Every business values the person who keeps track of the finances. Accountants assess financial operations and help organizations run efficiently by preparing and examining financial records, and by ensuring that the records are accurate. Key business decisions are often made after reviewing the bottom line of financial profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cost studies, and tax reports.
MCC’s Accounting Programs
MCC’s Accounting programs provides a solid foundation to prepare for a job as an entry-level Accountant in government, industry, or public accounting. The majority of our Accounting graduates transfer their credits to complete a bachelor’s degree, qualifying for more advanced positions as Accountants and/or Auditors. Whether you are an Accounting or Business major, or just trying to gain a better understanding of business and personal financial information, our accounting courses will help develop a knowledge of financial and managerial accounting topics. You may wish to discuss your specific accounting needs and interests with the Accounting Department.
In MCC’s accounting courses, you’ll be exposed to the world of accounting through lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, and group activities. By actively participating in these activities, you will discover how financial information fits together to create a picture that management must have for making key decisions.
Marshalltown Community College offers three Accounting programs, depending on your career goals:
- A one-year Diploma program for those seeking an entry-level accounting position.
- A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation.
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree emphasis for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The links under Degrees Awarded (below) specify our different program course requirements.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Accounting Careers & Job Outlook
In general, employment of those in finance is expected to be tied to the health of the overall economy; employment of Accountants and Auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026. Job prospects increase with advanced degrees and proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software or with expertise in specialized areas such as international business, specific industries, or current legislation. Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:
- Accountants and Auditors
- Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
- Budget Analysts
- Cost Estimators
- Personal Financial Advisors
- Financial Analysts
- Tax Examiners & Collectors and Revenue Agents
- Financial Managers
- Management Analysts
- Top Executives
- Accounting Teachers
Additional Career & Professional Information
- Iowa Society of Certified Professional Accountants (ISCPA) website – Includes information about Iowa careers in accounting.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) website – Includes information about CPA Examination requirements.
- National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website – Includes information about CPA Exam issues in Iowa.