Accounting, Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS)

Program Duration – 2 years | 1175 Clock Hours

Our Academic Director/ Controller is an active CPA with over 40 years’ experience. He recognized the need for an accounting program focused on applied skills to prepare students for a successful career in the field. 

Our intensive degree program in accounting provides a fundamental understanding of accounting principles and practices and how to utilize computer applications to perform accounting tasks. This program provides working knowledge and the skills to perform accounting tasks at different stages of a complete accounting cycle. Students compare and contrast different types of business entities and learn how to treat them differently, prepare various payroll and income tax returns, and effectively utilize computer applications to carry out accounting duties. Students learn various accounting and tax software.

Admission Requirements

Admission to LAPC requires an individual commitment to professional and educational goals and objectives. The applicant is admitted as a regular student provided the applicant:



  •  Is at least 18 years old;
  • Has a High School Diploma or its equivalent (GED, college transcript, college diploma, Notice of Intent to Transfer from the last school attended, etc.);
  • Passes an admission test with no less than the minimum score as established in the test publisher’s guidelines;
  • Passes with a Score of 28 or higher on the Scholastic Level ExamTM (SLE);
  • Demonstrates a desire to pursue a career in the field of study;
  • Conducts a personal interview with the Academic Director, as needed;
  • (International Students) Minimum TOEFL® score of 450 for TOEFL PBT, or 45 for TOEFL iBT, or a minimum Cambridge Michigan English Exam score of 54; unless the country of origin uses English as the language of instruction.


Prospective students are welcome to take a tour of the school and its facility. They also have the opportunity to observe and attend classes of their interest before enrollment, provided that prior arrangements have been made with the admissions office.



Each applicant accepted to our programs will complete a request for transcript form that will be sent to their secondary institution or sign a statement that they have a high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED).

Course LecLabUnits
Core Courses

ACT 100 Principles of Accounting I40404
ACT 120 Payroll Accounting20202
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Business Applications30303
ACT 140 Principles of Accounting II40404
CAC 120 Excel for Accounting40404
CAC 160 QuickBooks40404
CAC 170 Tax Software3002
CAC 181 Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, &Trusts50505
CAC 210 Advanced Accounting Software40404
ACT 160 Individual Income Taxes40404
ACT 180 Intermediate Accounting40404
ACT 200 Cost Accounting40404
ACT 220 Intermediate Accounting II40404
General Education
3 Required Courses
GEN 125 College Algebra
Mathematics Required
GEN 140 English Writing
Humanities Required
GEN 190 Introduction to Earth System Science
Natural/Applied Science Required
General Education
2 Elective Courses

Select 1 from each elective group
GEN 150 American History
Humanities Elective 1
GEN 160 Grammar Review
Humanities Elective 2
GEN 100 Principles of Microeconomics
Behavioral Science Elective 1
GEN 180 Introduction to Psychology
Behavioral Science Elective 2
General Elective Schedule Subtotal
(5 classes)

Total Clock Hours: 1175

Prospective Students Under 18

The State of California Department of Education requires students under the age of 18 to attend secondary school unless the 16- or 17-year old has completed high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE). On a case-by-case basis, applicants under 18 years of age who meet the aforementioned CHSPE  requirement may enroll with their legal guardian’s permission.

Start of Program

The program must have at least ten students enrolled to start, or it can start at the Academic Director’s discretion.

Individual Considerations

Since individual backgrounds vary greatly, applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Admissions Counselor meets with each applicant to determine whether the applicant possesses the necessary motivation and ability to benefit from the proposed program of study and to verify that all admissions requirements have been met.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Los Angeles Pacific College does not discriminate in admissions, counseling, training, placement, employment, or any activity on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or heritage, religious, philosophical, or political tenets, nor upon any handicap or medical condition. All applicants are interviewed and evaluated on the basis of their ability to be trained in their intended field of study.