Accounting Technician Diploma

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Council Bluffs Campus
Clarinda Center
Page/Fremont County Center
Shelby County Center

Program Information

If you are computer savvy and have the skills it takes to get an office in working order, jumpstart your career with Iowa Western’s Accounting Technician program. The one-year diploma program prepares students for entry-level accounting technician jobs, including financial record keeping, accounts payable, and accounts receivable positions. It offers opportunities for individuals seeking to develop accounting skills or those who need additional skills to move up from their current positions.

The Accounting technician program is built on a solid base of accounting theory and includes specialized courses in computer operations. Students in this program earn hands-on learning experience in computer labs that mirror on-the-job accounting experiences.

Students who complete this diploma will earn credit toward completion of the Accounting: Para-Accounting AAS degree.

Job Outlook

6,211 Jobs (2020)
+7.0% change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Accounting Technician program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the one-year diploma. Graduates are prepared for entry-level accounting technician positions, including financial record keeping, accounts payable or receivable specialist, and receptionist positions. Students who wish to earn a higher degree and seek higher level positions may continue on to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree by majoring in the Para-Accounting program.


  • Entry: $15.41
  • Average: $19.29
  • Experienced: $30.00

Career Examples

  • Bookkeepers
  • Accounts Payable Clerks
  • Billing Specialists
  • Accounting Clerks
  • Payroll Specialists
  • Accounting Assistants
  • Accounts Payable Analysts
  • Accounting Associates

First Semester

ACC 121 - Principles of Accounting I 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 116 - Information Computing 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 102 - Introduction to Business 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

ACC 122 - Principles of Accounting II 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 161 - Payroll Accounting 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 311 - Computer Accounting 3.0 Credit(s)
FIN 121 - Personal Finance 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 30.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify the major disciplines of business.
  • Demonstrate use of general accounting principles.
  • Employ the use of computers in business and accounting.
  • Recognize accounting and business job opportunities within the current workplace environment and apply job search techniques.

Program Disclaimers