Accounting, C.S.C.

Career Studies Certificate
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

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 the following:

  • at least 120 semester hours of education;
  • baccalaureate or higher degree; and
  • accounting concentration or equivalent*

Requirements include:

  • a minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting courses, to include courses in auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, and taxation; and
  • a 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.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ACC 219 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3
ACC 221 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 231 Cost Accounting I 3
ACC 261 Principles of Federal Taxation I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Total 15
2nd Semester
ACC 222 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 230 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC 241 Auditing I 3
ACC 262 Principles of Federal Taxation II 3
Total 12
Total credits for the Career Studies Certificate = 27
One Year Credits
1st Semester
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC
219
3
Intermediate Accounting I
ACC
221
3
ACC
231
3
ACC
261
3
ENG
111
3
Total 15
2nd Semester
Intermediate Accounting II
ACC
222
3
Advanced Accounting
ACC
230
3
ACC
241
3
ACC
262
3
Total 12
Total credits for the 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. First-time-to-college students ages 17-24 must complete an SDV course within their first year 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, and Excel.

Join Our Community

Starting at NOVA is a smart decision. Both traditional and non-traditional learners can select from a wide variety of offerings. Get in touch today.

*Indicates Required Field