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Accounting Overview


Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers two program options for students interested in accounting.  These include a 30 semester hour technical program and a 60 semester credit transfer program to four-year institutions.

The technical program is for a student who is looking for intensive short-term training for immediate employment. RCTC’s Associate in Science Accounting degree is designed for transfer.  This degree is for the accounting student interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or beyond.

A graduate with a RCTC Accounting Clerk diploma is prepared for careers that require calculating, journaling, posting, and verifying accounting records.  Additional duties can also include preparing bank reconciliation statements and processing payroll, vouchers, and invoices.

RCTC graduates with an Associate in Science (AS) or transfer degree are prepared for an entry-level accounting position and can transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree can help prepare the individual to earn the designation of CPA or CMA.


Depending on the program degree option selected, coursework may include payroll accounting, computerized accounting, spreadsheet applications, applied cost accounting, managerial accounting, and more.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Accounting Clerk diploma and an Accounting AS degree.  The program options range from a required 30 credits for the diploma to 60 credits for the AS degree.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework any semester.  Some courses are offered online, 8-week accelerated, face-to-face (day and evening), and hybrid.  Some courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with program advisors to plan ahead.

Career Opportunities/Information

Every business, government and nonprofit entity has a need for accounting.  Pay and benefits vary with employer size, location and type.  Compensation also varies with the employee’s education, experience and responsibility.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

RCTC gainful employment information for Accounting Clerk Diploma: http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/ge/rochester/R2_002373-52.0302/gedt-002373-52.0302.htm


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:  A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/acct
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: April 4, 2014

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