Accounting Clerk


Why choose this program at Riverland?

Our Accounting Clerk Diploma program can move you into the job market more quickly. Riverland's laptop advantage courses provide the training you need to use the computer software and hardware you are likely to use on the job. Courses ranging from business math and business law to microcomputer accounting systems and workplace human relations prepare you to enter the working world with confidence.

The Accounting Clerk option can be especially helpful for someone already working in the business field by expanding capabilities with some accounting background. This program is an excellent way to add formalized training within a short time frame.

What will I study?

  • Complete accounting processes and prepare financial statements according to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) both manually and using computerized accounting software.
  • Analyze and apply rules for payroll accounting, payroll law, and payroll taxes.
  • Apply the fundamentals of basic managerial accounting concepts, including activity based costing, cost behavior (fixed and variable costs), cost/volume/profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, and other analytical tools for decision making.
  • Identify and apply elements of contract, tort, agency, property law, partnerships, corporations, UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) sales and secured transactions, and professional liability law.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using computer hardware and software, including spreadsheet, database, and internet browser software to solve business issues and report these solutions.

What are my career options after graduating this program?


In Minnesota, there are 32,090 workers employed in this very large career.

Where do Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks most often work?

  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Administrative and Support Services

Sample Job Titles

  • Public Accounting
  • Staff Accountant
  • Local Governmental accountant
  • Income Tax work
Location: 100% Online
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Two Semesters
Faculty: Kim Hansen

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Accounting Clerk program page at

Required Core Courses (22 credits)

ACCT1021 Excel™ Spreadsheet Applications 3 CR
ACCT1022 QuickBooks™ Certification Training 3 CR
ACCT1023 Computerized Accounting with Sage™ 3 CR
ACCT1031 Business Math/Calculators 3 CR
ACCT1099 Payroll Accounting 2 CR
ACCT2011 Principles of Financial Accounting 4 CR
ACCT2012 Principles of Managerial Accounting 4 CR

General Studies Courses (6 credits)

BUSO1625 Business Communication I 3 CR
GSCL1270 Employment Search Skills 1 CR
GSCM1510 Workplace Human Relations 2 CR

Electives (3 credits)

ACCT1040 Applied Individual Income Taxes 3 CR
ACCT1061 Certified Bookkeeper Capstone 3 CR
ACCT2055 Governmental/Fund/Non-Profit Accounting 3 CR
ACCT2091 Internship 1 CR
ACCT2092 Internship 2 CR
ACCT2093 Internship 3 CR
ACCT2094 Internship 4 CR
ACCT2991 Topics in Accounting 3 CR