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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Major

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
BUS124  Business Analysis with Algebra
BUS121  Business Administration
ACC130  Business Law & Ethics
Arts & Humanities Elective
ACC132  Financial Accounting
ACC127  Quantitative Business Statistics
AOT226  Spreadsheet Microsoft Excel
COM121  Effective Speaking
BUS221  Microeconomics
ACC221  Intermediate Accounting I
ACC133  Managerial Accounting
ACC124  Individual Taxation
MTH106  Math for Technology
Technical Elective
ACC222  Intermediate Accounting II
ACC223  Cost Accounting
ACC225  Auditing
FIN220  Business Finance
Technical Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 73-74

Under the Ohio Revised Code, in order to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, a candidate must have obtained at least an associate degree with a concentration in accounting that includes related courses in other areas of business administration. The certified public accountant major program curriculum meets the associate degree requirements as set forth in the code. Upon completing the curriculum, a candidate must take and earn a minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) prior to being allowed to sit for the CPA Exam. After four years of approved work experience, a successful candidate may be certified.

The goal is that students successfully completing the accounting program – certified public accountant major will be exposed to all the tools and skills necessary to be successful in an accounting career. They will have covered all the technical knowledge required and practiced its application. Students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge and abilities throughout the program within individual classes and in the capstone course.

The current business environment requires all prospective employees to have good communication skills, both written and oral, and to be able to interact with co-workers and clients in a professional manner. Employers also expect workers to have strong computational skills, to be computer literate and to be able to think critically. All students completing a program at Stark State College will be introduced, provided practice in and be expected to master these basic competencies.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; www.acbsp.org

A certified public accountant (CPA) provides a wide variety of client services, including auditing, tax preparation and planning, financial statement preparation and consulting. With this degree you’ll have many of the tools and skills necessary for a successful accounting career, and you’ll be familiar with the technical material on the CPA exam. Accounting classes are taught by certified professionals with industry experience, with scheduling flexibility of day, night, face-to-face and fully online courses. You can easily transition to a bachelor’s degree program and then a career as a CPA.

DEGREE EARNED
Associate of applied business in accounting

CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
Career Enhancement Certificates in
Basic Accounting
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Taxation

WORK IN MANY AREAS, INCLUDING
• public accounting
• health care
• industry
• public sector
• government
• nonprofit
• banking

PREPARE FOR A CAREER AS A(N) 
• staff accountant
• accounts payable analyst
• accounts receivable analyst
• auditor (internal/external)
• tax compliance and planning
• estate consulting
• controller

PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS 
Institute of Management Accountants Scholarships
Daniel Schonhoft and Thomas Presper Accounting Technology Annual Scholarship

JOIN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS 
Institute of Management Accountants student chapter
Enactus (Entrepreneurial Action Us club)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT 
Don Mullen
Department Chair, Accounting and Finance
330-966-5453, Ext. 4037
dmullen@starkstate.edu