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Student Satisfaction
90% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
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Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $48,660.
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Recent Graduates
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Accounting Assistant
Program Number: 311011
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Business
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Estimated Time to Complete:
30 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    The Accounting Assistant technical diploma program at Madison College provides you with the skills and confidence necessary to perform entry-level bookkeeping and accounting work for local employers.

    As an accounting assistant, you can work in a small business and be responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping or work in a larger firm under the supervision of an accountant and specialize in a certain area.

    Program Details

    Students in the Accounting Assistant program can attend full or part time.

    Accounting Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses: 

    • Madison - Truax
    • Fort Atkinson 
    • Portage 
    • Reedsburg
    • Watertown

    Careers

    Earning your Accounting Assistant diploma at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as: 

    • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
    • Billing Clerk
    • Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
    • Inventory Control Clerk
    • Office Assistant

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Accountant
    • Bookkeeping Supervisor
    • Office Manager

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    10-101-111
    4 credits
    10-102-134
    3 credits
    10-101-139
    1 credit
    10-106-109
    3 credits
    10-801-195
    3 credits
    10-804-144
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    10-101-113
    4 credits
    10-101-123
    4 credits
    10-101-141
    1 credit
    10-114-130
    3 credits
    10-106-190
    1 credit
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Summer 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Accounting Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Understand types of business organizations and their internal control structures.
    • Analyze and record financial transactions in a manual and computerized general ledger system.
    • Prepare financial statements according to generally accepted accounting principles.
    • Utilize current income tax resources to prepare personal income tax returns.
    • Process payroll transactions in accordance with current payroll reporting requirements.
    • Complete accounting cycle tasks using general ledger accounting software.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 57 74 56
      Number of Surveys Sent 57 74 56
      Number of Surveys Returned 29 30 42
      Percent of Surveys Returned 50.90% 40.50% 75.00%
      Available for Employment 18 27 31
      Percent Available for Employment 90.00% 90.00% 91.20%
      Not in Labor Market 11 2 11
      Percent Not in Labor Market 55.00% 6.70% 32.40%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 15 23 29
      Percent of Graduates Employed 83.30% 85.20% 93.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation 7 9 22
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 46.70% 39.10% 75.90%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 7 12 7
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 46.70% 52.20% 24.10%
      Employed - No Response 1 2 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 6.70% 8.70% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 3 4 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 16.70% 14.80% 6.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.5 3.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 29 34
      Very Satisfied (4) 10 16 20
      Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 55.20% 58.80%
      Satisfied (3) 10 12 11
      Percent Satisfied 50.00% 41.40% 32.40%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 2.90%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 2
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 3.40% 5.90%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 29 30 42
      Preparation for Getting a Job 7 10 15
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 24.10% 33.30% 35.70%
      Career Change 5 13 8
      Percent Career Change 17.20% 43.30% 19.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 5 6 8
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 17.20% 20.00% 19.00%
      Preparation for Further Education 11 1 9
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 37.90% 3.30% 21.40%
      Personal Interest 0 0 2
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 4.80%
      Other 1 0 0
      Percent Other 3.40% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 14 21 29
      Before Enrollment 6 5 8
      Percent Before Enrollment 42.90% 23.80% 27.60%
      While Attending the College 5 14 10
      Percent While Attending the College 35.70% 66.70% 34.50%
      After Training at the College 3 2 11
      Percent After Training at the College 21.40% 9.50% 37.90%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 15 24 29
      In College District 12 20 26
      Percent In College District 80.00% 83.30% 89.70%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1 2
      Percent of In Wisconsin 13.30% 4.20% 6.90%
      Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.70% 4.20% 3.40%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 2 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 8.30% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 7 18
      Average Monthly Wage $3,844 $3,387 $4,055
      Average Hourly Wage $22.35 $19.69 $23.58
      Average Work Hours per Week 41.6 40.9 41.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 4
      Average Hourly Wage $14.00 $14.00 $17.25
      Average Work Hours per Week 29 26 21.8
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      1-128 Infantry Battalion Battalion Supply NCO Eau Claire
      AJ Restaurant Accounting LLC Financial Accountant
      Apel Associates Accounting & Payroll Manager Prairie Du Sac
      Baker Tilly Accounting Assistant
      Carol A Valley CPA SC Tax Preparer Columbus
      Deja Food LLC Bookkeeper
      Easton Motors Staff Accountant Portage
      Frazer Consultants Staff Accountant Middleton
      Kane CPA Accountant Fitchburg
      Kollath CPA Associate Accountant
      Mad City Windows & Bath Staff Accountant
      Mad City Windows & Bath Accounts Receivable Specialist
      Miller, Brussel, Ebben & Gioeske LLC Accountant Portage
      Network Cabling Solutions Director Of Operations Middleton
      Orange Tree Imports Bookkeeper
      PPi Payment Specialist Verona
      Regent Mental Health Clinical Manager
      S&L Companies Accountant Portage
      Trek Bicycle Accounts Payable Specialist Waterloo
      Village Of Sauk City Accounts Payable Specialist Sauk

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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Main Building, D3631

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

businessandappliedarts@madisoncollege.edu
608.246.6003 (Ext. 8)

Hours

Summer Service Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday: 9 am - 3 pm In-Person, 8 am - 4 pm Virtual
  • Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm Virtual Only
  • Friday: 8 am - 12 pm Virtual Only