Accounting Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers two program options for students interested in accounting.  These include a diploma and an AS 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.

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.


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.