Welcome to the Accounting program! Accounting offers a professional career opportunity with low rates of unemployment, excellent job security, and opportunities for advancement in manufacturing, service, corporate and non-profit settings.  Accountants play a critical role in today’s dynamic business environment by informing and assisting decision making, ensuring compliance with rules and regulations, and upholding strict ethical standards. 

As a graduate of the Accounting program at GTCC, you will have a broad range of highly marketable technical skills, including QuickBooks and Excel, and be equipped for immediate employment preparing financial statements and income tax returns, processing payroll and accounts payable/receivable, or performing other routine accounting functions essential to the day-to-day operations of firms. 

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Crystal Drum (Associate Professor of Accounting and Business) is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of industry experience. She has been at GTCC since 2008. Her prior accounting career includes work as a Controller in corporate accounting, a Finance Director for a non-profit organization, and a Project Accountant for a logistics company. She also previously taught part-time for University of North Carolina at Greensboro and High Point University.  Crystal has been a member of the NC Association of CPA’s, the AICPA, and the Institute of Management Accountants where she served on the local chapter board.  She has volunteered with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, as well as her church finance committee, serving for two years as the committee chair.  She thinks one of the best things about accounting is the variety and flexibility that this field has to offer and loves helping students discover the doors that accounting can open for them. 


  • Meredith College, BS in Business Administration/Accounting Concentration
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MS in Accounting
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 18 hours of Master’s level Business courses
    Certified Public Accountant, State of North Carolina

Dorothy Kennedy is an accounting professional with over 25 years of experience in the field. She has been affiliated with international accounting firms such as Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, as well as small CPA firms. In addition, she brings industry experience in not-for-profit businesses and hospital accounting and personal financial planning. She is a graduate of Central Wesleyan College and completed her graduate work at Clemson University with an emphasis in taxation. She has been teaching accounting for over 7 years. Her teaching career began at Augusta Technical College in Augusta Georgia before coming to GTCC. She teaches a variety of subjects and is a key member of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. She has an enthusiastic attitude that helps bring out the finest in students. Her mission is to help each student perform to the best of their ability. In addition to teaching she enjoys her family, pets and horses.

Mark Harrison (Associate Professor) teaches different Business Administration and Accounting classes.  Prior to teaching, he worked in a law firm as the accountant.  Dr. Harrison also has worked in a furniture factory, a cookie factory, corrugated box factory, and grocery stores.  He started teaching at High Point University from 1998-2000, GTCC in 2000-2006, and at Southeastern University in 2006-2015.  He returned to GTCC in 2015.  Dr. Harrison serves as the head of the audit committee at his local church.  He is committed to preparing students to be productive in their professional goals and to learn valuable lessons that will greatly enhance their lives.  His hobbies include swimming, traveling, and video games.


  • High Point University, BS in Business Administration/Finance Concentration
  • High Point University, MBA
  • Nova Southeastern University, DBA in Finance

Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 Option 3.

Both the Certificate and the AAS will give you options for gaining entry-level employment or assist you with career advancement in the accounting profession.  With the AAS Degree, you will gain more depth and training in accounting and complete general education and business coursework. 

In general, the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam as a North Carolina candidate is a bachelor’s degree (with at least 120 hours) including (or supplemented by) at least 30 semester hours in accounting. 

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than accounting, the Diploma program at GTCC can provide the necessary 30-hour concentration in accounting as required by the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners.  Please note that no more than six semester hours of accounting principles and no more than three semester hours of business law will be counted toward the 30-hour requirement.  It is your responsibility to verify with the NC State Board of CPA Examiners the courses you are planning on taking meet its requirements.

For more information about the requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam as a North Carolina candidate and to be licensed as a North Carolina CPA, contact:

North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
P.O. Box 12827
Raleigh, NC  27605-2827
Phone: 919-733-4222
Fax: 919-733-4209

To maximize the amount of credit hours that will transfer to the four-year school, you should earn an Associate in Science degree and not the AAS in Accounting.  The goal is to complete most of your general education requirements at GTCC and then complete your major requirements at the 4-year school.  We recommend that you work closely with your advisor at GTCC and the admissions office at your destination college to ensure you are taking the appropriate coursework.

You can earn your degree by taking classes on a part-time basis in the day or evening.  You can complete about two thirds of the required coursework online.  The remainder of the coursework – the higher level accounting courses – are only offered in a traditional seated face-to-face environment.