Accounting instructor speaking to students in class

Southwestern's accounting program is designed to provide you with the fundamentals necessary to obtain an entry-level position in the field of accounting.  With your accounting degree, you will be prepared for entry-level jobs in private business, all levels of government, and public accounting firms.

According to the state of Iowa's occupational projections, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing assistants are projected to have a huge number of openings in the next few years, due not only to job growth, but also to job replacement needs.  If you plan to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree, the Associate of Arts degree with an accounting major is recommended for your course of study.

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Accounting:  Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program is also offered through SWCC's online/distance education department!

Accounting Degree Sheet

Potential Careers
  • Accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • Payroll accountant
  • General ledger accountant
  • Cost or tax accountant
 Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • describe and illustrate accounting concepts and principles for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.
  • identify the characteristics of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • prepare basic business forms and financial records for all types of businesses.
  • interpret the information typically found on the balance sheet, income statement, statement of owner’s equity or retained earnings statement and the cash flow statement.
  • apply the accepted accounting procedures for all levels of business activity and in all sizes of businesses from the small sole proprietorship to the large highly organized corporations.
  • illustrate the cost accounting system used by manufacturing enterprises including job order, process, and standard cost.
  • explain the flow of manufacturing costs through the production process – direct materials, direct labor and factory overhead.
  • utilize the accounting terminology related to cost accounting, tax accounting and payroll accounting.
  • perform payroll accounting including taxes and payroll records.
  • prepare federal and state taxes.
  • describe effective methods of establishing audit trails and internal controls.

Instructors Holly Booth or Joe Pastorino