Accounting professionals are in high demand and enjoy stable careers working in businesses, government, or non-profit organizations. In addition to accounting courses, the degree program also includes a variety of computer and business courses.  The combination of these three elements (accounting, computers, and related business courses) gives the student a well-rounded and solid foundation in the accounting field.


At River Valley’s accounting program, we keep class sizes small to make sure that students receive personalized instruction. Classes and are taught by faculty who are professionals in their field.  Many classes are offered online to meet the needs of working professionals.

Career Options

  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper

Related Degrees

  •  Accounting Certificate
  • Advanced Accounting Certificate

Program Goals

The goal of the Accounting Degree program is to give students the depth of knowledge necessary for transfer to a four-year school or for entry-level work in the accounting field.

Program Outcomes

The program will provide students with a strong foundation in accounting. Students will learn:

  • How to analyze financial transactions
  • The steps in the accounting cycle
  • How to prepare basic financial statements in accordance with G.A.A.P.
  • To draft correspondence, documents and reports in Microsoft Word
  • To create PowerPoint presentations
  • To manage financial data using Excel
  • Basic tax return preparation skills
  • How to apply accounting concepts to managerial decision-making
  • General business and economic principles
  • To write clearly and effectively for defined audiences

Accounting is an open enrollment program. We accept students once they are accepted to River Valley; no other requirements are necessary. If you have any questions about Accounting, please request information or contact the accounting faculty.

Total Credits:
60 – 65

Course Sequencing

First Year: Spring Semester

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Second Year: Fall Semester

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Second Year: Spring Semester

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Total Credits:
60 – 65

60-64 Credits Required


Graduates and Counting

Program Contacts

Michelle Kainen