Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma

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Accounting may be your field if you enjoy the challenge of keeping records and tracking finances. As an accounting assistant, you may have full responsibility for bookkeeping functions in a small business or have a single task in a large accounting department. Hands-on computer training and classroom instruction provide a solid background in accounting concepts and procedures.

All courses in this technical diploma can be applied to Western's Accounting associate's degree if you choose to continue your education. Classes are offered in a traditional face-to-face environment, online format, through interactive distance learning, or a blend of the formats.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Accounting Assistant

This program will cost about $4,100* 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 Assistant 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding4
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$10.13
Hourly Wage Range$10.00 - $10.25
Median Annual Salary$21,060.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Administrative Assistant; Black River Child Care Center, Black River Falls, WI
  • Administrative Assistant; First Evangelical Lutheran Church, La Crescent, MN

Career Opportunities

Accounting Assistant
Account Clerk
Payroll Clerk
Accounting Aide
Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk

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 basic financial and business information to support planning and decision-making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Gainful Employment

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Accounting Assistant

Career Pathways

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