Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Accountant - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount  |  Burnsville  |  Online
 Accountant - Diploma 60 cr. Rosemount  |  Burnsville  |  Online
 Accounting Clerk - Diploma 32 cr. Rosemount  |  Burnsville  |  Online
 Small Business Accounting - Certificate 16 cr. Rosemount  |  Burnsville  |  Online
Program Datasheet: Download Accounting Datasheet  

Major Description

Accounting students are trained to analyze, interpret and record financial information regarding the operations and financial condition of businesses and organizations. Working with spreadsheet and accounting software, they acquire the skills necessary to prepare financial statements, tax returns, and government forms. Students also learn federal and state tax and payroll laws. Accountants need to be life-long learners with the ability to work with all aspects of business.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Accounting Advisor & Instructors
Natalie Cramer
Natalie Cramer
Enrollment Advisor
Marie Saunders
Marie Saunders
Lyle Stelter
Lyle Stelter
Nancy Shoemake
Nancy Shoemake
Patricia Weigand
Patricia Weigand
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Program Costs*

A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Diploma – 60 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $2,200 $2,200
Supplies $400 $400
Grand Total $14,024 $14,024
  Accounting Clerk
Diploma – 32 credits
Small Business Accounting
Certificate – 16 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $1,100 $550
Supplies $200 $100
Grand Total $7,392.80 $3,696.40

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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"What I enjoy most about DCTC is the great instructors. They take the time to help you with your academics and make sure that you understand the material. They want you to succeed."
Tracy Adamson
Accounting Student

Emily J. Berge-Emery
Emily J. Berge-Emery
Accounting Transfer Student
"I now find myself inspired and exploring possibilities that were otherwise unobtainable and I owe it all to DCTC."

If you are looking for a flexible online Accounting program, want a quality education or a solid foundation for continuing education and to be more than just a number, then DCTC is the right place for you. You will receive a quality education with knowledgeable instructors who are genuinely passionate and excited about the accounting world. Through hands-on practice, relevant coursework, detailed lectures, supporting instructors and an affordable price, you will be well on your way toward new career possibilities.

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Work Environment

Many companies require the ongoing expertise of an in-house accountant. As an accountant, you may find yourself working for a manufacturing firm, a hospital, a bank, an insurance company, or a private corporation. In addition, CPA firms, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations also hire accountants.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 15.7 percent in the U.S. and 12.8 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "There will be a need for about 8,210 new Accountants and Auditors to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Receivables/Payables Clerk
  • Cost Accountant

Gainful Employment Reports

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Transfer Options


Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Concordia University, St. Paul BBA Accounting View
St. Mary's University of Minnesota BA Accounting View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events


The Accounting program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our accounting instructors.

Accounting Events

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Clubs & Organizations


As a student in DCTC's Accounting program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Professional Organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Accounting students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all Accounting students:

Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in accounting, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

Lions Club
Lions are an international network of 1.3 million people from over 200 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Students will be able to help determine the types of services the club will provide based on the needs of the campus and surrounding community.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. There are nearly 100 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership skills. Students who compete and take first place in Minnesota will advance to nationals. Participation is SkillsUSA is a great addition to your resume!

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.