Accounting

68-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Accountants play a critical role in the fiscal management of any business or organization – large or small. The fast-paced and ever-changing business environment depends on sound financial processing, controls and decision making. In the Accounting program, learn how to prepare, interpret and analyze financial information; master accounting fundamentals; and develop extensive computer skills in accounting- and business-based software programs. Graduates of the Accounting program will be well prepared for work in the field, and as the “business language,” training in accounting is also solid preparation for other careers.

  • Prepare for jobs such as accountant, accounts payable assistant, accounts receivable clerk or accounting supervisor.
  • Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school accounting or business courses.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities area available in Accounting programs at Carroll University, Concordia University and Mount Mary College. In addition, select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Additional short-term certificates in Accounting in Healthcare, Computerized Accounting and International Accounting can be completed and serve as a complement to the Accounting degree program.
  • Evening completion and hybrid/online classes are available.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $18,000-$80,000
    • Average Salary: $37,242
    • Median Salary: $32,088
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $31,806
    • Average Hourly Wage: $18.35
    • Three-year Average Salary: $35,473

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 101-111 Accounting I - Principles4 *
 106-110 Microcomputer Bus Apps I3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 101-104 Accounting Spreadsheets2 *
 101-113 Accounting II - Principles4 *
 101-123 Income Tax I4 *
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-143 Microeconomics3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
19
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 101-107 Business Finance3 *
 101-114 Payroll and Accounting Tech3 *
 101-115 Accounting III - Intermediate4 *
 101-124 Income Tax II3 *
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 101-116 Managerial Accounting3 *
 101-120 Accounting IV - Intermediate4 *
 101-122 Accounting - Capstone3 *
 101-127 Accounting Information Systems4 *
 
Total Semester Credits
14
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

101-111 Accounting I - Principles 4
101-113 Accounting II - Principles 4
106-110 Microcomputer Bus Apps I 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
804-123 Math w Business Apps 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Alverno CollegeBA in Management Accountingup to 70
Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 68
Capella UniversityBachelor of Science in Business, Business Administrationup to 90
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management68
Carroll UniversityAccountingup to 64
Concordia UniversityAccountingJunior Standing
Concordia UniversityBachelor of Science in Businessjunior status
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
DeVry UniversityBachelor of Science In Business Administrationup to 55
DeVry UniversityBachelor of Science in Technical Managementup to 55
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Business Administrationup to 58
Marquette University-College of Professional StudiesBachelor of Science in Leadership and Organizationsup to 60
Mount Mary CollegeAccounting71
MSOEBachelor of Science in Managementjunior status
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts - Accountingup to 80 cr
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts up to 80
Rasmussen CollegeBachelor Degree in Accounting69
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)Minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies59
UW-PlattevilleBachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Accountingup to 20
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutB.S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership63

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Heather Albinger

Heather Albinger

Phone: 262.691.5352

Education

  • BS, Accounting, Valparaiso University
  • MS, Management and Organizational Science, University of Wisconsin --Milwaukee

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Wisconsin

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching philosophy emphasizes collaboration, partnership, encouragement, accountability, growth and mutual respect in the meeting of the shared goal of student learning and success."

Program instructor, Lyn Gamerdinger

Lyn Gamerdinger

Phone: 262.691.5344

Education

  • BBA, Accounting, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
  • MS, Taxation, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • M.Ed. – Carroll University

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Teaching Philosophy

"My goal is for my students to know more about income tax and financial planning at the end of the class than they did at the beginning."

Program instructor, Darlene Schnuck

Darlene Schnuck

Phone: 262.691.5352

Education

  • BS, Accounting, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
  • Master of Education/Professional Development, University of Wisconsin -- Whitewater

Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching goal is to make sure my students have employable skills. And my resulting philosophy centers around flexibility, inquiry and change to match the demands of the workplace for knowledge application, master of technology and effective communication skills."