The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) will prepare students with skills necessary to meet accounting demands now and in the future. This major will provide significant business and management background, extensive accounting knowledge, including information technology and systems skills, development of communication abilities, and awareness of ethics in business and accounting. The major will allow students to select from a variety of electives that will complement their areas of interest, to include information and computer technologies, management, financial planning, and law. In addition accounting internship opportunities are available to enhance the students' educational experience.
The 150 Hour Accounting Education Requirement
Pennsylvania 150 Hour Accounting Education Requirements- Effective for those sitting for the CPA exam after December 31, 2011, students must complete 150 hours of post-secondary education (an undergraduate degree plus additional hours or a master’s degree), including 36 hours of accounting, tax, finance and business law, prior to becoming licensed as a CPA in Pennsylvania. The candidate can take the CPA exam prior to meeting the education requirements.
How can we help you meet that requirement?
To fulfill the 150 credit hour educational requirements for licensing as a CPA in the State of Pennsylvania and to meet the requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), we offer students options. The most versatile and exciting of those is to complete dual bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration: Banking and Finance Concentration. By completing these dual degrees, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Account (CPA) examination.
We encourage students who wish to meet the CPA 150 hour requirement to begin working out a plan with their academic adviser as early as possible. We work with each student seeking their CPA license to help them create a degree completion plan that addresses the additional credit hours and may include a number of combinations of the following:
- Advanced Placement (AP) credits
- Alternative Credits
- CLEP credits
- Summer classes through Pennsylvania College of Technology or classes through a local community college or university
- Internship credits
- Dual Degree/Dual Major (Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance)
With careful planning, students can meet the 150 hour requirement within four years if willing to attend summer sessions here and/or elsewhere.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Application/Major Code: ACO – view in catalog
- School: Business & Hospitality
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 122
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Out-of-state students enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
B.S. curriculum provides preparation toward professional accounting certifications.
The Accounting and Business programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Positions in public accounting, industry, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and "in your own account." After gaining experience, opportunities for advancement and additional responsibilities will be available. Types of jobs that require accounting and financial background include: appraising, banking, financial management, government service, insurance, investment analysis, law, public accounting, managerial accounting, management consulting, financial planning, marketing, purchasing, real estate, small business, and designing and implementing accounting systems. Certifications to enhance professional opportunities include the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), Certified Credit Executive (CCE), Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), and the Enrolled Agent (EA). Requirements vary based on education, experience, and testing requirements.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $70,500 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $122,840.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services||325,930||$40.25||$83,710|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||97,500||$38.47||$80,020|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||46,170||$32.70||$68,030|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||41,520||$30.73||$63,920|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||40,370||$39.62||$82,410|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Read more about the recommended internship.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Clubs & Activities
Alpha Chi (ΑΧ)
Delta Mu Delta (ΔΜΔ)
Student Government Association (SGA)
Student-managed Investment Fund
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Accounting Advisory Committee
- Mr. Jon P Conklin, CPA, President & CEO, Woodlands Bank
- Mr. David W Dawes, Director of Supply Chain, Lycoming Engines
- Mr. William E Ebersole, JD, CPA, CFE, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Mr. Robert L Emert, II, CPA, President/CEO, Emert & Associates, P.C.
- Ms. Yvette M Graver, CPA, Director of Finance, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Mr. Kevin Kilgus, '88, Controller, CMC Joist & Deck
- Ms. Lori A Kriner, Accounting Manager, Families United Network, Inc.
- Ms. Jaime L Kuntz, CPA, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
- Ms. Brenda Nichols, Chief Financial Officer, Larson Design Group, Inc.
- Ms. Lea Ann S Plessinger, CPA LLC, Managing Member, CPA, LLC, Self Employed
- Ms. Susan Powell, '85, Accountant
- Mr. Peter Stockett, CFP, '92, CFP Registered Representative, 18th Street Financial Services, LLP
- Ms. Andrea Turner, Plant Controller, West Pharmaceutical Services
- Ms. Dorothy White, Tax Collector, Loyalsock Township Tax Office
- Mr. Richard Wienecke
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.