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Accounting

Associate's Degree

Next start date

September 30, 2019

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

An online Accounting degree allows you to learn the language that helps you understand the business culture as a whole. Through Rasmussen College’s flexible and competitively priced online Accounting courses, you’ll gain experience with computer applications to help you better manage finances and prepare for an accountant career as an accounting clerk, auditing clerk, bookkeeper, bank teller or account management trainee. This Accounting degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

If you want to advance even further in your education, our ladder curriculum also helps you smoothly transfer your credits from an Accounting Associate’s degree to a Bachelor’s degree.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Advance Your Education

Whether this is the first step on your path to becoming an accountant or you're currently working and ready to advance your credentials, we've made it easy. Our Accounting program is designed so credits simply ladder-up, one to the next, Associate's to Bachelor's.

Help Move Your Career Forward

Our graduates feel confident advancing their careers in the competitive accounting industry and contributing to their diverse team. You will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including demonstration of accounting training and skills through examples of student work.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the yearly projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for billing and posting clerks is 14%.2 An Accounting Associate's degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Accounting Foundations

Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, general ledger, payroll, budgeting and forecasting. Understand financial and managerial accounting concepts as related to the business environment.

Proficient Computer Applications

Prepare tax returns, financial statements and other accounting functions through the use of a computer, including maintaining account records, input and process information and produce standard accounting reports.

Advanced Microsoft Excel® Skills

Utilize electronic spreadsheet features available in Excel, ranging from data input and manipulation to charting and pivot tables.

Problem Solving and Communication

Value written and interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, information and financial literacy.

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Careful review of financial information is critical to every business, and an Accounting Associate’s degree can help you prepare for this crucial field.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Financial Markets and Institutions

    • FIN 1202
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Standard introduction to the banking profession, financial markets and financial institutions. Touches on nearly every aspect of financial services, from the fundamentals of negotiable instruments to contemporary issues and developments within the industry.

    Business Law

    • BUL 2241
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Presents fundamental principles of law applicable to business transactions. Relates areas of legal environment of business and sales contracts. Principles of law that apply to government, regulations, commercial paper, property, bailments, agency and business organizations are addressed.

    Financial Investigation

    • ACG 2680
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    An introduction to the field of fraud examination, including how fraud occurs and is detected within financial statements. Includes revenue, inventory, liabilities, assets and inadequate disclosures related to financial statement investigations and fraud.

26 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Business vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find an Accounting Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an Accounting program near you.

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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