Accounting Assistant

Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma

An Accounting Assistant performs entry-level bookkeeping and accounting work. Graduates may work in a small business and be responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping or work in a larger firm and specialize in a certain area under the supervision of an accountant. The program combines hands-on computer training with accounting concepts and procedures.

people taking accounting classes

Program Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
1010111200 Payroll Accounting 3.00
Description and Competencies

Teaches accounting procedures dealing with payroll, laws, and government requirements, including completion and filing of periodic reports. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

Competencies
10101112C00 Payroll Accounting

Students will prepare and report payroll records

3.00
1010111300 Income Tax Preparation 1 4.00
Description and Competencies

Studies current state and federal tax laws. Students learn to calculate and present gross income, deductions, exemptions, taxable income, tax liability, and tax credits on appropriate tax forms.

Competencies
10101113C01 Income Tax Preparation 1A

Students will learn and utilize the tax formula determine the taxability of income items.

1.50
10101113C02 Income Tax Preparation 1B

Students will accurately determine proper tax deductions and credits.

1.50
10101113C03 Income Tax Preparation 1C

Students will prepare a federal and state tax return from client data.

1.00
1010113500 QuickBooks Applications 1.00
Description and Competencies

Perform advanced level accounting functions in QuickBooks: complex daily transactions, payroll, month end, reports and budgets Prerequisite(s): 1010315500 QuickBooks Basics (C or better).

Competencies
10101135C00 QuickBooks Applications

Perform advanced level accounting functions in QuickBooks: complex daily transactions, payroll, month end, reports and budgets Prerequisite(s): 10103155C00 QuickBooks Basics (B or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

1.00
1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 2.00
Description and Competencies

Develops an understanding of the fundamental principles of accounting with an emphasis on the accounting cycle.

Competencies
10101151C00 Accounting Principles 1

Students will prepare financial statements using the generally accepted accounting principles for merchandising business.

2.00
1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 3.00
Description and Competencies

Extends students' understanding of accounting principles, including applications to inventory, accounts receivable, cash, and fixed assets. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better).

Competencies
10101152C01 Accounting Principles 2A

Students will explain accounting principles to account for inventories. Prerequisite(s): 10101151C00 Accounting Principles 1 (B or better).

1.00
10101152C02 Accounting Principles 2B

Students will apply accounting principles to analyze and account for and analyze receivables. Prerequisite(s): 10101151C00 Accounting Principles 1 (B or better).

0.75
10101152C03 Accounting Principles 2C

Students will apply accounting principles to account for and analyze cash. Prerequisite(s): 10101151C00 Accounting Principles 1 (B or better).

0.50
10101152C04 Accounting Principles 2D

Students will apply account principles to account for and analyze plant and intangible assets, including purchase, depreciation and disposal. Prerequisite(s): 10101151C00 Accounting Principles 1 (B or better).

0.75
1010115400 Accounting Principles 3 4.00
Description and Competencies

Extends and applies accounting concepts and principles to corporations and the analysis of financial statements. Partnership accounting is also introduced. Prerequisite(s): 1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 (C or better).

Competencies
10101154C01 Accounting Principles 3A

Students will prepare various accounting records for partnerships. Prerequisite(s): 10101152C04 Accounting Principles 2D (B or better).

0.75
10101154C02 Accounting Principles 3B

Students will apply account principles to account for equity financing. Prerequisite(s): 10101152C04 Accounting Principles 2D (B or better).

1.00
10101154C03 Accounting Principles 3C

Students will apply account principles to account for debt finance and time value of money. Prerequisite(s): 10101152C04 Accounting Principles 2D (B or better).

1.50
10101154C04 Accounting Principles 3D

Students will analyze financial statements and communicate results. Prerequisite(s): 10101152C04 Accounting Principles 2D (B or better).

0.75
1010210600 Business Orientation 1.00
Description and Competencies

Introduces students to the topics of business and allows them to experience the expectations and rigor of the program. Students also participate in self-assessments to provide feedback and self-awareness of the relationship between interest and aptitude for the program.

Competencies
10102106C01 Business Orientation

Business Orientation Introduces students to the topics of business and allows them to experience the expectations and rigor of the program. Students also participate in self-assessments to provide feedback and self-awareness of the relationship between interest and aptitude for the program.

1.00
1010212000 Business Law 3.00
Description and Competencies

Examines the law and the ways it can impact business operations, including the framework of the court system, contracts, torts, criminal law, business ethics, forms of business organizations, real and personal property.

Competencies
10102120C01 Business Law A

The student will learn sources of business law and be exposed to jurisdiction and the adjudication process

0.50
10102120C02 Business Law B

In this class, students will learn torts and the process of proving negligence. Intellectual property law including trademarks and patents are also covered.

0.50
10102120C03 Business Law C

Students will learn the basic requirements of contracts, how they may be breached and the process of collecting damages in a breach.

0.50
10102120C04 Business Law D

The UCC is introduced and the relationship between it and contract law covered. Students will learn obligations and remedies of both seller and buyer.

0.50
10102120C05 Business Law E

This class covers typical forms businesses may assume such as sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

0.50
10102120C06 Business Law F

This class will summarize the critical elements of real property, personal property and landlord and tenant relationships.

0.50
1010311500 MS Word Beginning 1.00
Description and Competencies

Provides practice in using basic word processing functions and features of MS Word.

Competencies
10103115C01 MS Word Beginning

Students will apply word processing features to create business documents.

1.00
1010312600 MS Excel Beginning 1.00
Description and Competencies

Develops skills in using basic spreadsheet functions of MS Excel for business users.

Competencies
10103126C01 MS Excel Beginning

Students will apply spreadsheet functions to create business documents.

1.00
1010312700 MS Excel Intermediate 1.00
Description and Competencies

Develops skills in using additional spreadsheet features including multiple worksheets, 3-D references, macro basics, charts, and databases. Prerequisite(s): 1010312600 MS Excel Beginning (C or better).

Competencies
10103127C00 MS Excel Intermediate

Students will apply advanced spreadsheet functions to create business documents. Prerequisite(s): 10103126C01 MS Excel Beginning (B or better).

1.00
1010315500 QuickBooks Basics 1.00
Description and Competencies

Students will process routine accounting transactions for service industry including company setup.

Competencies
10103155C00 QuickBooks Basics

Students will process routine accounting transactions for service industry including company setup.

1.00
1080119500 Written Communication 3.00
Description and Competencies

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

Competencies
10801195C00 Written Communication

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
2080121900 English Composition I

Develops expository writing and critical thinking skills, including clarity, concision, concreteness, and completeness of expression, supported by reasoning, organization, and language conventions.

3.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication 3.00
Description and Competencies

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

Competencies
10801196C00 Oral Interpersonal Communication

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00
2081020100 Fundamentals of Speech

Examines theory and process of communication, the role of speech in self-development, the art of persuasion, topic selection, the use of research-based evidence, and audience analysis. Includes organizing speech content, speech delivery, and critique via presentation of informative and persuasive speeches and development of effective extemporaneous speaking style. Students gain self-confidence, proficiency, and poise.

3.00
1080413400 Mathematical Reasoning 3.00
Description and Competencies

An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. Prerequisite(s): 7785478000 Principles of College Math (C or better) or Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or UW Math Placement Basic Math score >= 250 or ACT Math score >= 18 or Tailwind Math CMath Fund score >= 16.

Competencies
10804134C00 Mathematical Reasoning

An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. Prerequisite(s): 7785478000 Principles of College Math (C or better) or Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or UW Math Placement Basic Math score >= 250 or ACT Math score >= 18 or Tailwind Math CMath Fund score >= 16.

3.00
2080422000 Intermediate Algebra

Studies the construction and resulting properties of the real number system. Students simplify and factor algebraic expressions using fundamental laws and order of operations; solve first and second degree equations and inequalities in one variable, systems of equations, and exponential and logarithmic equations; graph first degree and second degree equations and inequalities in two variables; and solve equations involving rational expressions, fractional exponents and radicals. Prerequisite(s): 1083411000 Elem Algebra with Apps (C or better) or 1080413400 Mathematical Reasoning (C or better) or (UW Math Placement Basic Math score >= 365 and UW Math Placement Algebra score >= 300) or ACT Math score >= 20 or Tailwind Math CMath Fund score >= 47.

4.00

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

Image
icon of computer

100% Online

Image
icon of calendar

Multiple Start Dates

Image
icon of calendar and clock

Personalized Pace

Image
icon of instructor and student

Optional Lab Support


2020 Start Dates

January 8 May 8 September 2
February 3 June 1 October 5
March 2 July 6 November 2

2021 Start Dates

January 6 March 1 June 7
February 1 May 7 July 5

Approximate Cost

$5,036*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze basic financial and business information to support planning and decision-making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks

Your Potential Careers

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

Median Annual Salary

$33,801 $37,614 $40,049
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

Get Started

Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.

Related Programs

Become a Student

Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Prepare for College

Looking for Classes?

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year.
 
This program will cost $6,092.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
 
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $3,665.00 of debt.
 
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin
 
For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/search/?name=Nicolet%20Area%20Technical%20College&sort=salary:desc