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Student Satisfaction
96% 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 $40,644.
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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 training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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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 2021-2022 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
    Second Semester
  • 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.

    Fall 2021 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2020
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2021

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2022

    Summer 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2021
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for these programs. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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:

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

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 42 57 74
      Number of Surveys Sent 42 57 74
      Number of Surveys Returned 33 29 30
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 24 18 27
      Percent Available for Employment 92.3% 90.0% 90.0%
      Not in Labor Market 9 11 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 34.6% 55.0% 6.7%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 21 15 23
      Percent of Graduates Employed 87.5% 83.3% 85.2%
      Employed in Related Occupation 17 7 9
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 81.0% 46.7% 39.1%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4 7 12
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 19.0% 46.7% 52.2%
      Employed - No Response 0 1 2
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 6.7% 8.7%
      Seeking Employment 3 3 4
      Percent Seeking Employment 12.5% 16.7% 14.8%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.5 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 26 20 29
      Very Satisfied (4) 16 10 16
      Percent Very Satisfied 61.5% 50.0% 55.2%
      Satisfied (3) 10 10 12
      Percent Satisfied 38.5% 50.0% 41.4%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 3.4%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 33 29 30
      Preparation for Getting a Job 10 7 10
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 30.3% 24.1% 33.3%
      Career Change 6 5 13
      Percent Career Change 18.2% 17.2% 43.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 4 5 6
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 12.1% 17.2% 20.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 10 11 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.3% 37.9% 3.3%
      Personal Interest 2 0 0
      Percent Personal Interest 6.1% 0.0% 0.0%
      Other 1 1 0
      Percent Other 3.0% 3.4% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 20 14 21
      Before Enrollment 6 6 5
      Percent Before Enrollment 30.0% 42.9% 23.8%
      While Attending the College 10 5 14
      Percent While Attending the College 50.0% 35.7% 66.7%
      After Training at the College 4 3 2
      Percent After Training at the College 20.0% 21.4% 9.5%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 21 15 24
      In College District 20 12 20
      Percent In College District 95.2% 80.0% 83.3%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 2 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 4.8% 13.3% 4.2%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 1
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 6.7% 4.2%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 2
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 8.3%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 4 7
      Average Monthly Wage $3,351 $3,844 $3,387
      Average Hourly Wage $19.48 $22.35 $19.69
      Average Work Hours per Week 41.0 41.6 40.9
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 2 1
      Average Hourly Wage $17.50 $14.00 $14.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 25.0 29.0 26.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      AJ Restaurant Accounting LLC Payroll Intern
      Bethesda Accounts Receivable Associate Watertown
      International Dairy Deli Bakery Association Executive Coordinator
      Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Accounting Assistant Middleton
      Park Bank Commercial Processor
      RPT Restaurant Accounting Accounting Assistant
      VA Medical Center Registered Behavior Technician
      Weishaar Family Farms Inc Office Manager Westfield

      * - 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)

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  • Friday: 8 am - 4 pm (Virtual Only)