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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $51,600.
100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.
Finance Assistant
Program Number: 311144
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
31 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    The Finance Assistant embedded technical diploma at Madison College is comprised of a selection of courses from the Finance Associate Degree program. These core classes can be completed in one year, giving you the valuable skills you need to enter or move up in the workforce. 

    In these classes, you will explore:

    • Accounting principles, including an introduction to accounting software.
    • Federal and state income tax laws, with an emphasis on personal taxes.
    • Microsoft Excel; create professional workbooks, charts, macros, and work with financial tools.
    • Financial Institutions and their impact on the economy.

    You’ll leave Madison College fully prepared for your job or internship search. We’ll teach you effective techniques to present yourself to employers for job prospects or promotions. You will learn how to create or improve your resume and cover letter and polish your interviewing and networking skills.

    If you apply for the Finance associate degree, you will automatically earn this diploma after completing your first year of classes.

    Program Details

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

    Finance classes may be offered at the following Madison College campuses: 

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


    Earning your Finance Assistant technical diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Financial Assistant
    • Tax Assistant
    • Credit Analyst
    • Accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • 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

    Summer 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is July 15, 2024

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    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

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate 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, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    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. 


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

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  • Career Outcomes

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates168
      Number of Surveys Sent168
      Number of Surveys Returned166
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment132
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%100.00%50.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%100.00%100.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed132
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation132
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)33.33
      Number of Satisfaction Responses134
      Very Satisfied (4)010
      Percent Very Satisfied0.00%33.30%0.00%
      Satisfied (3)124
      Percent Satisfied100.00%66.70%100.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses166
      Preparation for Getting a Job001
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Career Change111
      Percent Career Change100.00%16.70%16.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills010
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%16.70%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education043
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%66.70%50.00%
      Personal Interest001
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%16.70%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses132
      Before Enrollment010
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%33.30%0.00%
      While Attending the College010
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%33.30%0.00%
      After Training at the College112
      Percent After Training at the College100.00%33.30%100.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses022
      In College District022
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count111
      Average Monthly Wage$3,096$3,308$4,300
      Average Hourly Wage$18.00$19.23$25.00
      Average Work Hours per Week404040
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count21
      Average Hourly Wage$16.75$16.00
      Average Work Hours per Week27.520
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      DMA Tax & Accounting ServicesCloser/Bank Reconcilation
      Epic Systems CorpAccounting AssistantVerona

      * - 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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