Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma
Finance Cluster Icon

Why choose Accounting Assistant?

  • Accounting has grown into a dynamic field that is the backbone of the financial world and the only way for businesses in every industry to grow and flourish.
  • Regional demand for accountants is growing today and expected to more than double over the next ten years.
  • Great way to start a career in accounting.
  • Quickly earn a diploma while continuing to work toward full associate degree.
  • Accounting is a career with many different specialties, depending on your interests and strengths.
Accounting is the backbone of the financial world. Businesses in every industry rely on their accounting staff to provide financial information that helps them make informed decisions that help the business grow and flourish.

Program Locations

Adams Campus
401 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494


What You'll Learn

The Accounting Assistant program at Mid-State is ideal for students with strong logic and attention to detail. The program develops financial and managerial accounting skills and an understanding of financial reporting. Students also learn critical aspects of budgeting and technology as well as communication skills to be successful in their role. 

Students in the program will develop the skills needed to record, post, and reconcile accounting data in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, sales, purchasing, budgeting, and payroll. They will also learn to summarize and report financial information, and provide support within the financial functions of an organization. Students also gain basic tax preparation skills. Includes cooperative learning activities that provide real-world experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $4,244.40
  • Books: $1,823.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $6,067.90

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10101140 Accounting 1  3
  10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction  3
  10801195 Written Communication 3
  10101120 Payroll Accounting  3
  Term Total   12 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10101123 Income Tax Accounting  3
  10101142 Accounting 2  3
  10101129 QuickBooks Applications 3
  10804107 College Mathematics  3
  10101106 Excel for Accounting 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
  Program Total   27 Credits



Bob holds an MBA from Upper Iowa University and is an experienced tax and financial accountant. A lifelong learner, Bob recently earned expert certification in Excel. He also graduated from the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute in 2017.

“Accounting is a proud, challenging, and endlessly interesting profession. Graduates of our program have many career paths open to them. Accounting is the language of business, and accountants are needed by business and organizations of all sizes.”


  • Accounting Technician
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Bookkeeper


High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.

"The Accounting program at Mid-State equipped me to handle the many real-world tasks I see on a daily basis in my work as a controller."


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

Accounting Assistant Pathway