Associate of Applied Science

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Accountants are in demand in every business and industry. It may be a good fit for you if you are detail-oriented, like to have things organized, and have strong problem-solving skills.

Businesses rely on their accounting departments to provide a clear, concise, and accurate financial picture and use the information accountants provide to make crucial decisions. Accounting relates to all aspects of an operation, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential. Payroll, accounts payable and receivable, budgets, and financial reports are some of the responsibilities of an accountant.

The associate’s degree program is designed for both the person looking for an entry-level position in accounting and the one who already has accounting responsibilities and would like to learn more. Instruction takes place in a traditional face-to-face environment, an online format, through interactive distance learning, or a blend of the formats. The Accounting After Hours program combines evening classroom instruction and online learning. Students learn accounting software, spreadsheet applications, and relevant technology.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $9,800* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Accounting 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding20
Employed in Related Occupation13
Employed in Non-related Occupations5
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2741
Median Hourly Wage$20.00 $14.50
Hourly Wage Range$18.88 - $20.00$11.50 - $19.00
Median Annual Salary$29,120.00 $31,200.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Accounting Administrator; MBA Architects, Inc., Holmen, WI
  • Accounting Assistant; Coulee Bank, La Crosse, WI
  • Accounting Associate; Fortney Co, La Crosse, WI
  • Accounting Assistant.; Pogreba Enterprises, La Crosse, WI
  • Accounts Manager; Vernon County, Viroqua, WI
  • Accounts Payable; Ashley Furniture Industries, Arcadia, WI
  • Accounts Receivable; Hot-Line Freight System, Inc., West Salem, WI
  • Cost Accountant; Hoffman Construction Company, Black River Falls, WI
  • Deductions Processor; Organic Valley, La Farge, WI
  • Human Resource Manager; Unknown
  • Inventory Associate; Organic Valley, Cashton, WI
  • Staff Accountant; CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Tomah, WI

Career Opportunities

Accounting Manager
Payroll Clerk/Specialist
Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
Cost Accountant
Tax Accountant

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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 organization and/or individual tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements




ACT: 13


ACT: 16

Transfer Agreements

Cardinal Stritch
Kaplan University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Silver Lake College
University of Phoenix
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Viterbo University

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