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Professional Accounting Certificate

Overview

The certificate in Professional Accounting helps to prepare students with or without a college degree for public accounting positions or in accounting positions for private firms or government agencies. The certificate includes additional courses for students who plan to take the CPA exam and will help prepare them for it. The credits earned for the certificate can be applied to an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.  

This certificate can be taken as an undergraduate day or evening program. 

In this Program

You will:

  • Understand how to calculate, record, and provide financial information about the reporting entity that is useful to its present and potential equity investors, its lenders, and other creditors to assist them in making decisions about providing resources to the entity.
  • Identify types of taxes used by federal and state governments to raise revenue, differentiate between tax avoidance and tax evasion; apply the tax tables and tax rate schedules to determine taxable income or refund.
  • Understand the function of managerial and cost accounting in the areas of planning with the use of budgets; controlling, by assessing the entity’s financial performance, and decision-making where the entity uses results of its financial performance to make current and future decisions.

Requirements and Curriculum

Professional Accounting Certificate 18 S.H.

  • BSAD 2010 Introduction to Financial Reporting 
  • BSAD 2020 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 
  • BSAD 3120 Cost Accounting 
  • BSAD 4100 Advanced Accounting I 
  • BSAD 4103 Advanced Accounting II 
  • BSAD 4150 Federal Taxation