Accounting Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers two program options for students interested in accounting.  These include an Accounting Associate in Science (AS) degree and an Accounting Clerk diploma. The AS degree is also known as the Accounting Transfer Pathway (AS).

Graduates with the Associate in Science (AS) Transfer Pathway degree are prepared for the following options:  an entry-level accounting position and/or transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree can help prepare the individual to earn designations such as CPA, CMA and other accounting related certifications.

The Accounting Clerk diploma program is for a student who is looking for intensive short-term training for immediate employment.  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, accounts receivables and invoicing, accounts payable and vouchers.


Accounting programs coursework includes payroll accounting, computerized accounting (QuickBooks) and spreadsheet applications (Excel), applied financial accounting, managerial accounting, and more.  The Accounting AS (Transfer Pathway) is 60 credits (30 General Education + 17 Accounting +13 Business) and the Accounting Clerk is 31 credits (7 General Education + 24 Accounting/related).

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Accounting AS degree (Accounting Transfer Pathways) and an Accounting Clerk diploma.

Program Start Date(s)

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

Career Opportunities/Information

Accounting is the language of business. Every business- small, medium, large; private or public; manufacturing, service, healthcare, retail, or financial have a need for accounting skills.  Pay and benefits vary with employer size, location and type.  Compensation also varies with the employee’s education, experience and responsibility.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

Rochester Community and Technical College is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

See RCTC program articulations.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found here.