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The goal of the Accounting Associate curriculum is to prepare students for employment in accounting positions upon completion of the degree or certificates. Graduates may qualify as tax aides, assistants to controllers or staff accountants.

The curriculum offers a 63 credit hour A.A.S. degree program, and four accounting certificates: a 42 credit hour certificate in accounting with concentrated study in accounting principles, intermediate accounting, cost accounting, federal taxes and advanced accounting; a 16 credit hour certificate in bookkeeping that leads to the national professional bookkeepers certification; a 19 credit hour certificate in income tax preparation that leads to the IRS enrolled agent exam; and a 36 credit hour professional accounting-CPA preparation certificate that leads to the national uniform CPA exam.

For students planning to transfer, senior-level institutions usually accept ACC 153 and ACC 154 only.

For students working toward the CPA examination, the Board of Examiners requires candidates to take a total of 150 semester credit hours. All accounting and business courses taken at Oakton will count toward this 150-hour requirement. The Board of Examiners also requires candidates to take 30 credit hours of accounting. Most accounting courses at Oakton will satisfy the 30-credit-hour requirement, but not all. Check the course list on the Frequently Asked Question page.

Additional information concerning the CPA examination may be obtained from: Illinois Board of Examiners, 1120 Diehl Road Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60563, 815.753.8900, or They can be contacted at

For more information about Oakton's accounting program, see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Leslie Van Wolvelear, student advisor for the accounting program, at 847.376.7135 or

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CPAs, Earn CPE Credits at Oakton
Take a course in QuickBooks, Sage 50, Excel or Payroll Accounting, and earn 15 hours of CPE credit for each course. For more information contact Leslie Van Wolvelear at 847.376.7135, or
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Become a QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Take ACC 251 QuickBooks Comprhensive to prepare for the professional exam.

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Take Research, Ethics, and Communications at Oakton
Oakton has courses to satisfy the new education requirements for CPA Candidates. These are all offered online. Research-ACC 243, Ethics-MGT 276, Business Communications-MGT 118
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The Illinois CPA Society put together some great information about the CPA exam. Visit

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November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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