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Accounting Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accounting

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Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy: The accounting advanced technical certificate is designed to support students that are interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has evaluated, approved, and awarded the designation “Qualifying Educational Credit for the CPA Examination” to Lone Star College. The designation allows students who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a Board-recognized US educational institution to take specified accounting courses or complete the advanced technical certificate. A separate admission process is required to have undergraduate and graduate transcripts evaluated by the chair of the program.

Four additional business courses that are not in the ATC in Professional Accountancy will be needed to fulfill the 24 semester hours educational requirement for business courses for the Texas CPA exam.

You can begin your steps to becoming eligible for the CPA exam by following the requirements below:

  • 150 semester hours of college credit
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division accounting courses which includes courses that meet the accounting/tax research and analysis requirement
  • 24 semester hours of upper level related business courses which includes a board-approved accounting/business communication course
  • 3 semester hours of board-approved ethics course

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Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward an Accounting AAS Degree.

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ACNT 1370 Taxation Procedures for Individuals 3
Elective Business Elective1 3
ACNT 1371 Financial Accounting Reporting Standards I 3
Elective Business Elective1 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ACNT 1373 Taxation Procedures for Partnerships, C Corporations, and S Corporations 3
ACNT 1372 Financial Accounting Reporting Standards II 3
Elective Business Elective1 3
ACNT 2345 Technical Writing for Accountants2 3
Third Semester Courses 12 Credits
ACNT 2309 Cost Accounting 3
ACNT 2333 Advanced Accounting3 3
ACNT 1393-or-ACNT 2336 Special Topics in Taxation4-or-Financial Statement Analysis4 3
Elective Accounting Elective5 3
Fourth Semester Courses 9 Credits
Elective Accounting Elective5 3
ACNT 1340 Accounting and Business Ethics 3
ACNT 2370 Financial Statement Auditing Theory6 3
Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy Program Total 45 Credits


  1. Choose business electives from the following:
    BMGT 1309, BMGT 1327, BMGT 1331, BMGT 2303, BUSI 2301, BUSI 2372, ECON 2301, ECON 2302, HRPO 2301, HRPO 2304, HRPO 2307, IBUS 1305, IBUS 2341, MRKG 1311, MRKG 2348.
  2. Meets the TSBPA's requirement for a discrete (stand-alone) course in accounting communications or business communications.
  3. Meets the one hour requirement in accounting research and analysis for the state board.
  4. Meets the TSBPA's requirements for a discrete (stand-alone) course in accounting research and analysis.
  5. Choose accounting electives from the following: ACNT 1391, 1393, 23373, 2372, 2330
  6. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $39,0191

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Accounting Clerk2
  • Bookkeeper2
  • Accounting Assistant2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
2.Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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