Program Description

The Accounting Associate Degree program prepares learners to maintain accounting systems, analyze business records and prepare financial reports such as Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements. The program covers general accounting, individual tax, cost accounting, accounting information systems and other specialized areas. Prepares learners to earn the Bookkeeper Certification prior to graduation.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,106
Books & Supplies: $547

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk
  • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision making
  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • General Business Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Accountant


The Accounting Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Introduction To The Accounting Program 1.00
Accounting 1 4.00
Excel Level 1 1.00
Word Level 1 1.00
Quickbooks 1 1.00
Quickbooks 2 2.00
10-key By Touch 1.00
Math With Business Applications 3.00
College Mathematics 3.00

Second Term

Accounting 2 4.00
Cost Accounting 2.00
Cost Analysis 2.00
Excel Level 2 1.00
Intro To Ethics: Theory & App 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Third Term

Intermediate Accounting 4.00
Individual Tax Accounting 3.00
Payroll Accounting 3.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Microeconomics 3.00

Fourth Term

Accounting Information Systems 3.00
Accounting Capstone 4.00
Business Law 1 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00
Vita (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Experience 3.00
Mentored Business Experience 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Accounting Associate Degree:


This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213.
For additional information, please visit our Accreditation page.

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Bellevue University Online Bachelor of Business and Management
Franklin University Bachelor of Accounting
Lakeland University Bachelor of Accounting
Marian University Bachelor of Accounting
Ottawa University Bachelor of Accounting
Purdue Global Bachelor of Accounting
Rasmussen College Bachelor of Accounting
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Business Administration
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Upper Iowa University Bachelor of Accounting
Upper Iowa University Bachelor of Business Administration
Upper Iowa University Bachelor of Financial Management
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Accounting
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Business Administration
UW Superior Bachelor of Accounting
Viterbo University Bachelor of Accounting
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Healthcare Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration HR Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration IT Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Management
Western Governors University Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Professional Licensure / Certification$100†$100†
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2022-2023 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

† National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB) Bookkeeping Certification Exam: $100 (incurred during the last semester of program as part of the Accounting Capstone — the exam fee is not part of the cost of the class).

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