Accounting Associate Program

The accounting profession is seeking highly-motivated, dedicated and well-educated people. The field is especially attractive and fulfilling to those who have good problem-solving skills and enjoy working with people.

The Accounting Associate Program offers students the opportunity to enter the work force after completion and/or further their education. Students progress through the sequence of courses their first year to obtain an Accounting Assistant Diploma. Upon successful completion of a second year of study, students will also earn an Associate of Professional Studies degree in the Accounting Associate Program. A third option also exists for those wishing to complete their Associate of Arts transfer degree.

Courses in the program are offered utilizing hands-on, active learning approaches. Strong emphasis is placed upon the use of technology, both as a method of instruction as well as a learning tool for students.

The two-year program culminates with the Internship, on-the-job training, in an accounting-related position with an area employer. The Internship affords students the opportunity to delve into an accounting-related position and gain valuable, real-world experience prior to a job search. It also links together accounting theory and practice with the working world to offer the student a morecomprehensive learning experience.

Accounting Certifications Available:

  • Microsoft Excel (Microsoft)
  • QuickBooks Pro (Intuit)
  • 10-Key Skills
  • Volunter Income Tax Preparer (Internal Revenue Service)
  • American Instittute of Professional Bookkeepers:
    • Adjusting Entries, Correcting Entries, Depreciation, Inventory,
      Internal Control and Fraud Prevention, Payroll, and Certified
      Professional Bookkeeper

Potential Job Titles

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  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Associate
  • Accounting Technician
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Billing Specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Cash Manager
  • Collections Specialist
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Finance Associate
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Junior Accountant
  • Office Manager
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Purchasing Clerk

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
OR
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-157 Statistics I**
4.0
OR
XXX-XXX Math Elective
ECN-120 Principles of Macroconomics**
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience*
1.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-311 Computer Accounting
3.0
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
3.0
OR
ACC-146 Managerial Accounting*
ACC-364 Excel for Accounting
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
ACC-108 Payroll Applications
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 3.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-211 Intermediate Accounting
3.0
ACC-221 Cost Accounting
3.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-932 Internship
3.0
ACC-701 Cert. Bookkeeping Review
3.0
ACC-266 Tax Accounting
3.0
XXX-XXX Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Accounting Associate A.P.S. Degree Total Hours: 66.0

*required for A.S. degree

**see A.A./A.S. degree requirements sheet

***Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix ACC with a "C" or better for Graduation.

Students taking the A.A. Accounting Transfer option will also receive the Accounting Assistant Diploma with the suggested sequence of courses. Course selection may differ depending upon the transfer institution requirements.

****Pending Department of Education Approval

The Numbers at Night program is desinged for working adults. All accounting courses are offered in a face-to-face classroom via night delivery on Monday or Thursday evenings and also via online delivery. The remainder of the courses are available via FlexNet, online, or night delivery.

Fall 2017 (1st Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-142 Financial Accounting**
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
SDV-116 Strategies for Online Academic Success
FlexNet
1.0
ENG-105 Composition I
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 10.0

Fall 2017 (2nd Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-146 Managerial Accounting**
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Spring 2018 (1st Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-311 Computer Accounting
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
FlexNet
3.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
Flexlab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 10.0

Spring 2018(2nd Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-108 Payroll Applications
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
ACC-364 Excel for Accounting
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Summer 2018

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-157 Statistics I
TBA
3.0
OR
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
FlexNet
3.0
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Fall 2018(1st Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-211 Intermediate Accounting**
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Fall 2018(2nd Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-221 Cost Accounting**
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
PHI-145 Introduction to Ethical Conflicts
FlexNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Spring 2019(1st Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-266 Tax Accounting
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30pm-8:05pm
3.0
ACC-932 Internship
1 hour arranged, 2 hours OJT
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Spring 2019(2nd Half)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-701 Cert. Bookkeeping Review
3.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
FlextNet
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Summer 2019

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Additional Summer Offerings

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
3.0
ACC-146 Managerial Accounting
3.0
ACC-364 Excel Accounting
3.0
ACC-932 Internship
3.0
**direct transfer accounting courses to Buena Vista University
***Pending Department of Education Approval

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-157 Statistics I
4.0
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-311 Computer Accounting
3.0
ACC-146 Managerial Accounting
3.0
ACC-364 Excel for Accounting
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
ACC-108 Payroll Applications
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-158 Statistics II
3.0
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Distributive Requirement
5.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0
 
Accounting Associate A.A. Degree Total Hours: 62.0
***Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix ACC with a "C" or better for Graduation.

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
OR
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-157 Statistics I**
4.0
OR
XXX-XXX Math Elective
ECN-120 Principles of Macroconomics*
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience*
1.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ACC-311 Computer Accounting
3.0
ACC-142 Financial Accounting
3.0
OR
ACC-146 Managerial Accounting*
ACC-364 Excel for Accounting
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
ACC-108 Payroll Applications
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Accounting Assistant Diploma Total Hours: 33.0

*required for A.P.S. degree

**see A.A./A.P.S. degree requirements sheet

***Program requirements: Must pass all classes with the prefix ACC with a "C" or better for Graduation.

Students taking the A.A. Accounting Transfer option will also receive the Accounting Assistant Diploma with the suggested sequence of courses. Course selection may differ depending upon the transfer institution requirements.

Gainful Employment Information

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Instructors

Dr. Dawn A. Humburg (Advisor)
515-574-1281
humburg@iowacentral.edu