School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754

Accounting Assistant

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 311011


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 

Portions of this program are offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

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 the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

4 credits


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