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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


Accounting is a challenging and dynamic profession. A certified public accountant (CPA) is a leader in that profession with the ability to provide a wide variety of client services including auditing, tax preparation and planning, financial statement preparation and consulting. In addition, CPAs work for companies, governmental entities and not-for-profit entities preparing and analyzing financial information for use by internal and external decision makers.

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 accounting technology – certified public accountant option 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. In addition, they will have been exposed to all of the technical subject material covered on the Uniform CPA exam. 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.