Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program will provide students with the accounting courses needed to meet the requirements of the Virginia Board of Accountancy to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) examination.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: These accounting courses may also meet accounting requirements of various government and private sector positions.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students entering this program must have successfully completed Principles of Accounting I and II (ACC 211-212). Since the CPA exam is computer-based, students should be proficient with computers, including the ability to work with Windows, Word, and Excel. Students should speak with their Accounting faculty advisor prior to enrolling in courses. To meet the educational requirements to sit for the Virginia CPA exam, a candidate must obtain the following from one or more accredited institutions:

  • At least 120 semester hours of college courses;
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree; and
  • Accounting concentration or equivalent.

Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA) requires the following:

  • 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 six hours of accounting courses (not included in the 24 hours of accounting courses) may be considered for the business course requirement.

Although they are in addition to the CSC, if needed, students can complete the 24 business credit hours required by the Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA). Please see your faculty advisor for recommended courses.

*Principles of Accounting courses (ACC 211-212) or introductory accounting courses cannot be considered in determining whether a person has obtained the minimum of 48 semester hours or equivalent required for an accounting concentration.






ACC 2211 Intermediate Accounting I 3


ACC 2312 Cost Accounting I



ACC 261 Principles of Federal Taxation I 3


ACC 241 Auditing I 3


ACC 2221 Intermediate Accounting II 3


______3 Accounting Elective 3


______3 Accounting Elective 3


______3 Accounting Elective 3


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1 Prerequisite is ACC 211 with a grade of "B" or higher.

2 Prerequisite is ACC 212 with a grade of "C" or higgher.

3 Students will take 3 of the following 4 classes: ACC 217, ACC 219, ACC 215, ACC 240.

Name Program Email Phone
Sheila Betz Accounting CSC 804/523-5280
Glenna Bryant Accounting CSC 804/523-5490

Common Job Titles1: Accountant; Accounting Manager; Accounting Officer; Accounting Supervisor; Assurance Manager; Assurance Senior; Audit Manager; Audit Partner; Auditor; Auditor-in-Charge; Business Analyst; Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Cost Accountant; Financial Auditor; General Accountant; Internal Audit Director; Internal Auditor; Project Accountant; Revenue Tax Specialist; Staff Accountant

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 8,351

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $51,300 - $92,700

Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.