Accounting Assistant

Accounting Assistant video

Program Number: 31-101-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, West Bend, Online
FLEx Degree

Program Description

The Accounting Assistant program prepares students to perform entry-level bookkeeping and accounting work. Graduates may work in a small business and be responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping or work in a larger firm and specialize in a certain area under the supervision of an accountant. The program combines hands-on computer training with accounting concepts and procedures. It serves as a solid foundation for further study in the accounting field. Courses are directly transferrable into Moraine Park’s Accounting associate of applied science degree.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $27,037

Approximate Costs


  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Fall/Spring Semester

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

  • Program Outcomes

    • Process financial information according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
    • Maintain computerized accounting program.
    • Prepare payroll and payroll tax reports.

    Career Opportunities

    • Account Clerk
    • Bookkeeper
    • Accounts Receivable Clerk
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Payroll Clerk
    • Billing Clerk
    • General Office Clerk

    Admission Process

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

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    Number Title Crs
    Term 1
    101-112 Accounting 1 4
    101-138 Data Management, Analysis and Reporting 3
    101-141 Payroll Accounting 3
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    804-107 College Mathematics 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 19
    Term 2
    101-114 Accounting 2 4
    101-123 Income Tax Accounting 3
    101-154 Microcomputer Accounting Applications 3
    105-160 Business Law 3
    801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
    Total 16
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 35

    Exit Assessment

    Completion of 101-154 Microcomputer Accounting Applications is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.