Accounting - Professional Accounting (Certificate T0883)

Business Division

The purpose of the Professional Accounting Certificate is to help students and emerging professionals get the classes and real world experience they need to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in California. In addition, it is also designed to give accounting professionals, students and CPA candidates, who already have a degree or certificate, the additional skills and insight to expand their training and hiring potential in regard to emerging and advanced accounting topics. These jobs include entry level staff accountants, auditors, senior tax preparers, analysts, as well as practicing, sole proprietorships, working accounting professionals and consultants.The courses in this certificate qualify for the accounting educational units, however, only the California Board of Accountancy can authorize and accept the educational units.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
BUSA 7Principles of Accounting - Financial5
BUSA 8Principles of Accounting - Managerial5
BUSA 52Intermediate Accounting I3
BUSA 52BIntermediate Accounting II3
BUSA 58Federal Income Tax Law4
BUSA 61Corporations and Partnerships Taxation4
BUSA 62Accounting Ethics and Leadership3
BUSA 63External Auditing3
BUSA 64Specialized Accounting Topics3
BUSA 76Excel for Accounting3
Total Units36

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Analyze and record transactions using a journal and a ledger, of varying degrees of difficulty including adjusting, and closing entries.
  • Interpret accounting statements.
  • Explain the role of the managerial accountant and describe the uses of managerial accounting information.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
BUSA 7 Principles of Accounting - Financial 5
BUSM 20 Principles of Business 3
Spring Term 1
BUSA 52 Intermediate Accounting I 3
BUSA 8 Principles of Accounting - Managerial 5
Fall Term 2
BUSA 52B Intermediate Accounting II 3
BUSA 75 QuickBooks for Accounting 3
BUSA 76 Excel for Accounting 3
Submit petition:, Student Tab #45 5
Certificate in Accounting N0459 9
 Total Units25
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