Program Overview

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Professional Accounting Certificate - Track 2


Business and Social Sciences Division, Room T302, (847) 543-2047

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/acc
Degree: Certificate
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This track assumes the student has NOT completed ACC 121 and ACC 122.

This certificate is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree, in any field, and would like to continue their education to qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.


Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester (Summer)

4 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

Financial Accounting

4

Second Semester

14 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Managerial Accounting

4

course

Federal Taxation of Individuals

3

course

Intermediate Accounting I

4

course +

Business Law I

3

Third Semester

14 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Federal Taxation of Entities

3

course

Cost Accounting

3

course

Intermediate Accounting II

4

course

Research Topics in Taxation

1

course

Business Ethics

3

Fourth Semester

7 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Financial Accounting Research

1

course

Auditing

3

course

Managerial Communication

3

Total Hours for Certificate

39

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better. NOTE: Students having earned any degree previously do not need to complete CLC 120.

+ Cross listed with LGL 221.

The accounting electives, Cost Accounting and Advanced Accounting, are strongly recommended for students preparing to sit for the CPA exam.

Students transferring in the equivalent of ACC 121 and/or ACC 122, for less than eight hours, will need to take additional Accounting electives to meet the required 30 hours in accounting courses.

For students preparing to sit for the CPA exam, the following additional courses are recommended to meet the 24 hour requirement in Business- BUS 111, BUS 121, BUS 222, BUS 223, ECO 221, ECO 222.

Complete CPA Requirements at CLC
To qualify to take the CPA exam in Illinois, a candidate must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree, in any field;

  2. 150 semester hours of college credit;

  3. 30 semester hours of Accounting credit (included in 150 above), to include courses in Financial, Managerial, Taxation, Auditing; and

  4. 24 semester hours in Business, to include Business Ethics (BUS 132) and Managerial Communication (BUS 237). Please note that although BUS 237 is a 3 credit course, only 2 hours of BUS 237 will count toward the 24 semester Business credit requirement.

Additional information and requirements for the CPA exam for those with graduate degrees in business or accounting is available on the Illinois CPA Society web page, www.icpas.org. Exam information may also be found at the Illinois Board of Examiner’s site, www.ilboa.org. All students are encouraged to meet with an accounting faculty member to discuss their plan of study for the CPA exam.

Call the Business and Social Sciences Division at (847)543-2047 for faculty contact information.