Accounting Associate Degree

Program Code: 101011

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.

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

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.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

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

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.
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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.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

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