Become an Accountant


DACC and IWU have teamed up to provide DACC students the ability to efficiently, inexpensively and seamlessly complete the necessary online courses outlined in the “Illinois Uniform CPA Examination Education Requirements” as required by Illinois’s CPA Board.



If you are a DACC accounting major you could transfer up to 84 credits toward your BS Accounting leaving as few as 36 credits to be taken at IWU. If you are a non-accounting major you can transfer all your DACC credits toward your BSA and take all 48 BSA major credits from IWU.


After completing your BSA at IWU, start your MS Accounting or MBA at IWU to satisfy the CPA Board’s graduate credit requirements. The MSA is the shorter and less expensive path because it contains all the accounting-related courses required Illinois’s CPA Board. If you prefer to earn an MBA instead, you can. IWU’s MBA satisfies all but one of the CPA Board’s graduate education requirements. If you choose the MBA path you will need to take one additional accounting course at IWU, Forensic Accounting.

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Using the “language of business,” accountants assemble, analyze, process, and communicate essential information about financial operations. Accountants keep a company’s managers aware of up-to-date, accurate, and relevant information on the firm’s finances. Accountants often require knowledge on a company’s operation from the inside out, accountants often acquire the knowledge they need to move into administration, management, and entrepreneurial roles.

DACC’s accounting curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and growth in the accounting profession. You can earn a certificate or an AAS degree. DACC’s flexible classes can be taken full-time, part-time, traditional classroom or online. Your time at DACC can vary, depending on how many classes you take per semester and if you choose to earn a certificate or an AAS Accounting Degree. See an advisor for more details.

The accounting curriculum is designed to open doors to a wide variety of positions including:
Account Manager
Accounting Associate
Accounts Payable or Receivable Clerk
Billing Coordinator
Finance Assistant
Accounting position in an Accounting Firm
Government Agencies
Hospitals & Medical facilities
Manufacturing Firms
School Systems
Small Businesses

There are affordable career pathways for accounting students beyond your associate’s degree through DACC, this includes DACC’s 2+2 Degree Options, 3+1 Bachelor Degree Option, or Master Degree/CPA Education Option.

Danville Area Community College and Indiana Wesleyan University have a partnership that offers you a Master’s in Accounting (MSA) or a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). This partnership provides a pathway for DACC Accounting graduates to prepare to sit for the CPA exam. See your DACC advisor for more information.

Our accounting faculty work very closely with various employers whom we keep in contact. Often they will call us looking for interns and employees.

Tuition is currently $140/credit hour, cost runs about $12,000 to $12,500 with textbooks and lab fees. DACC has many opportunities for our students for scholarships.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018-2028, which is about average for all occupations. Median salaries range from $40,000 for bookkeeping and auditing clerks to $71,000 for accountants. You can obtain more information about job projections and salaries here

Interested in entering this fast-paced, growing field? Contact Terri Cummings at 217-443-8786 or email