The CPA Examination Preparation undergraduate certificate is meant for students that have an accounting or business degree and wish to prepare for the CPA Exam. Experience in accounting analysis and the preparation of financial reports are not only essential business skills, but also in high demand by employers in all industries.

The curriculum for this 8-course online certificate program was developed by the university’s industry advisory council in cooperation with the Florida Education Advisory Committee (FEAC). Coursework includes:

  • Intermediate Accounting I, II and II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Law for Accountants
  • Individual Federal Taxes

Please note that sitting for and passing the CPA exam does not guarantee licensure in any state.  The CPA exam is a state-by-state license and each state requires different courses for licensure. As such, it is your responsibility to find the specific course work that your state’s Board of Accountancy requires for licensure.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Preparing financial statements in accordance with appropriate standards.
  • Interpreting the business implications of financial statement information.
  • Preparing accounting information for planning and control and for the evaluation of products, projects and divisions.
  • Judging product, project, divisional, and organizational performance using managerial accounting information.
  • Identifying organizational information technology components and risks that can affect financial systems and prescribing appropriate controls.
  • Preparing business and individual tax returns in accordance with regulations of the appropriate authorities.
  • Analyzing transaction data and tax authorities for purposes of tax planning.
  • Designing an audit program to frame the various elements of planning, testing and reporting phases of an audit in the context of the overall audit objective, engagement risk assessment and internal controls.
  • Applying auditing concepts to evaluate the conformity of financial statements with appropriate auditing standards.
  • Analyzing internal controls and interpreting assessment of engagement risk.

Certificate Requirements (24 semester hours)

ACCT301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT302Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT303Intermediate Accounting III3
ACCT305Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT400Auditing3
ACCT401Cost Accounting3
ACCT415Law for Accountants3
ACCT420Individual Federal Taxes3
Total Semester Hours24