Associate of Applied Science, 60 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, 100% Online

This program can be completed entirely online. For more information on how to get started with online classes, visit the Distance Learning page.


Accounting Mission Statement: The mission of the Accounting Department is to provide quality curriculum, instruction, and programs to meet the existing and changing needs of students, the community, industry, local government, and all citizens who look to Riverland Community College for lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.

Do you enjoy problem solving and using technology in a business setting?

Accounting might be your dream job. This highly-respected profession can earn well-deserved prestige and public confidence. People rely on accountants to examine, analyze, and interpret accounting data for the purpose of giving advice and preparing financial statements. Accountants also perform many other tasks vital to management such as preparing state and federal tax returns, and other reports. Responsibilities may also be in business management areas such as budgeting and controlling costs. Accountants perform duties manually and with computer assistance. The use of technology helps teach accounting skills while gaining the computer expertise required to succeed in today's competitive business environment. Plenty of individual attention in small classes, plus a friendly atmosphere, add up to a smooth transition into the job market.

    Employment Outlook

    Riverland Accounting graduates are well prepared to launch rewarding careers with excellent potential for advancement. Most students who complete an AAS Accounting degree or Accounting diploma are successful at finding jobs following graduation. The AAS is a degree designed for employment or transfer to a BAS program. A public accountant can offer a variety of services including tax work and consulting to the general public for a fee. Private accountants work exclusively for one employer. Many certifications are also available. A Riverland advisor will be happy to discuss the best route for your career path.

    Job Prospects

    Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition, especially as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), should have the best prospects. Job applicants who have a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage.

    Strong demand for accountants may lead to good prospects for entry-level positions. However, competition will be stronger for jobs with the most prestigious accounting and business firms.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Accountants and Auditors, 
    on the Internet at (visited May 17, 2016).


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