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.

Textbook instruction is supplemented with such software packages as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, MS FrontPage, PeachTree 2013, QuickBooks Pro 2013, and Payroll Integrated Accounting Software. Usage of this software is intended to augment course instruction while building the skills necessary for the profession of accounting.

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 more comprehensive learning experience.

Potential Job Titles

  • 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

Accounting Associate A.P.S. Degree

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-212 Intermediate Accounting II
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.

Accounting Transfer A.A. Degree

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.

Accounting Assistant Diploma

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

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name Accounting Assistant
Program Length 30 weeks
Cost of Entire Program  
   Total Tuition & Fees Required $4,672.00
   Books & Supplies  $1,600.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus $5,300.00
   Additional Cost $65.00
Debt at Program Completion  
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt $
   Median Private Loan Debt $
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt $
Completion Rate
50%
Job Placement Rate
0%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter. 13-2011 Accountants and Auditors
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2011.01
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school All 3 Grads are continueing education

Instructors

Dr. Dawn A. Humburg 515-574-1281 humburg@iowacentral.edu  
Stacy Johnson 515-574-1276 johnson_stacy@iowacentral.edu