Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Accounting & Bookkeeping, Diploma

Location(s): Ankeny, Urban/Des Moines, Online

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The Accounting & Bookkeeping program is designed to provide you skills needed for entry-level positions in the accounting field. Emphasis is placed on providing strong computer skills including Excel, QuickBooks, and Sage. Communication and leadership skills are incorporated in all of the courses.

Upon completion you will have the skills needed to perform full-time full-charge bookkeeping and payroll services for small and medium sized businesses.

The program is designed to give you flexibility if you choose to continue. All of the courses can be used to complete the Accounting Specialist program and many can be used to obtain one or more specialized certificates in accounting.

Program Details

Pathway: Business

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start any semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Accounting & Bookkeeping diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and receive a grade of “C” or higher in all ACC coursework.

Semester 2


Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should check with that institution regarding math requirements before selecting math courses for this program.

Option 1 - Select 1 course

Option 2 - Select 3 Credits

Select 3 credits from ACC, BUS, FIN, ECN, CSC, BCA, ADM, MKT, or MGT

Semester 3

Option 3 - Select 1 course

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma: 41*

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books(approximate) 475 725 575
Equipment - calculator 40    

Approximate total for the program: $9,728**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Perform full-time, full-charge bookkeeping and payroll services.
  • Apply computer skills using QuickBooks, Sage, and/or Excel.
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and the public.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Understand accounting concepts and applications at the principles level.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of business operations and the communications process.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Class work requires daily homework preparation (average two-three hours per night).
  • Reading and math skills are important to get maximum benefit from the classes.
  • All classes can be used to complete Accounting Specialist degree.

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and double entry accounting. 
  2. Utilize relevant software to perform accounting functions. 
  3. Demonstrate workplace professionalism skills 
  4. Create basic payroll reports and demonstrate an understanding of payroll rules. 


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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