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Accounting Schools in Iowa

Accounting is a profession that involves recording, organizing, analyzing, and reporting on the finances within a business or organization. Maintaining budgets and understanding cost and revenue are essential for all businesses, and thus accountants can typically find employment in a wide variety of industries. Earning a degree in accounting may help you enter the non-profit sector, government, or private business. Graduates of accounting programs in Iowa may pursue a variety of career opportunities, from budget analyst to financial examiner, revenue agent to tax preparer.

Accounting schools in Iowa may offer different educational programs at multiple degree levels, including certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor's and master's degrees. Accounting programs generally have coursework in such subjects as financial reporting, managerial accounting, ethics, cost and revenue analysis, taxes and tax accounting, and budgeting.

Iowa Schools: Accounting Programs

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the colleges and universities listed below are just several of the many schools that offer certificate, diploma, and degree programs in such areas as accounting, accounting and business management, accounting and finance, bookkeeping, accounting technology, and auditing.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

AIB College of Business

Des Moines

www.aib.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$11,530

Ashford University

Clinton

www.ashford.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$17,679

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City

www.briarcliff.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,612

Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities

Bettendorf

www.brownmackie.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$19,132

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake

www.bvu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,517

Central College

Pella

www.central.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,083

Clarke University

Dubuque

www.clarke.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,945

Coe College

Cedar Rapids

www.coe.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,441

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny

www.dmacc.edu

2-year, Public

$10,611

Dordt College

Sioux Center

www.dordt.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,964

Drake University

Des Moines

www.drake.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$26,027

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport

www.eicc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,106

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls

www.iavalley.edu/ecc/index.html

2-year, Public

$10,203

Graceland University-Lamoni

Lamoni

www.graceland.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$14,268

Grand View University

Des Moines

www.grandview.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,841

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo

www.hawkeyecollege.edu

2-year, Public

$10,518

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa

www.indianhills.edu

2-year, Public

$10,229

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge

www.iowacentral.edu

2-year, Public

$7,116

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville

www.iowalakes.edu

2-year, Public

$9,652

Iowa State University

Ames

www.iastate.edu

4-year, Public

$13,400

Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant

www.iwc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,900

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs

www.iwcc.edu/

2-year, Public

$9,255

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

Cedar Falls

cedarfalls.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$23,983

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

Cedar Rapids

cedarrapids.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$19,390

Kaplan University-Council Bluffs Campus

Council Bluffs

councilbluffs.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$18,270

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

Davenport

online.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, Private for-profit

$13,963

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Urbandale

desmoines.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$18,700

Kaplan University-Mason City Campus

Mason City

masoncity.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$15,811

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids

www.kirkwood.edu

2-year, Public

$10,291

Loras College

Dubuque

www.loras.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,692

Luther College

Decorah

www.luther.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$24,566

Maharishi University of Management

Fairfield

www.mum.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,186

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown

www.iavalley.edu/mcc/index.html

2-year, Public

$9,320

Morningside College

Sioux City

www.morningside.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,893

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids

www.mtmercy.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,007

North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City

www.niacc.edu

2-year, Public

$7,607

Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

Calmar

www.nicc.edu

2-year, Public

$10,015

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon

www.nwicc.edu

2-year, Public

$10,136

Northwestern College

Orange City

www.nwciowa.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,789

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport

www.sau.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,596

Simpson College

Indianola

www.simpson.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,963

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington

www.scciowa.edu

2-year, Public

$8,049

Southwestern Community College

Creston

www.swcciowa.edu

2-year, Public

$6,367

University of Dubuque

Dubuque

www.dbq.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$13,873

University of Iowa

Iowa City

www.uiowa.edu

4-year, Public

$14,928

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls

www.uni.edu

4-year, Public

$13,778

Upper Iowa University

Fayette

www.uiu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,837

Wartburg College

Waverly

www.wartburg.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$21,848

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City

www.witcc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,925

William Penn University

Oskaloosa

www.wmpenn.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,240

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Iowa Accountants

The Iowa Accountancy Examining Board is the licensing body for both Licensed Public Accountants (LPA) and Certified Public Accountants (CPA). According to the Iowa Workforce Information Network, LPAs must have one or more of the following requirements: two years continuous work experience supervised by a CPA or LPA, a four-year accounting degree from a North Central Accreditation Association-recognized college or university and/or a degree in accounting from a business or correspondence school sanctioned by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools or the National Home Study Council. Within a three-year renewal period for licensure, LPAs must complete 120 hours of continuing education.

CPA applicants must earn at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or an equivalent subject area, complete 150 semester hours of study, pass the Uniform CPA Examination and work one full year, gaining qualifying experience before licensure. CPAs in Iowa are also required to complete 120 hours of continuing education within a three-year certification renewal period.

Those looking into either campus or online accounting degrees in Iowa should make inquiries into necessary requirements for all accounting certifications. Students are encouraged to talk to a college admissions counselor regarding options after graduating from accounting schools in Iowa.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Iowa

Graduates with accounting degrees in Iowa may have several potential career paths to follow. Three of the "Big Four" accounting firms have offices in Iowa. Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Deloitte have branches in Des Moines. Deloitte also has offices located in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. Regional and national firms such as McGladrey & Pullen and CliftonLarsonAllen also operate in Iowa.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that as of May 2012, 9,920 accountants and auditors were employed throughout the state. According to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, has the fifth-highest concentration of financial services in the U.S., and the city's metropolitan area has the highest concentration of financial services employment in the country.

Besides entering traditional accountant positions, graduates of accounting schools in Iowa may also pursue employment in a variety of industries, from government accounting to auditing, tax preparation to credit analysis. The state is also home to accounting firms in cities like Polk City, Des Moines and Spencer, which present another potential employment opportunity for accounting degree holders.

Accounting Firms in Iowa

City

Website

McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith

Des Moines

www.mhcscpa.com

Norman K. Pixler

Spencer

www.nkpcpa.com

Hogan - Hansen

Cedar Falls

www.hoganhansen.com

Buckley & Company

Des Moines

www.buckleycpas.com

Ryun, Givens Wenthe & Co.

Des Moines

www.rgwcpa.com

Pittman Company

Des Moines

www.pittmancpa.com

Erpelding, Voigt & Co.

Algona

www.evcpa.com

Tax Doctor, Inc.

Des Moines

www.iowataxdoctor.com

Gardiner Thomsen & Co.

Des Moines

www.gardinercpa.com

Lindahl Financial Services

Polk City

www.lindahlcpa.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Iowa

Nationally, between 2010 and 2020, employment growth for accountants and auditors is projected by the BLS to reach 16 percent. However, the Iowa Workforce Development Department estimates employment of accountants and auditors in the state of Iowa should grow by 18 percent during the same period, outpacing national growth projections.

Other positions expected to experience job growth in Iowa between 2010 and 2020 include bookkeepers, financial analysts and credit analysts.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Iowa (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010 - 2010

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010 - 2020

Accountants and Auditors

$62,390

$71,040

18%

16%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$31,640

$36,640

12.8%

36%

Financial Analysts

$68,120

$72,100

25.5%

10%

Credit Analysts

$63,040

$69,500

35.3%

23%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Iowa Workforce Development Department

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants Association of Iowa

http://www.aaiiowa.com/

American Institute of CPAs

http://www.aicpa.org/

Certified Public Accountant, Occupational Information Center, Iowa Workforce Information Network

http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/iowa/OIC?action=license&licid=0000000095

Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau

http://www.state.ia.us/government/com/prof/home.html

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants

http://www.iacpa.org/

Iowa, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ia.htm

Licensed Public Accountant, Occupational Information Center, Iowa Workforce Information Network

http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/iowa/OIC?action=license&licid=0000000283

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

http://nasba.org/

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

Industry Cluster, Iowa Economic Development Authority

http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/FinancialServices/FinServicesCluster

National Web Directory, Iowa Accounting Firms

http://www.nationalwebdirectory.net/getcategory.php?state=Iowa&category=accounting

Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Occupational Projections 2010-2020

http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/iowa/ArticleReader?itemid=00003928

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

 

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