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Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Finance


Accounting is one profession that can lead you to multiple career options. Businesses and organizations of all sizes need to employ accountants. You can secure jobs in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Also, your choices abound within the accounting field. You can choose from tax, cost, audit, government, payroll and financial accounting.

Program Overview

Accounting is an important tool for any business. In this two-year accounting associate degree, you will be prepared to assemble, analyze, interpret and forecast essential information about the operation of an organization. You’ll prepare financial statements, cost studies and tax reports.

Program Outcomes

Accounting graduates will be able to:

  • 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 individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk

Stay on top of the latest Accounting technologies and methods with Northwood Tech's Accounting associate degree. 

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Use current technology that employers use such as QuickBooks, Excel, Word, tax software and Access.

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Through case studies, business scenarios and real-world problems, you'll learn exactly what will be expected of you as an accountant.

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Take your classes in a variety of formats including online, Your Choice or in a traditional classroom. 


The Accounting instructors use a differentiated approach to teaching, keeping YOU in mind when developing lesson plans, workbook exercises, lectures, projects and other interactive learning activities.

Accounting classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, and Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice, or On Site. 

Career Pathways

As an Accounting student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. Graduates of the Accounting program also earn a certificate in Tax Preparer Assistant, a diploma in Billing and Posting Clerk and a diploma in Accounting Assistant.

Internship Opportunity

Gain real world experience through an accounting internship while completing your program.

Fit My Life Program

Want to complete your degree but have work and family responsibilities? Northwood Tech understands. Fit My Life allows you to work on your accounting degree part-time, with online, evening, and Your Choice courses that fit into your busy life.


Program specific subjects covered include financial, cost and managerial accounting. Other classes are payroll, budgeting, and tax accounting. Software courses include Quickbooks, Excel, Word, and Access.

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Featured Accounting Courses

| 4 CR
This course will prepare you to complete and file individual federal and Wisconsin income tax returns including the 1040EZ/WIZ, 1040A/1A, and 1040/1 with most common supporting schedules. This course is lecture- and project-based with most returns done manually and some comprehensive problems being computerized.
| 4 CR
This course addresses cost accounting principles, procedures, and managerial applications of cost data; theory of job order cost, process cost, and standard cost; and managerial cost decision making. Though not required, 10101103 Financial Accounting 2 is also recommended prior to taking this course. PREREQUISITES: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 and 10103152 MS Excel B.
| 2 CR
Students will learn to use MS Excel as it pertains mainly to accounting related functions. Activities will include working with pivot tables, exporting/importing information, continuing with advanced formulas and macros, using analytical options, and developing creativity/application skills in building spreadsheets to replace and enhance manual record keeping, calculations, and reporting. PREREQUISITES: 10101103 Financial Accounting 2 and 10103152 MS Excel B.

Accounting is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Accounting student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
13 Credits/Less than 1 year
Potential Careers
Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
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Earn a technical diploma or a pathway certificate.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits
Potential Careers
Accounting Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Tax Accounting Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
$23,918-$80,000 Annually
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Pathway Certificate
10 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Tax Associate, Tax Preparer
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Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Bookkeeper, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Accounts Payable Specialist, Payroll Specialist, Cost Accounting Specialist, Tax Accounting Specialist
Range of Yearly Salary
$33,277-$60,315 Annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Accounting Transfer Options

UW-Stout | UW-Superior | UW-Whitewater | UM Crookston | Bellevue University | Concordia University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering | Northland College+

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*


60 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Accounting Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a:

  • Tax Preparer Assistant Pathway Certificate
  • Billing and Posting Clerk Technical Diploma
  • Accounting Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Accounting Associate Degree
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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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