The Accounting program provides the educational background and training required for entry positions in private business and industry, governmental agencies, and public accounting firms. Students in this program receive a thorough foundation in accounting theory and practice as students learn to perform a variety of business accounting functions. Graduates are prepared for positions as junior accountants in public accounting firms, private industry, or government service.
Is This Program for You?
If you are an energetic self-starter, inquisitive, adaptable, analytical, and a forward thinker with good communications skills, you may have what it takes to be successful in the accounting field!
Students entering the Accounting Associate Degree program should:
- Have good analytical skills and work well with details.
- Like to organize information.
- Work well under the stress of deadlines.
- Associate degree requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Available in Face-to-face and online class formats.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August or January.
- Modified plans available.
- Articulation agreements in place for transfer to four-year university programs.
Related Degrees & Certificates
- Curriculum & Costs
Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.
Category Amount Tuition and Fees $4,713 Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614 Books and Supplies $2,061 Personal Expenses $2,245 Transportation $2,007 Charger Tech 360 Fee $600 Loan Fees $83 Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323 1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662
Based on Wisconsin Residents.
Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.
Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- Admissions Meeting: After applying and submitting transcripts, make an admissions meeting with the advisor by clicking "Make an appointment" in the Advisor block on this page.
Helpful Academic Background
- High school accounting
- Consumer math
- Computer skills
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- 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 organizational and/or individual tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
- Identify internal controls to reduce risk
- Utilize computers and calculators as they apply to the accounting profession
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Accounting Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
- Career Opportunities
Job openings in the accounting field are expected to remain strong. As all organizations, including government, public accounting firms, service businesses, financial institutions, and manufacturing companies, require accounting services. The following are some typical jobs that a graduate of the Accounting program may enter:
- Cost Accountant
- Public Accountant
- Staff Accountant
- Tax Accountant
- Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
- Account Manager
- Account Specialist
- Payroll Accountant
- Governmental Accountant
- Not-for-Profit Accountant
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Accounting Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-101-111 Accounting 1 CLEP Test - Financial Accounting 10-102-109 Business Law I CLEP Test - Introduction to Business Law 10-103-105 Beginning Microsoft Word 10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL 10-103-118 Intermediate Microsoft Excel Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 10-801-197 Technical Reporting 10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 10-809-195 Economics CLEP Test - Principles of Macroeconomics