Why choose this program at Riverland?

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.
All of the accounting courses at Riverland are available in an online format. This allows you great flexibility to complete your course work from anywhere you have an internet connection, anytime of day.

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 communicate the effects of basic tax rules (including payroll taxes) on individuals, partnerships and corporations and prepare basic tax returns.
  • Apply the fundamentals of activity based costing, job costing and process costing. Demonstrate understanding of cost behavior including fixed and variable costs, cost/volume/profit analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, and other analytical tools for decision making.

What are my career options after graduating from 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
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods

Current Demand - This career is currently in very high demand.

Sample Job Titles

  • Public Accounting
  • Staff Accountant
  • Local Governmental accountant
  • Income Tax work
Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Online, D2L brightspace/Web Enhanced
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Two Year
Faculty: Kim Hansen

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

Required Core Courses (42 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
ACCT1040 Applied Individual Income Taxes 3 CR
ACCT1099 Payroll Accounting 2 CR
ACCT1120 Applied Business Income Taxation 3 CR
ACCT2011 Principles of Financial Accounting 4 CR
ACCT2012 Principles of Managerial Accounting 4 CR
ACCT2020 Applied Intermediate Accounting 4 CR
ACCT2040 Applied Cost Management 4 CR
ACCT2055 Governmental/Fund/Non-Profit Accounting 3 CR
BUSA2032 Business Law - Legal Environment 3 CR

General Studies (9 credits)

BUSO1625 Business Communication I 3 CR
BUSO1650 Business Communications II 3 CR
GSCL1270 Employment Search Skills 1 CR
GSCM1510 Workplace Human Relations 2 CR

Electives (9 credits)

ACCT1061 Certified Bookkeeper Capstone 3 CR
ACCT2061 Accounting Capstone - ABA (ACAT Exam) Review 3 CR
ACCT2091 Internship 1 CR
ACCT2092 Internship 2 CR
ACCT2093 Internship 3 CR
ACCT2094 Internship 4 CR
ACCT2991 Topics in Accounting 3 CR
BUSA1050 Personal Financial Management and Planning 3 CR
CCLS1000 First Year Experience 1 CR
ECON2291 Macroeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
ECON2292 Microeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
MATH2021 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 CR