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Accounting - Associate Degree

As an accountant, you play a vital role in any business. You work with accounting systems, analyze business records, prepare financial reports, and supervise bookkeepers. You may work in any of the following specialties: accounts payable/receivable, payroll, inventory control, cost, public, tax, and governmental/nonprofit. With additional education and/or work experience, you may become an auditor, certified public accountant, controller, treasurer, or trust officer.

Program Code: 101011
Home » Academics and Training » Accounting
Area of Study: Business

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

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Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Accounting Assistant, 311011

Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Small Business Bookkeeping, 901011


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcript and college transcript (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Accounting associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 65
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle.
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision-making.
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 67% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Accountant: records and pays bills of the company, records receivables transactions, bills customers at regular intervals, records charges and payments.
  • Payroll Accountant: handles the payroll for a business; end-of-period reports; time cards; computes overtime, deducts taxes, and prepares payroll checks; and reconciles payroll accounts.
  • Inventory Control Accountant: records receipt and dispersal of goods using a perpetual inventory system, assigns costs using an inventory valuation method.
  • Cost Accountant: determines cost of products manufactured; determines variations from standards in labor, materials, and overhead; prepares budgets; and prepares various management reports.
  • Public Accountant: keeps records for small business; prepares payroll records; prepares financial records, income statements, and balance sheets.
  • Accountant: keeps financial records, prepares financial records (income statements, balance sheets, budgets, and summary reports), and analyzes accounts.
  • Tax Accountant: prepares tax returns for both state and federal governments, assists in tax planning and tax shelters, and files payroll reports and quarterly reports as required by government agencies.
  • Governmental/Nonprofit Accountant: keeps records of governmental/nonprofit agencies using the fund method of accounting.

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Controller
  • Management
  • Treasurer
  • Trust Officer

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.