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A degree in accounting can be the start of an exciting and lucrative career for those are detail oriented, organized, like working with numbers and computers, and enjoy preparing and analyzing financial data. The Accounting program provides students with training in manual and computerized accounting systems. Students are educated in the concepts of accounting principles, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, payroll, taxation, and auditing. Hands-on experience is gained in the use of accounting systems software. Students also receive practical instruction in Microsoft Office business applications with extended emphasis on Excel and Access.

Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Accounting A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTPs information. View TTP video

Need to enter the job market quickly?
The Accounting Technical Certificate prepares students for various entry-level positions within the accounting system of a company.

Advising Sheet Archives


2016–2017 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree

AS Degree

Technical Certificate


2015–2016 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree

AS Degree

Technical Certificate


2014–2015 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree
Computer Accounting

AS Degree

Technical Certificate
Accounting Technology


2013–2014 Advising Sheets

AAS Degree
Computer Accounting

AS Degree

Technical Certificate
Accounting Technology


Testimonials From Our Students

"I have enjoyed my time at Nashville State Community College (NSCC). Since I started at NSCC, I have gained knowledge that I need to better myself and go further with my education. Instructors are always available in class or outside of class to answer my questions. NSCC is a big school whose instructors give the attention expected of a small school. NSCC has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. I am grateful for all the hard work the instructors put in to help us succeed in the world. Instructors not only teach you the material, but also show you how to use that knowledge in the workforce." - Abikarim (“Abdi”) Elmi

“Nashville State Community College has been a rewarding experience for me. The class environment has always been positive. The instructors are dedicated, conscientious, student-oriented and were always available for one-on-one to answer my questions. And, with the help of many new student friendships, I was able to become a part of study groups that were geared toward class excellence. As a result, I graduated with honors! With a recommendation from the college, I was able to land a great job with excellent benefits in the healthcare industry with nearly a 50% increase in starting salary and opportunities to advance. I would recommend NSCC to anyone interested in a quality educational institution with great opportunities for a better future. The sacrifices of time and effort have definitely been worth it!” - Mary T. Bustos

"Every teacher I’ve encountered in the accounting department has gone out of their way to help me understand the complicated field of accounting. Their teaching through the use of examples on how best to work an accounting problem really helps. Mrs. Gershowitz taught me the fundamentals very well, which made the rest of my classes easier to understand." - David Sharp

Program Skills and Career Opportunities

A degree in accounting can be the start of an exciting and lucrative career. Since all businesses need accountants, the career options are virtually limitless.

The mission of the Accounting program is to provide a quality education in computerized accounting that will enable students to succeed in a career now and in the future. A degree in Accounting from Nashville State is a great place to start a career.

Graduates of the Accounting program should possess a(n):

  • Capacity for inquiry, abstract logical thinking, inductive and deductive reasoning, and critical analysis.
  • Ability to identify ethical issues and apply a value-based reasoning system to ethical questions.
  • Knowledge of the role of accounting information systems including the ability to gather, summarize, report, and analyze financial data.
  • Ability to prepare and know the purpose and elements of financial statements.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal tax laws and reporting.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of business and accounting application software to solve a wide range of business problems.
  • Knowledge of auditing concepts, methods, and processes of control that provide for the accuracy and integrity of financial data and safeguarding of assets.

Career Opportunities

  • Staff Accountant, Assistant Accountant, or Full-Charge Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk or Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Tax Preparer

Cooperative Education

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail

Program Faculty

Paul Koulakov, Associate Professor, 615-353-3404
B.B.A. Belmont University, 1980
M.B.A. Tennessee State University, 1986
Secondary Education Certification, Trevecca University, 1991
Real Estate Broker, Tennessee, 1986
Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1991

Philip Lee, Associate Professor, Southeast Campus, 615-916-5888
B.A. Freed-Hardeman University, 1983
B.B.A. University of Memphis, 1987
M.S. Middle Tennessee University, 1995
Certified Public Accountant, 1990

Maryann Ludden, Instructor, 615-353-3419
B.S. West Virginia University Institute of Technology, 1991
M.B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1997
Certified Public Accountant, Virginia, 2007

Karen Powers, Instructor, 615-353-3418
B.A. Baldwin-Wallace University, 1983
M.A. Tennessee State University, 2003
Graduate Certificate, Devry/Keller Graduate School of Management, 2012
Certified Public Accountant, Ohio, 1985

Laurie Lea Swanson, Assistant Professor, 615-353-3427
B.S. Tennessee Technological University, 1986
M.B.A. Tennessee Technological University, 1988
Certified Public Accountant, 2005

Program Accreditation - Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

The Computer Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)The following business degree at Nashville State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: A.A.S. in Accounting.

The Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Accounting students are eligible for membership in Kappa Beta Delta which is an international honor society established by the ACBSP to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Program Performance

Contact Information

Ruth Green, Division Secretary
Program Office: 615-353-3400

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Advising Sheets

Please see Advising Sheet Archives on the left for previous year advising sheets.

AAS Degree
Accounting AAS

AS Degree
Accounting AS

Technical Certificate
Accounting Technical Certificate

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

NSCC Career Services

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

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