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Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy

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Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy: The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) awarded Lone Star College (LSC) the designa­tion to offer “Qualifying Educational Credit for the CPA Examination.” Thirteen of the LSC accounting courses meet the TSBPA’s definition of upper-division accounting courses required to take the CPA exam. This designation allows individuals who have already earned a bacca­laureate or higher degree from a Board recognized educational institution to gain the thirty (30) advanced accounting hours as well as upper level related business hours required to qualify for the CPA exam. To obtain the Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy the individual should take no less than 24 semester hours of accounting and certain related business courses from LSC toward fulfilling the certificate requirements.

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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Contact the CPA Program Chair Karen Russom at karen.n.russom@lonestar.edu for specific information, advising, and recommended sequencing of courses.

First Year

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

Second Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ACNT 2309 Cost Accounting 3
Elective Business Elective1 3
ACNT 2330 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3
ACNT 2333 Advanced Accounting3 3
ACNT 1393-or-ACNT 2336 Special Topics in Taxation4-or-Financial Statement Analysis4 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
Elective Accounting Elective5 3
ACNT 1340 Accounting and Business Ethics 3
ACNT 2370 Accounting and Business Ethics6 3
Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy Program Total 45 Credits


  1. Choose business electives from the following:
    BUSI 2372, 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
  6. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $65,0101

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

  • Certified Public Accountant2

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. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  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 $792 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.