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LSC-North Harris Accounting Department

What is an accountant?

Accountants help individuals and businesses manage money by setting up and maintaining accounting systems. They also support company operations through a variety of tasks such as preparing budgets, analyzing reports, studying company operations, preparing financial statements, performing audits, interpreting accounting guidelines and completing a variety of government reports.

Accountants often specialize in one area or industry. This can be auditing, corporate accounting, personal taxes, corporate taxes or not-for profit accounting.

Most accountants are detail oriented and have the ability to multi-task. Problem solving skills and mathematical aptitude are also keys to success in accounting. Additionally, accountants often work in teams and with other business departments. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential to success as an accountant.

Can I get a job?

Houston currently has a shortage of accountants. The Houston job market offers accounting graduates a wide variety of job opportunities. This includes industry accountants, public accounting, government accounting, small businesses bookkeeping or consulting.

Accountants usually start as general ledger accountants, bookkeepers or auditors. Typically, with experience and education, accountants have the opportunity to move into supervisory roles including senior accountants, managers, and even CFO’s.

LSC – North Harris Accounting Program Mission

Lone Star College North Harris is a dynamic learning community that is distinguished by excellence in teaching. The college meets the needs of a diverse community through outreach, easy access, student support and highly qualified faculty and staff.

The LSC North Harris accounting program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of occupations in the accounting profession. LSC North Harris provides responsive and effective support services, learning resources, current technologies and information systems that enhance students’ learning experience. Smaller, more intimate classes, with personable attention provided by talented faculty is an LSC North Harris trademark.

The college offers flexible schedules to meet the needs of students. This includes day, evening, weekend and online classes.

LSC-North Harris is committed to providing education opportunities for the community by offering affordable tuition, financial aid, disability assistance and tutoring services.

LSC – Accounting Programs

Accounting, Level 1 Certificate – This certificate is for students who are planning to later pursue an AAS in Accounting or go directly into the accounting field after graduation with 18 credit hours (designed as a workforce training program).

  • Can be completed in about 6 months
  • Program contains 18 credit hours of course work
  • All classes can be applied towards the Accounting Associate Degree, below

Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree – This degree is for students who plan to go directly into the accounting field after graduation.  If the student plans to attend a four year university, the AAS in Business Administration is a better option.

  • Designed to prepare students for occupations in the accounting profession
  • Can be completed in about 2 years
  • Program contains 60 credit hours of course work

Business Administration Associates of Applied Science Degree – This degree is for students who plan to go directly into the business field after graduation or pursue a four year degree at a university.

  • Designed to prepare students for occupations in the business profession
  • Can be completed in about 2 years
  • Program contains 60 credit hours of course work
  • Classes designed to transfer towards business degree at a four year university

Advanced Technical Certification in Professional Accountancy – This certificate is designed for students who have a Bachelor’s degree, but still need additional hours to sit for the CPA Exam.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University

§  Note: If a student’s bachelor’s degree does not include ACCT 2301 and 2302, or ECON 2301 and 2302, the student will need to be complete those classes in order to be admitted into the certificate program.

  • Program contains 45 credit hours needed to sit for the CPA Exam
  • All students must have their transcripts reviewed, approved and advised directly by the accounting department before entering this program.

Contact Information:

Rafael Donoso
Chair, Business & Economic Department
Digital Technology Building, 101F

Charlotte Gore
Division Operations Manager
Academic Building 133A

Gloria Sanchez
Staff Assistant
Digital Technology Building, 101

Perry Sellers
Associate Professor, Accounting
Digital Technology Building 101D

Jeanette Carlisle
Associate Professor, Accounting
Digital Technology Building, 101B

Julie Duncan
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Digital Technology Building 101H


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