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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting & Bookkeeping Diploma

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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 Peachtree. Concentration is available in the areas of Payroll, Income Tax, and Accounting Internships. 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.

For more information about the Accounting & Bookkeeping program, please visit our website at

Locations: Ankeny, Boone, Urban

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students may start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

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 1

Option 1 - Select 1 course


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

Semester 3

Required Courses

Option 2 - Select 1

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma - 41

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books(approximate) 450 400 300
Equipment - calculator 40    

Approximate total for the program: $7,053*

* 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, Peachtree, 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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. 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 Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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