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With business bachelor’s degree, anyone can take classes at TCC for CPA    


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Nov. 6, 2007) – With a business degree in hand and 30 specialized credits at Tidewater Community College, any one can take a career step into certified public accounting.


Those certain things in life – death and taxes – provide constant work for certified public accountants. From financial and estate planning to preparing annual taxes, CPAs help businesses and individuals keep their books in order and their financial well being on track.


The Virginia Board of Accountancy, notes TCC accounting professor Carolyn Satz, requires CPA examination candidates to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a total of 150 semester hours in accounting and business subjects distributed as follows:

       - 30 semester hours in accounting including financial or intermediate accounting, management/cost accounting, taxation, and auditing (*these four courses must be upper level accounting, not introductory level courses, and are offered by TCC); and

      - 24 semester hours in business subjects, at the graduate or undergraduate level. 

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“People often don’t realize how relatively easily they can qualify for the CPA exam,” says Satz, and finish coursework affordably at a community college tuition rate.


Plus, it’s news to many professionals with business degrees that they can add CPA to their accreditations and shift into an in-demand, evolving career area, adds Carolyn McLellan, dean of information technology and business at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus. “Students today in the accounting field have changing opportunities, a whole range of new choices – from working in the information technology side of the house to doing house calls, while doing their work electronically,” she explains.



MEDIA NOTE: Contact Laurie White, 822-1085, to talk with TCC professors on CPA preparation and other accounting news.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit