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.
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
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:
- Bookkeeping Supervisor
- Office Manager
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 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 Semester10-101-1114 credits10-102-1343 credits10-101-1391 credit10-106-1093 credits10-801-1953 credits10-804-1443 creditsSecond Semester10-101-1134 credits10-101-1234 credits10-101-1411 credit10-114-1303 credits10-106-1901 credit
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 open
- Application completion deadline is July 15, 2023
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024
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.
- 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.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.
Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Accounting Assistant career.
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 Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 74 57 61 Number of Surveys Sent 74 56 61 Number of Surveys Returned 30 42 45 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 27 31 24 Percent Available for Employment 90.00% 91.20% 75.00% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 6.70% 32.40% 62.50% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 23 29 22 Percent of Graduates Employed 85.20% 93.50% 91.70% Employed in Related Occupation 9 22 17 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 39.10% 75.90% 77.30% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12 7 5 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 52.20% 24.10% 22.70% Employed - No Response 2 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 8.70% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 4 2 2 Percent Seeking Employment 14.80% 6.50% 8.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.4 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 29 34 31 Very Satisfied (4) 16 20 11 Percent Very Satisfied 55.20% 58.80% 35.50% Satisfied (3) 12 11 20 Percent Satisfied 41.40% 32.40% 64.50% Unsatisfied (2) 0 1 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 2.90% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 2 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 3.40% 5.90% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 30 42 44 Preparation for Getting a Job 10 15 11 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 35.70% 25.00% Career Change 13 8 6 Percent Career Change 43.30% 19.00% 13.60% Improvement of Existing Skills 6 8 5 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 19.00% 11.40% Preparation for Further Education 1 9 20 Percent Preparation for Further Education 3.30% 21.40% 45.50% Personal Interest 0 2 2 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 4.80% 4.50% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 21 29 22 Before Enrollment 5 8 5 Percent Before Enrollment 23.80% 27.60% 22.70% While Attending the College 14 10 8 Percent While Attending the College 66.70% 34.50% 36.40% After Training at the College 2 11 9 Percent After Training at the College 9.50% 37.90% 40.90% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 23 27 22 In College District 20 26 20 Percent In College District 87.00% 96.30% 90.90% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.30% 3.70% 4.50% Employer Location Unknown 2 0 1 Percent Location Unknown 8.70% 0.00% 4.50% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 18 9 Average Monthly Wage $3,387 $4,055 $4,013 Average Hourly Wage $19.69 $23.58 $23.33 Average Work Hours per Week 40.9 41.6 45.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 4 5 Average Hourly Wage $14.00 $17.25 $20.99 Average Work Hours per Week 26 21.8 27
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Baker Tilly Accounting Assistant Columbia County Accounting Assistant Portage CSM Companies Inc Accounts Payable Specialist Dept of Revenue Revenue Agent 2 Diesel Forward Accounting Assistant Windsor Explore Industries AP/AR Coordinator Knoxville TN Fairway Independant Mortgage Accounts Payable Analyst Graduate Hotel Night Auditor Hound Huddle Assistant Manager Oregon InterCon Construction Inc Accounts Payable Associate Waunakee KMA Accounting Associate Kollath CPA Staff Accountant Positively Booked (Self employed) Bookkeeper Tai Chi Health LLC Director
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Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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