The demand for accounting professionals continues to rise, with more than 165,000 new positions expected to emerge through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s no wonder you’re considering pursuing a career in this field. But there are scores of accounting degree programs out there, so how do you choose which one is right for you?
It’s easy to assume that all accounting programs are the same—after all, it’s just debits and credits, right? Wrong! We identified 10 facts about the Rasmussen College accounting program that help it stand out from the rest.
This list will help you discover how this program can help you get your career back in the black.
1. You’ll start learning about accounting from the get-go
Upon enrolling at Rasmussen College you will receive a personalized degree plan, which is basically a roadmap laying out the course schedule for your entire college journey. Accounting students get to dive right into basic accounting courses from day one. This means your schedule won’t be filled with unrelated general education courses at the start. And if you really want to jump right in, familiarize yourself with these basic accounting terms prior to starting your courses!
2. You’ll be prepared you to earn industry certifications
Accounting professionals with the proper skills and credentials are in high demand. The Rasmussen College accounting program curriculum was designed to align with the skills needed to become a certified professional. This means each student will leave the program prepared to pass industry certification exams including the CMA (certified management accounting) and the CPA (certified public accountant). Rasmussen College is also regionally accredited which can allow you to transfer your credits into a master’s program if you decide to pursue a higher degree down the road.
3. You’ll gain experience in a variety of ways
Students enrolled in the Rasmussen College accounting program have access to a wide array of learning opportunities, not just in the classroom. This includes learning from professional speakers in the industry, attending accounting seminars and participating in relevant field trips to help you prepare for your career. The program also offers a project-based internship where you can acquire hands-on field experience, providing you with a behind-the-scenes look at the profession.
4. You’ll gain transferable business skills
Accounting is often considered “the language of business,” but it’s equally important to develop other business skills in order to become a well-rounded professional. The Rasmussen College accounting program aims to help students develop valuable abilities in areas such as digital fluency, communication and presentation skills. All of which are critical for launching and advancing your accounting career. After graduating from this program, you’ll be prepared to perform at a high level regardless of which area of accounting or business you may find yourself in.
5. You’ll become familiar with accounting software
The days of accountants sitting in the back corner of the officer scribbling with a pencil in the general ledger are long gone. The vast major of today’s work is performed using a variety of accounting software programs. Rasmussen College accounting students will gain practical experience with some of the most popular tools in the industry including QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel. You’ll become well-versed in these programs so you won’t miss a beat once you enter the field.
6. You can choose from two accounting programs
There are several career opportunities you can pursue with an accounting degree. For the most part, these positions fall into two sectors: public accounting and management (private) accounting.
If you have dreams of starting your own business as a public accountant, you can immediately enter into the public accounting program. This track is specifically designed to help you meet the CPA licensure requirements. If you’d rather work within an organization or you’re not quite sure what you want to do yet, you can enroll in the general accounting program.
Having two program options will allow you to cater your education toward the precise accounting career path you envision for your future.
7. There is also a finance program
Choosing between accounting and finance can be confusing at times because of the similarities in careers, skills and opportunities in each field. Chances are good you compared the two when deciding which degree was right for you. The Rasmussen College School of Business realizes the importance of offering both options to properly prepare students for working in these closely related fields. Either program will prepare you to succeed in your chosen career.
8. You’ll have flexible options to earn your degree
If you have a family or a job (or both), flexibility is likely a large factor in deciding which accounting degree program will best fit your lifestyle. Rasmussen College knows its students come from all walks of life, which is why courses can be taken online, on-campus or in a blended format. Having these options will let you earn your degree your way, easily integrating your education into your already-busy life.
9. You’ll learn from seasoned professionals
Who better to teach a course like advanced financial accounting than someone who has years of experience as a financial accountant? Every Rasmussen College accounting instructor has a graduate degree coupled with direct experience working in the field. This will give you the opportunity to interact with professionals who know how things work in the real world, further preparing you to enter the field. What’s more is that the small class sizes are ideal for building beneficial relationships with those instructors.
10. You’ll be ready to hit the ground running in your new career
The Rasmussen College Career Services team is available to all students and graduates to help you land your first accounting job. Accounting students also have the opportunity to join the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for a reduced membership fee, giving you an opportunity to network with industry professionals. The Rasmussen College Business Blog will also help you stay up-to-date in the industry by providing you with relevant content such as the Accounting Career Guide and the Careers in Accounting Hangout.
To get more information about the Rasmussen College accounting program and learn how to enroll go to the accounting degree program page. Request more information on the right hand side in order to connect with the admissions team!