Become a CPA


Reasons to Become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Those three letters can really propel your career. They identify you in the business world as a professional willing to hold yourself to a higher standard and operate under a set of guidelines and principles that set you apart.

  • Industry Recognition: Professionals in many fields are recognized by their credentials. MD, MBA, RN, PH.D, PMP and CPA’s are all recognized as the professionals in their respective fields.  Only a CPA can audit a company’s books or officially validate its financial information and reports.  Because of this, a CPA is required for many jobs in accountancy.
  • High Demand for CPA’s: Baby Boomer CPA’s at some of the most prestigious accounting firms are retiring.  Thus the need for CPA’s is higher than any other time in recent history. Young CPA professionals are in high demand due to their savviness in pop culture, what’s trending, and especially implementing new technological tools to work smarter—not harder.

How do I become a CPA

Earn college credit at BSU while preparing for the CPA Exam!

The CPA exam prep courses at Bemidji State University are offered in an intensive and concentrated format designed to prepare you for each of the four sections of the exam.

These courses guide you through the entire exam process from application, to scheduling, to preparing to sit for the exam. Once you finish a course, you can sit for that section of the exam during the next available window.

BSU’s CPA exam prep courses will count toward the 150 total semester credits required to obtain your certification. However, they will not satisfy the basic 24 semester credit hours of upper-division accounting courses required to sit for the exam.

Why BSU’s CPA Exam Prep Courses?

  • 12 units of academic credit that count toward the 150 hour requirement to obtain CPA certification
  • A separate concentrated course for each section of the exam: take one, two, three or all four
  • Classes taught by campus faculty with advanced degrees
  • Personalized attention from BSU faculty

Online Program

The Exam Prep Courses are available online during summer and fall semesters making them an excellent alternative to the high cost commercial courses available.  The online courses are available to:

  • BSU Distance students nearing graduation
  • Accounting Students from other schools nearing graduation
  • Graduates who wish to obtain CPA certification
  • On-campus BSU students nearing graduation
  • Students/graduates who have completed the 24 upper-division accounting semester credits required to sit for the CPA exam


ACCT 4310 – Auditing & Attestation (AUD) (3 credits)
Preparation for Exam Section: Auditing & Attestation
The auditor’s responsibility and liability, ethics and standards of professional conduct, auditing electronic data systems, and the application of statistical audit techniques. Prerequisite: ACCT 4210 or consent of instructor. Offered summer term.

BUAD 4323 – Business Law, Ethics & Tax Regulation (REG) (3 credits)
Preparation for Exam Section: Regulation
Specialized study of business law areas tested by the Certified Public Accountants examination. Course intended primarily for Certified Public Accountant candidates. Offered fall semester.

ACCT 4217 – Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) (3 credits)
Preparation for Exam Section: Financial Accounting & Reporting
Comprehensive problem-solving on advanced accounting topics including the conceptual framework and structure of accounting theory, governmental and non-profit organization. Recommended prerequisites: ACCT 3202. Offered summer term.

ACCT 4510Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) (3 credits)
Preparation for Exam Section: Business Environment & Concepts
An in-depth study of special accounting problems adapted to current business conditions. Prerequisites: ACCT 3202, ACCT 3300, and ACCT 3302. Offered fall semester.


For more information contact Prof William Graves, Department Chair

For more information on taking these courses online visit the Center for Extended Learning website.


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