and human relations skills necessary for career advancement. Courses required for this certificate are applicable to the Associate Applied Science Degree in Accounting.
  • The Accounting Clerk Certificate is a one-semester, 15- to 17-credit hour program designed to provide skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in accounting. Emphasis is on the development of basic accounting, spreadsheet, word processing, and ten-key skills. Courses required for the certificate are applicable to the Accounting Assistant Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting.

Mountain View College also offers the Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy, offering selected courses that will qualify for the uniform CPA exam and designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field with approved accounting coursework. Candidates must complete two prerequisite courses (ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting I and ACCT 2302 Principles of Accounting II), and be approved by the Mountain View College Accounting Department before being admitted into the certificate program.