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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Accounting Assistant - Diploma


Career Area: Business & Management
Program: Accounting
Campus(es): Winona/Online

Launch a new accounting career in just one year

With an Accounting Assistant Diploma from Minnesota State College Southeast, in just one year you’ll be ready to launch a career in one of the nation's fastest growing professions.

The Accounting Assistant Diploma focuses on coursework in the most practical aspects of accounting, including a hands-on approach to spreadsheets and databases. You will focus on payroll, financial, managerial, and non-profit accounting.

MSC Southeast offers a program that can be completed online, on campus in Winona, or a combination of both. You can enroll in the accounting program in either the fall or spring semester and attend classes on a full-time or part-time basis.

About Accounting

If you have the desire to own your own business, be a leader, motivate people, and solve problems, consider enrolling in an accounting diploma or degree at Minnesota State College Southeast.

More and more employers are demanding an accounting degree or diploma from potential job candidates to fill their accounting positions. Our educational approach is a blend of theory and practice, providing a solid foundation for your career. We offer a practical, personal approach to learning the principles of accounting and making the best use of a variety of popular accounting software packages.

Once you have your degree in hand, you'll find that the opportunities for meaningful and challenging employment are plentiful in companies of all sizes.

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast


Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Business Management & Administration
Cluster: Finance
Pathway: Accounting
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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Courses

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
 
7 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
2 cr
ACCT1210
Payroll Accounting
This course covers the fundamental principles of accounting for payroll in a business environment. Federal Wage and Hour law provides the framework for payroll record keeping requirements that most employers must follow. The course discusses the various payroll taxes that both employers and employees are subject to, filing requirements, and legal deadlines that must be followed. (Prerequisite: none) (2 Credits: 2 lec/0 lab)

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2 cr
ACCT1212
Computerized Acct Applications
Hands on approach to the accounting system. Topical areas covered include but are not limited to general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory, depreciation, financial statement analysis, departmentalized accounting and client write-up. (Prerequisites: ACCT2201 Financial Accounting) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ACCT1218
Spreadsheets Concepts and Applications
This course uses a spreadsheet system for business applications. Procedures used include: document creation, storage, retrieval, major editing, printing, merger of documents, segments and variables, and graph creation. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ACCT1231
Database Concepts and Applications
This course will utilize database software for various business applications. (Prerequisite: none) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ACCT2201
Financial Accounting
This course covers the fundamental accounting concepts and principles which are used in a business environment to provide reports on the economic condition of an organization. The focus will be on the accrual method of accounting, utilizing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to analyze and record transactions. The ultimate objective is to understand the effects of these transactions in order to provide timely and relevant information in the form of financial statements. (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
ACCT2202
Managerial Accounting
This course covers the techniques for planning, controlling, and decision making relevant to managing costs in a manufacturing environment. The focus will be on cost concepts and cost behavior in relation to job-order costing, activity-based costing, and process costing. The budgetary process will be analyzed; including preparing and interpreting a master budget and flexible budget. (Prerequisite: ACCT2201 Financial Accounting or ACCT2211 Principles of Accounting II) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
ACCT2215
Fund/Non-Profit Accounting
This course is a study of accounting standards and practices used by governmental and other not-for- profit entities. These standards are promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in the case of government entities, and by the Financial Accounting Standards Board for non-profit organizations. The use of fund accounting and budgetary considerations are explained along with financial reporting requirements. The four governmental fund types are covered as well as proprietary and fiduciary funds. Transaction analysis is included for all of the various funds used. (Prerequisites: ACCT2201 Financial Accounting) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
24 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 31 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$6,032
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$400
Estimated Total:$6,432
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Staff Accountants
  • Banking
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Financial Services
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Government/Non-Profit
  • Budget Analysis
  • Audit

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Apply the principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax accounting and not-for-profit accounting.
  2. Apply mathematical, analytical and business knowledge skills to formulate and solve problems and to make decisions relevant to the needs of business.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in personal computer operations and applications.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of human society and culture in order to function as an effective employee and citizen.

Highlights

  • 100% online option available
  • Excellent reputation with employers and students
  • Hands-on learning
  • Instructors have professional experience in all areas of accounting
  • Learn the latest computer software: Excel, QuickBooks, Access, Turbo Tax, Word, Peachtree and PowerPoint
  • Vast job opportunities with high growth potential
  • Interactive learning combines technology with accounting theory
  • Student organizations such as Student Senate provide leadership and professional growth opportunities

Instructors

  • Jill Halverson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Winona State University. She has expertise in the areas of public, private, tax, auditing, and non-profit accounting.
  • Samantha Justin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Winona State University. She also holds a Wisconsin Certified Public Accountant license. She has experience in public, private, audit, tax, governmental, and non-profit accounting.
  • Steve Rudnik has been in the information technology field since 1994 providing networking services to businesses and schools in southeastern Minnesota. Currently, Steve is a full-time faculty member at Minnesota State College Southeast's Network Administration and Technology Department, instructing students on Microsoft, Novell, and Unix/Linux platforms.

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