Demand Continues To Grow For CPA Accountants

Public Accounting Bachelor’s Degree

Our five-year Public Accounting Bachelor’s degree is designed to meet the CPA licensure exam education requirements. Many students enroll in a Master’s degree to meet their CPA licensure education requirements. Our degree streamlines the process of qualifying for licensure as a CPA, so you can avoid that extra time in class—typically two years or more—and still meet the CPA licensure exam requirements.

If you are interested in a certification other than CPA, consider one of our accounting programs.

Curriculum Designed to Help You Pass Your CPA Exam

As a Public Accounting Bachelor's degree student, your CPA exam preparation course covers topics that provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for your CPA licensure exam, including:

  • Auditing
  • Accounting Research
  • Risk Management
  • Taxation

Whether you want an accounting career in the public, private, or government sector, our degree helps you develop the skills necessary to become a successful CPA:

  • Effective client communication methods
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving tactics
  • Efficient industry-specific tech and intellectual proficiency
  • Solid leadership skills to manage a team of professionals

Learn more about our Public Accounting Bachelor's degree by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • CPA exam skill development throughout courses
  • Small online and on campus class sizes with personalized attention
  • Career services advisors help you find the job you want

Public Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Courses

Our Public Accounting Bachelor’s degree helps prepare students to pass their CPA exam and maximize their credentials within the accounting industry.

For a complete list of CPA licensure requirements in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Illinois visit:

Sample Course List

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
This course is a study of accounting principles as they apply to governmental organizations and not-for-profit entities.
CPA Exam Preparation
The CPA exam preparation course provides students with a comprehensive review of topics tested on the CPA examination. Students learn through lecture as well as problem solving.
Advanced Federal Tax Theory
This course provides advanced instruction in the tax laws as implemented by the Internal Revenue Service, addressing individuals, corporations, and partnerships.
Accounting Fraud Investigation
This course is a study of the internal audit principles, practices, and control evaluations that are utilized to ensure accountability, responsibility and ethical operations within an organization.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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    Net. Estimated Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Accountants and Auditors$40,370$50,340$65,080

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study