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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

Career Studies Certificate


This curriculum will provide students with the accounting courses needed to meet the requirements of the Virginia Board for Accountancy to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (C.P.A.) examination. To meet the educational requirements to sit for the Virginia CPA exam, a candidate must obtain from one or more accredited institutions or from the National College:
  - At least 120 semester hours of education;
  - Baccalaureate or higher degree; and
  - Accounting concentration or equivalent*

Requirements include:
  - Minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting courses, to include: courses in auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, and taxation; and
  - Minimum of 24 semester hours of business courses. As many as 6 hours of accounting courses (not included in the 24 hours of accounting courses) may be considered for the business course requirement.

*Principles or introductory accounting courses cannot be considered in determining whether a person has obtained the 48 minimum number of semester hours required for an accounting concentration or equivalent.

Admission Requirements:  Successful completion of ACC 211 & 212 Principles of Accounting I-II or equivalent as demonstrated through transcript evaluation.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ACC 219 Govt. & Not-For-Profit Accounting 3
ACC 221 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 261 Principles of Federal Taxation I 3
1ENG/CST Elective 3
Total   12
2nd Semester
ACC 222 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 231 Cost Accounting I 3
ACC 262 Principles of Federal Taxation II 3
Total   9
3rd Semester
ACC 230 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC 241 Auditing 3
Total   6
Total credits for the Accounting Career Studies Certificate=27

All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA.

Since the CPA exam is a computer-based test, students should be proficient with computers, including the ability to work with Windows, Word & Excel.

1 The ENG/CST requirement may be met by ENG 111 or other ENG courses approved by your advisor, or by CST 100, 110, 115, 126, 227 or 229.