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Bookkeeping

Degree Description

The Bookkeeping program is a two-semester, one-year diploma program designed to give you the skills you need for the growing number of entry-level bookkeeping positions available.

All of the classes in the Bookkeeping program transfer directly into WDT’s associate of applied science degree program in Accounting. These two programs give you options so you can prepare for the exact career you want.

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Application Process

1. Complete WDT Application
2. Submit High School transcript or GED scores
3. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
4. Submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution
5. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15.00 fee)

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

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Career Description

Students can complete this program online or on campus!

What you’ll learn

The Bookkeeping program will provide students with technical understanding and skills development by integrating theory with practical experience. Through the program, students will develop skills in accounting principles, finance, payroll accounting, Quickbooks, and more. Students will learn how to complete the typical duties of someone working in the bookkeeping field, including:

  • Using bookkeeping software as well as online spreadsheets and databases
  • Entering (posting) financial transactions into the appropriate computer software
  • Receiving and recording cash, checks, and vouchers
  • Putting costs (debits) as well as income (credits) into the software, assigning each to an appropriate account
  • Producing reports such as income statements (costs compared to income), balance sheets, and totals by account
  • Checking figures, postings, and reports for accuracy
  • Reconciling or noting and reporting any differences they find in the records

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After Earning Your Degree

Through 2020, the number of bookkeepers and auditing clerks is expected to grow by 9.1 percent in South Dakota. We also expect a 12.2 percent increase in the number of jobs for billing and posting clerks, a related field for which Bookkeeping graduates would be prepared.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


  • Barbara Williamson

  • Donna Hanks

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

Disclaimer: Western Dakota Tech provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Western Dakota Tech of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave wdt.edu, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. Western Dakota Tech makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party websites or vendors.

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