Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

This program is designed especially for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than accounting and wish to sit for the CPA examination. This program qualifies you to sit for the CPA examination under current Kentucky law. To sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky, total accounting semester hours must total 27, business related semester hours (including the accounting hours) must total 39, and total university semester hours must total 150. Our program qualifies you for an accounting career in public accounting (CPA firms), corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies.

Students will be required to complete a total of 39 semester hours with at least 27 semester hours in accounting. This program is designed to be a part-time program, and should be able to be completed in 24 months. All accounting courses are offered on both day and night schedules.

Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, 39 credits

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline other than accounting;
  • Completion of these six required courses totaling eighteen credits: ACCT 101, 102, 211, 212, 313, 418;
  • Twelve credits selected from other accounting courses or B.A. 403;
  • Nine additional credits selected from other accounting, business administration, or finance courses.

Students may be able to receive credit for up to eighteen hours based on their undergraduate coursework in business and accounting. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in business will typically be able to transfer in fifteen semester hours of accounting and business coursework.  For all certificate students, a minimum of twenty-one credits must be completed at Bellarmine University.

Course prerequisite requirements are waived for all courses taken by certificate students.

For more information about the costs of the program and typical time to completion, please visit our consumer information website at http://www.bellarmine.edu/about/consumer/employment.aspx.