Accounting Clerk

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Accounting Clerk

Subject Area: Business, Marketing and Hospitality

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 32

Location: Online

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall


Every successful business must have systematic and up-to-date records of its financial affairs. Maintaining those records is the job of the bookkeeper/accountant who records day-to-day business transactions in journals and ledgers. Employers may also periodically balance accounts and prepare statements for administrative officers showing such things as accounts receivable, accounts payable and profit and loss. They may also prepare state and federal tax returns. This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as an accounting clerk, bookkeeper or payroll clerk. Students will receive not only conceptual training, but actual "hands-on" training that will provide the important abilities needed for success.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
ACC:115 Intro to Accounting  4.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
BUS:103 Intro to Business 4.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
* Communication Elective 3.0


 Term 2
ACC:152 Financial Accounting 4.0
ACC:162 Payroll Accounting 4.0
ACC:804 Accounting Spreadsheet Apps 3.0
MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra OR 4.0
  Higher-level Math 3.0
SDV:135 Job Seeking Skills 1.0

This diploma program requires a minimum of 30 credits (excluding Developmental courses). Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an elective is required.


Communication Electives: COM:120, COM:723, ENG:105, ENG:106, SPC:112

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $19,680 - $30,491 and a projected growth of 3.7%, the career outlook for Accounting Clerk graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Employers of NICC Alumni

American Trust, Dubuque & Dyersville, IA
Bodensteiner Implement, Clermont, IA
Buchheit Tax Service, Dubuque
CNCA Financing, Davenport, IA
D.E. Smith Inc., Dubuque, IA
Digu/Naobeb, Windhoek, Namibia
Dubuque Bank and Trust, Dubuque, IA
Farley Fertilizer Inc., Farley, IA
Flexsteel Industries, Inc. Dubuque, IA
Honkamp Krueger, Dubuque, IA
Human Factors International, Fairfield, IA
John Deere, Dubuque, IA
NICC-Town Clock Center, Dubuque
Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Calmar, IA
Pinnacle Financial Group, Decorah, IA
Prairie Farms, Dubuque, IA
Prudential, Dubuque
Reuter Rentals, Dubuque, IA
Sedgwick CMS, Dubuque, IA
TM Logistics, Dubuque, IA

Sample Job Titles

Accounts Receiving
Administrative Assistant/Payroll
Customer Service - Data Entry
Global Accounting Specialist
Right Party Agent
Service Clerk


Joseph Carthey
Business Faculty (Calmar)
800.728.2256, ext. 277

Jane Rusk
Business Faculty (Peosta)
800.728.7367, ext. 317