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CPA Examination

Requirements vary by state to qualify to take the C.P.A. examination. Individual students who have this examination as their goal are encouraged to develop a program which will meet those particular requirements. The accounting faculty will assist any student who wishes to develop such a program, but the student is responsible for determining whether his or her program will meet the qualification requirements.

For the State of Louisiana, the requirements are a baccalaureate degree (a specialization in accounting is not required) and additional hours to total 150 semester hours (undergraduate or a combination of undergraduate and graduate hours). College transcripts must include the 24 hours of accounting and 24 hours of business courses specified below. A maximum of six internship hours may be included in the 150 semester hours. Currently, the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana will not accept as part of the designated 48 hours: (1) internship hours, (2) hours credited by examination, and (3) hours earned on a pass/fail basis.

 

Accounting Hours

Intermediate Accounting

6 hours

Cost Accounting

3 hours

Income Tax Accounting

3 hours

Auditing

3 hours

Accounting elective: Advanced, Not-For-Profit, or Theory

3 hours

Accounting elective in accounting above the basic/elementary level

6 hours

Business Hours

Business courses other than accounting

21 hours

Commerical law as it affects accounting

3 hours

Total

48 hours

Louisiana College provides a complete program for satisfying all of these requirements.

According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, for 2011 Louisiana College graduates performed as follows:

  • Five LC graduates sat for the CPA exam.  The Pass Rate was 57.1%, being the second highest Pass Rate of twenty Louisiana institutions.  Tulane was first with a 57.2%.  The Louisiana Overall Average was 43.8%.  The National Average was 41.3%
  • The average score for LC graduates was 72.6 (fourth out of twenty Louisiana institutions).  The overall average in Louisiana was 70.3.  The National Average was 70.0.
  • The average age for LC graduates was 26, the youngest of Louisiana's twenty institutions.

For more information about the LC Division of Business Accounting program, contact Dr. Adena LeJeune...

By phone....318.487.7422
By email.... lejeune@lacollege.edu 
In person....Alexandria Hall, Room 208, LC campus

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