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.

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Program Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
1010111000 Payroll Accounting Foundations 2.00
Description and Competencies

Students will prepare and report payroll records.

1010115100 Accounting Principles Accounting Cycle 2.00
Description and Competencies

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

1010210600 Business Programs Orientation 1.00
Description and Competencies

This class helps new Nicolet students make a successful transition to the College. Orientation is a chance for students to learn College resources, practice pacing and time management, grit and the learning management system. Students also receive an introduction and have opportunities to practice professional business communication.

1010311500 MS Word Beginning 1.00
Description and Competencies

This course will cover creating a flyer, research paper, and business letter using Microsoft Word.

1010312600 MS Excel Beginning 1.00
Description and Competencies

This course will cover creating a worksheet and chart; application of formulas, functions, and formatting; and working with large worksheets, charting, and what-if analysis using Microsoft Excel.

1010312700 MS Excel Intermediate 1.00
Description and Competencies

This course will cover working with financial functions, data tables, amortization schedules, multiple worksheets, and workbooks; creating, sorting, and querying a table; and creating templates; importing data; and working with SmartArt, images, and screenshots using Microsoft Excel. Prerequisite: 1010312600 MS Excel Beginning (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

At A Glance

How You'll Learn

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100% Online

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

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Optional Lab Support

2022 Start Dates

January 5 May 2 September 6
February 7 June 6 October 3
March 1 July 11 November 7

2023 Start Dates

January 9 May 8
February 6 June 5
March 6 July 3


Approximate Cost


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

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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
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