A Certified Public Accountant must meet various state educational and experience requirements in addition to passing the standardized examination prepared by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Students completing the 121-hour undergraduate accounting program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Upon completion of an additional 29 hours of study, the student meets the educational requirement of 150 hours currently set forth by the Louisiana State Board of Certified Public Accountants to sit for the CPA exam. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a double major or the MBA program to satisfy the additional hours.
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Nicholls graduates have a reputation for high CPA scores!
Nicholls State University accounting graduates had a pass rate of over twice the average of all Louisiana graduates on the CPA Examination, and in two of the exam’s four sections, Nicholls grads had the highest pass rate in the state.
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NSABA) report for 2005 showed that Nicholls accounting graduates without advanced degrees achieved a pass rate of 30.8 percent on the Financial section, compared to 12.7 percent for all Louisiana graduates; 38.5 percent on the Auditing section, compared to the state average pass rate of 18.8 percent; 46.2 percent on the Regulations section, nearly three times higher than the state average of 14 percent, and 23.1 percent on the Business section, twice that of the 11.1 state average.
The report also showed that Nicholls accounting graduates had the highest pass rate of all universities in the state in the Financial and Regulations sections, and Nicholls grads were second only to graduates of Tulane University in the Auditing and Business sections.