Accounting Program Details

What Do You Want to Do?

Mix and match daytime, night time, online classes to meet your needs. Classes are available at most DMACC Campuses & Centers.

Go To Work

Choose from a DMACC Certificate, Diploma or Degree leading to in-demand jobs.

DMACC offers three levels of Accounting training in the Go to Work Track. Each level builds to the next.

Work Progression

Accounting Certificate

Why a Certificate?

  • Qualify for a part-time or temporary Accounting Job while continuing your education
  • Gain Accounting skills that complements other degrees (example: Office Administration students who want to add basic accounting skills)
  • Seamless transfer into DMACC's Accounting Diploma
  • Complete in two semesters
  • This certificate can be completed in the classroom or online.

Accounting & Bookkeeping Diploma

Why a Diploma?

  • Obtain full-time employment after one year of Accounting training
  • Perform full-time full-charge bookkeeping and payroll services for small and medium sized businesses
  • Master skills such as payroll, spreadsheet analysis, bookkeeping functions and budgets
  • Gain proficiency in Computer Accounting packages such as QuickBooks, Peachtree/Sage, and Excel
  • Complete in three semesters
  • This diploma can be completed in the classroom or online.

Accounting Specialist Degree

Why a Degree?

  • Perform all diploma functions plus jobs that require knowledge of
    • Tax Preparation
    • Governmental Accounting
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Hands on experience or advanced payroll knowledge
  • Opens the door to more industries and positions
  • Gain full-time employment after four semesters at DMACC
  • Qualify to work in select Accounting jobs while completing a four-year degree
  • Typically makes a higher starting salary than the diploma
  • Provides a high degree of transferability to many private colleges: Simpson, Grand View
  • Complete in four semesters
  • This degree can be completed in the classroom or online.


Start at DMACC in Accounting & Finance and transfer straight into a four year college to earn your bachelors degree.

This Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed for students transferring to Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, Clarke University, St. Ambrose University or Upper Iowa University to study Business. Requirements may vary at other institutions so students should become familiar with the specific course requirements of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer.

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Specialized Training

Accounting is an essential function for small businesses. DMACC offers two certificates to work in specialized areas of accounting. These can be completed in the classroom or online.

Accounting for Entrepreneurs Certificate

  • Prepares entrepreneurs for the accounting skills needed in a small business.
  • Provides training in payroll, spreadsheet analysis, and budgets.
  • Become proficient in computer accounting packages including QuickBooks, Peachtree/Sage, and Excel.
  • Perfect for employers who need employees for small business accounting functions.
  • Complete in two semesters.

Accounting Payroll Certificate

  • Provides you skills in federal and state tax rules and regulations.
  • Prepares you to interpret pension plans, benefit plans, garnishments, and stock options.
  • Equips you to pass the Fundamental Payroll Certification exam administered by American Payroll Association.

5 Fast Facts about Accounting:

Fact: Job Growth is 11% through 2022.

Source: US Bureau of Statistics

Fact: Every business uses Accounting.

Fact: Accounting is a recession-proof career. Why?

  • A recession hits: Hire Accountants to cut cost.
  • A growth period: Hire Accountants to figure out how to make more money.

Fact: Accountants make great money

Fact: You'll find jobs in your backyard. Central Iowa is an international financial services and insurance hub. This equates to many Accounting jobs.

The DMACC Difference

Why choose DMACC for your education?

  • Transferability to State and Private Schools
  • Class size and Instructor Contact
    • 30 student class size vs. 300 student class size
    • Professors have real-life experience in the industry and are focused on teaching, not research
  • Flexibility in scheduling, campus locations and delivery
  • Cost Savings - Completing your first two years at DMACC would save you an average of $8,144 compared to a four-year public school and $51,708 compared to a private college.

Tuition Savings Graph
Source: Iowa Student Aid Commission