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Accounting: Para-Accounting

Accounting: Para-Accounting

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.

Completed Online: No
Completed in the Evenings: No
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Business and Computers
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

When you add it all up, Iowa Western's Para-Accounting study program will best prepare you for an entry-level career in the field of accounting. This program awards successful candidates an Associate of Applied Science degree that will quickly send you into the profit-oriented and/or not-for-profit business world. In those environments, you’ll be able to analyze, communicate, distinguish, record and summarize economic events.

With local businesses on the advisory board, the program offers internships for a taste of what work in this field will be like. A modern computer lab for accounting classes and easy access to instructors are the most attractive features of this program.

You’ll be well prepared for jobs in such areas as accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, account processing, general ledger, and clerks. This program stresses fluency in oral and written communication. Most students enter the accounting field immediately after completing the two-year program. The program offers advanced accounting computer courses allowing students to seek advanced level employment in government offices, public accounting firms, and general businesses.   

Career Information

The Para-Accounting program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Para-accountants provide many accounting, auditing, or tax services under the direct supervision of an accountant. This program will prepare students to locate employment in the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, or payroll areas.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify the major disciplines of business.
  • Apply knowledge of governmental and nonprofit accounting practices.
  • Demonstrate use of general accounting principles as they apply to routine business transactions.
  • Explain the use of the American legal system and ethics as they relate to business.
  • Explain the forces of supply and demand as they relate to business and the economy.
  • 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.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to real world experiences.
  • Apply knowledge of payroll accounting practices.
  • Apply knowledge of income taxes and their preparation.

Average: $22.60
Entry Level: $16.85
Experienced: $33.33

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.