College of DuPage Offers Path to CPA Certification

Aug 28, 2015, 17:00 ET from College of DuPage

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Advanced Accounting certificate program at College of DuPage prepares students to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Aimed at CPA exam candidates who have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a business-related major other than accounting, the Advanced Accounting certificate program requires participants to complete 30 to 32 credit hours covering a variety of topics, including financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and federal taxation. Upon completion of the program, participants are eligible and well-prepared to sit for the CPA exam.

According to Accounting program Coordinator Maureen McBeth, the program provides students at different levels of educational and professional experience the opportunity to break into or move forward in the accounting field.

"We get three types of students: those who have earned a bachelor's in accounting who are looking for the extra credits to satisfy the 150 credits required to sit for the exam; professionals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a different field who are looking to change careers or open up more options; and those who earn the credential as a way to enter the workforce in an entry- to mid-level accounting job," McBeth said.

McBeth said there are several elements that set the Accounting program at COD apart from similar programs.

"All of our professors hold master's degrees and are licensed CPAs," she said. "We are also unique in that almost every class required for this credential is offered each semester so students can go through the program year-round. In addition, the Advanced Accounting certificate program appeals to many people who are currently working. The program offers great flexibility in that all classes can be taken in online and hybrid formats, as well as in traditional classroom settings, including weeknight and weekend offerings."

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SOURCE College of DuPage