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Online Accounting Course ACC 201 – Financial Accounting

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Register By: August 31 Classes Start: September 02

Gain skills and college credits in just 8 weeks

  • $990 course cost ($330/credit)
  • Upskill and earn college credits
  • 100% online, no set class times
  • Course only 8 weeks long
  • No application fee
  • No SAT/ACT scores required

Online Accounting Course Overview

Whether you’re looking to upskill for your career or get a jumpstart on your degree, SNHU’s ACC-201 Financial Accounting course can give you the skills you need to move forward.

Accounting is often referred to as the language of business. That’s because financial records and accounts are more than just numbers and figures— they tell the story of a business. So if you want to be able to tell that story effectively in a professional context, or gain a greater understanding of how to assess the financial health of a business or organization, accounting is the language you need to speak.

In this online accounting course, you'll learn the steps of the accounting cycle and how to prepare financial statements in accordance with industry established rules and regulations. Students will develop skills needed to analyze financial accounting information, communicate this information to stakeholders, and understand the accounting procedures that produce this information.

While there are many benefits to taking a single online course at SNHU—like ease of enrollment, short 8-week terms, and 100% online coursework—single courses open the doorway to wherever you're looking to go next. Whether it's transferring credits back to another institution, upskilling for your current role or to find a new one, or testing the waters of a degree program before entering as a student, the opportunities are endless.

For those looking to further their education in accounting, SNHU also offers an 18-credit undergraduate online accounting certificate, an online associate in accounting, an online bachelor's in accounting and numerous other undergraduate business degrees online and on campus that include ACC-201 as a major or core course. This means that you can take this course and be one step closer to a wide variety of degree programs depending on your educational and professional goals.


Throughout the 8-week course, students learn a wide range of accounting principles and practices—including the roles and responsibilities of the accountant, the accounting cycle, retail business and inventory, accounting for receivables, long-term assets and liabilities, accounting for corporate stock transactions, and more. In addition, students will learn how to analyze financial statements and assess a company’s financial health and performance.

The course also aims to provide hands-on learning experiences, using projects to help students familiarize themselves with real-world accounting tasks and problems. For example, you’ll learn how to:

  • Prepare a company accounting workbook using Microsoft Excel
  • Post company transactions (cash, accounts receivable, payable and equity accounts) to a ledger T-Account
  • Complete a Trial Balance (Summary of T-Account ledger balances)
  • Prepare company financial reports
  • Execute the Month-end close process

Where Can a Single Course Take You?

There are lots of advantages to taking a single course. Whether you want to grow in your current career, prepare yourself for a new one, or get one step closer to a college degree, an individual course is a great way to get started.

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Upskill for Your Career

SNHU courses focus on real-world, career-focused skills that you can use immediately in the workplace, or to help prepare you to advance in the field.


Earn College Credits

Course credits may be transferred to a degree program at SNHU or another university, depending on your university’s transfer policy.

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Finish in Just 8 Weeks

Not only is a single course low-commitment, but it’s a fast way to gain skills, college credits, and explore what it’s like to take courses at SNHU.

Zuzanna Buzzell

Created by experts with deep industry experience

"ACC-201 is a great introductory accounting course—including all the foundational elements anyone with career aspirations in business or accounting would find useful."

— Zuzana Buzzell, PhD, Associate Dean of Business

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online courses are among the lowest in the nation.

Non-Degree Seeking Coursework Only Course Cost Credits Earned
Online Undergraduate
$990 ($330/credit)

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Please note: Books and materials are not included in the above costs. Federal Financial Aid is not available, but you can use employer tuition benefits or tuition reimbursement if available to you. Contact your employer benefits manager to see if you have funds available, or talk to our admission team to learn about payment options.

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