Accounting Assistant


Student Satisfaction

96% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $40,644.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 311011

Credits: 30

Area of Study: Business

Delivery Method:
100% Online*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,230.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.

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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates425774
    Number of Surveys Sent425774
    Number of Surveys Returned332930
    Percent of Surveys Returned78.6%50.9%40.5%
    Available for Employment241827
    Percent Available for Employment92.3%90.0%90.0%
    Not in Labor Market9112
    Percent Not in Labor Market34.6%55.0%6.7%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed211523
    Percent of Graduates Employed87.5%83.3%85.2%
    Employed in Related Occupation1779
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation81.0%46.7%39.1%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation4712
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation19.0%46.7%52.2%
    Employed - No Response012
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%6.7%8.7%
    Seeking Employment334
    Percent Seeking Employment12.5%16.7%14.8%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses262029
    Very Satisfied (4)161016
    Percent Very Satisfied61.5%50.0%55.2%
    Satisfied (3)101012
    Percent Satisfied38.5%50.0%41.4%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)001
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%3.4%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses332930
    Preparation for Getting a Job10710
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job30.3%24.1%33.3%
    Career Change6513
    Percent Career Change18.2%17.2%43.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills456
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills12.1%17.2%20.0%
    Preparation for Further Education10111
    Percent Preparation for Further Education30.3%37.9%3.3%
    Personal Interest200
    Percent Personal Interest6.1%0.0%0.0%
    Percent Other3.0%3.4%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses201421
    Before Enrollment665
    Percent Before Enrollment30.0%42.9%23.8%
    While Attending the College10514
    Percent While Attending the College50.0%35.7%66.7%
    After Training at the College432
    Percent After Training at the College20.0%21.4%9.5%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses211524
    In College District201220
    Percent In College District95.2%80.0%83.3%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District121
    Percent of In Wisconsin4.8%13.3%4.2%
    Outside of Wisconsin011
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%6.7%4.2%
    Employer Location Unknown002
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%8.3%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count1447
    Average Monthly Wage$3,351$3,844$3,387
    Average Hourly Wage$19.48$22.35$19.69
    Average Work Hours per Week41.041.640.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count221
    Average Hourly Wage$17.50$14.00$14.00
    Average Work Hours per Week25.029.026.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    City of Madison Account Technician 2
    Dane County Humane Society AMS Operations Assistant
    Dane Manufacturing Accounting Associate/Office Manager Dane
    Ozuki Salon Accounting Assistant Washington DC
    Zimbrick Inc Accounting Manager

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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