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Accounting Assistant

31-101-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 32 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Clintonville, Online, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

As an accounting assistant, you’ll maintain timely and accurate records of daily business transactions, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventories, payroll and financial statements. Gain experience with QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and other software. You’ll also learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. With this diploma, you’ll be an asset to any business.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (26 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Spreadsheets, Beginning
Covers developing, constructing and printing basic business-related worksheets and reports using spreadsheet software. Students create, modify and print various charts based on worksheet data.
Coreq: MS Office Suite, Intro (10103120) or Microcomputer Applications (10107150) OR not pursuing a degree
Spreadsheets, Intermediate
Covers developing and editing business-related worksheets. Students examine various functions such as If, Round, Sum, Average and Pmt. They also use Data Tables, Goal Seek, Scenarios and Solver to assist in decision making.
Coreq: Spreadsheets, Beginning (10101145)
Financial Accounting 1
Prepares students to analyze, record, summarize and interpret accounting information. The course focuses on business transactions, financial statements, merchandising, inventory, special journals, internal controls, receivables, plant assets and payroll.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT (Read/Math) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not currently pursuing a degree.
MS Office Suite, Introduction
Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hand- on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Keyboarding Speed Development
Focuses on improving typing speed and accuracy through the use of skill-building software. Introduces data entry using the numeric keypad.
Math w Business Apps
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
QuickBooks Accounting Applications
Lays the foundation for students to gain experience using QuickBooks Pro. Students practice creating a company using a chart of accounts, creating vendors and customers, demo payroll, record transactions, and generate and use financial reports. Being familiar with Windows, business experience or completion of an accounting course is helpful.
Coreq: Principles of Accounting (10101107) or Financial Accounting 1 (10101180) OR not pursuing a degree
Spreadsheets, Advanced
Introduces spreadsheet topics and functions that enhance student expertise.
Prereq: Spreadsheets, Intermediate 10101152 and Financial Accounting 1 - 10101180
Financial Accounting 2
Presents basic concepts for partnerships and corporations. It introduces bonds, cash flow statement preparation, financial statement analysis, budgeting and job cost procedures. The course includes a practice set using job costing.
Coreq: Math w Business Apps (10804123); Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10101180)
Presents payroll calculation and preparation of payroll. Topics include federal and state laws, calculation and payment of payroll taxes, completion of government forms. Proficiency with electronic calculators is recommended.
Prereq: Financial Accounting 10101180 or admitted to Human Resource plan or not pursuing a degree
Advanced Payroll
Presents preparation of payroll-related journal entries. A computer practice set is included. Proficiency with electronic calculators is recommended.
Coreq: Payroll 10101194
Business, Introduction to
Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.
Accounting Internship
Provides on-the-job supervised work experience in the accounting industry. Weekly seminars and/or assignments emphasize career-related topics. Each student completes a minimum of 72 hours working as an intern along with classroom experiences

Occupational Supportive (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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