Accounting | Western Technical College


Associate of Applied Science

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Accountants are in demand in every business and industry. It may be a good fit for you if you are detail-oriented, like to have things organized, and have strong problem-solving skills.

Businesses rely on their accounting departments to provide a clear, concise, and accurate financial picture and use the information accountants provide to make crucial decisions. Accounting relates to all aspects of an operation, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential. Payroll, accounts payable and receivable, budgets, and financial reports are some of the responsibilities of an accountant.

The associate’s degree program is designed for both the person looking for an entry-level position in accounting and the one who already has accounting responsibilities and would like to learn more. Instruction takes place in a traditional face-to-face environment, an online format, through interactive distance learning, or a blend of the formats. The Accounting After Hours program combines evening classroom instruction and online learning. Students learn accounting software, spreadsheet applications, and relevant technology.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $9,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Accounting 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding20
Employed in Related Occupation12
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market5

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2541
Median Hourly Wage$14.00$15.95
Hourly Wage Range$10.50 - $15.25$14.00 - $20.00
Median Annual Salary$20,204$33,277

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Accountant 1; Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls, WI
  • Accounting Service Specialist; John Block and Company, Viroqua, WI
  • Accounts Payable; River States Truck and Trailer, La Crosse, WI
  • Bookkeeper; MBE CPAs, Mauston, WI
  • Bookkeeper; Smith Accounting, Black River Falls, WI
  • Finance Coordinator; Catholic Charities of La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • Financial Regulations & Compliance Accountant; Fastenal, Winona, MN
  • Office Manager; Strupp Trucking and Excavating, Onalaska, WI
  • Office Specialist; Northwest Hardwoods, Onalaska, WI
  • Tax Accountant; Evenstad Tax Service, Westby, WI

Career Opportunities

Accounting Manager
Payroll Clerk/Specialist
Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
Cost Accountant
Tax Accountant

Program Outcomes

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

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

Cardinal Stritch
Franklin University
Kaplan University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Silver Lake College
University of Phoenix
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Viterbo University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.


Career Pathways

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