Accounting General Info

As an Accounting student, you will work extensively with all aspects of the accounting cycle to prepare yourself for entry-level employment in a variety of accounting and financial settings.

After the first two semesters of the program, you will be prepared for an entry-level position in bookkeeping and general accounting. If you graduate from the two-year degree program, you will have additional skills useful in a public, private, or government accounting career.

As the economy grows, the number of business establishments will increase, requiring more accountants and auditors to set up books, prepare taxes, and provide management advice.

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  • Associate of Applied Science Degree


  • Four Semesters
  • Clerical Accounting (option) – Two semesters; graduates receive a diploma
  • Fall semester entry for full-time students; part-time students may enter any term

Student Profile

  • Basic algebra skills
  • Reading comprehension and deductive reasoning
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Enjoys puzzle solving
  • Keyboarding and 10-key skills a plus

Program Location

  • This program is fully online; however, some courses are available on campus.

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
Fall Semester16
ACC131-APrinciples of Accounting I4
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
ACC161-EPayroll Accounting3
COM712-EBusiness Communications3
ENG105-AComposition I3
Spring Semester16
ACC132-APrinciples of Accounting II4
ACC311-AComputer Accounting3
COM741-EOral Communications3
SPC112-APublic Speaking3
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
PSY102-EHuman and Work Relations3
ECN120-APrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECN130-APrinciples of Microeconomics3
Clerical Accounting Diploma Awarded
Total Credits32
Course #TitleCredits
Fall Semester16
ACC191-AFinancial Analysis3
ACC221-ACost Accounting3
ACC231-AIntermediate Accounting I4
BUS185-ABusiness Law I3
MGT101-APrinciples of Management3
Spring Semester15
ACC261-AIncome Tax Accounting3
ACC232-AIntermediate Accounting II4
BCA360-CAccounting Spreadsheets2
BUS186-ABusiness Law II3
FIN121-APersonal Finance3
Total Credits63

*You must select a math course with an A suffix.
NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses. 

More Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Accounting graduates find work in bookkeeping, at CPA firms, and at banks.

$27,000–$33,000 a year.

There will be about a 50/50 split between lecture and “lab”. Lab work is paper, pencil and computer work.

This program is very inventive. The instructor is willing to try new learning techniques and ideas and see how students will grow using them. The advisory board also ensures that students are learning the appropriate things in order to become successful in their field after graduation.

Student Story Paige Van Den Top

“I am planning to become a Certified Public Accountant and knew I could start towards that goal by attending NCC. The College is close and affordable and has a flexible schedule. I’ve gotten great experience working with the VITA site, preparing taxes for those who need help.”

Accounting student
Rock Rapids, IA

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Sheila Drenkow

Tuition & Financial Aid