Accounting Specialist

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Accounting Specialist

Subject Area: Business, Marketing and Hospitality

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 67

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


This program is designed to prepare you for employment opportunities in the accounting field. Upon completion of the program, graduates should be prepared to enter business in the areas of cost accounting, general accounting and many other specialized areas of financial reporting. Students will study professional and ethical behavioral case studies for business and will attain the oral and written communication skills necessary for success. Technical courses in accounting, income tax, and payroll, with commercial software will allow graduates to seek advanced placement in accounting departments. Requirements include accounting principles and practice in addition to general and occupational information.

Employment opportunities are currently found in small businesses, governmental agencies, manufacturing industries, legal and accounting firms, insurance offices and agribusiness firms.

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:152 Financial 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:156 Managerial 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
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 3
ACC:231 Intermediate Accounting I 4.0
ACC:265 Income Tax Accounting 4.0
ECN:120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0
MAT:156 Statistics 3.0
MGT:102 Principles of Management 4.0


Term 4
ACC:222 Cost Accounting 4.0
ACC:232 Intermediate Accounting II 4.0
ACC:491 Accounting Capstone OR 3.0
SDV:224 Coop Career Experience III 3.0
BUS:185 Business Law I 3.0
SDV:135 Job Seeking Skills 1.0


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

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $32,975 - $52,112 and a projected growth of 5.7%, the career outlook for Accounting Specialist 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.

Calmar Employment Information

Employers of NICC Alumni

Acument Global Tech, Decorah, IA
Drewelow & Sons Inc, New Hampton, IA
Fastenal, Winona, MN
Fidelity Bank and Trust, Decorah and Postville, IA
H&R Block, Houston, MN
NICC, Calmar, IA

Sample Job Titles

Account Manager
Accounts Payable Expense Support
Customer Service Representative

Peosta Employment Information

Employers of NICC Alumni

Accounting Tax Solutions, Dubuque, IA
Biechler Electric, Dubuque
BL Murray, East Dubuque, IL
Buchheit Tax Service, Dubuque, IA
Double L Group, Ltd., Dyersville, IA
Dubuque Humane Society, Dubuque, IA
Exide Technologies, Manchester, IA
First Supply, Madison, WI
Follett Educational Services, Woodridge, IL
Heartland Financial, Dubuque, IA
Molo Companies, Dubuque, IA
Rodas Chevrolet, Strawberry Point, IA
Sedgwick CMS, Dubuque, IA
Subway, Dubuque, IA
TFM Co., Dubuque, IA

Sample Job Titles

Account Manager
Accounts Payable Expense Support
Customer Service Representative

Transfer Information

The Accounting Specialist degree currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.


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

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