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|Accountant - A.A.S. Degree||60 cr.||On Campus | 100% Online|
|Accountant - Diploma||54 cr.||On Campus | 100% Online|
|Accounting Clerk - Diploma||32 cr.||On Campus | 100% Online|
|Small Business Accounting - Certificate||16 cr.||On Campus | 100% Online|
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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.
The Accountant A.A.S. Degree provides basic and intermediate accounting skills to prepare students to enter the workforce as an accountant or to transfer and obtain advanced degrees. The Accountant Diploma provides basic and intermediate skills to enter the workforce as an accountant. The Accounting Clerk Diploma provides basic accounting skills to obtain a career as an accounting clerk. The Small Business Accounting Certificate is designed to provide accounting skills for an entrepreneur to start or manage a business, or for administrative personnel involved in the accounting function of a business.
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 Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.
I have been able to immediately bring knowledge and skills from class to work and apply them in real-world situations. And I was able to get a job working in QuickBooks after taking the certification, I had ZERO learning curve. I was fully prepared to jump in and immediately begin working in Accounts Payable in QuickBooks and I know my company appreciated the training I brought to the team. I so appreciate how much hard work, thought, and comprehensive instruction go into each class taught in accounting at DCTC. The instructors are amazing and have prepared me for a (continuing!) career in accounting and I thank you very much!!
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.
A.A.S. Degree • 60 credits
Diploma • 54 credits
Diploma • 32 credits
|Small Business Accounting
Certificate • 16 credits
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.
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 on Handshake. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
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.
Many companies require the ongoing expertise of a staff 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.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for accountants and auditors is in very high demand and there will be a need for about 26,113 new Accountants and Auditors to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
Graduates secure employment in positions such as Accountants, Financial Analysts, Financial Advisors, Payroll Accountants, Tax Accountatnts, Accounting Clerks, Receivables/Payables Clerks and Cost Accountants.
If you are looking to bring in any college credit, visit our Transfer To DCTC Resource Page and DCTC will help you through the process.
If you are looking to transfer to a 4-year institution after completing your degree, DCTC can help you through the process! Check out our Transfer From DCTC Resource Page.
Transferology is used to find out how your courses might transfer to DCTC and any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account for free and create a plan now!
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.
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.
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.
Rotaract is a club for students that volunteer as a team, plan activities and projects, motivate, inspire, and socialize. Rotaract is a division of Rotary International. Rotaract’s core goals are to serve the community, create professional development opportunities for students, network with our Rotary Clubs by inviting speakers and mentors, and be part of an international network of young leaders, and, most importantly, have fun!
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!