FAQs

What accounting degrees or certificates can I earn at CPCC?

CPCC offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting (A25100) and Certificates in Accounting (C25100-C1) and Tax (C25100-C2).

Who teaches the courses?

There are two full-time faculty members. The program also employs experienced accountants to teach on a part-time basis.

How long will it take me to complete the program if I attend school full-time?

The A.A.S. degree in accounting consists of a minimum of 68 semester hours of courses. A student who attends full-time and takes 14 - 16 hours per semester should be able to complete the program in two years, including one or two summer terms.

May I complete the program by attending school part-time?

Yes, but it will take longer to earn your degree or certificate.

How long will it take me to complete the program if I attend school part-time?

The time that it takes to complete the program depends entirely on the number of semester hours you complete every semester, which can vary for every individual.  For example, if you complete 9 - 10 semester hours per semester, you will complete the required hours in eight semesters (or about 2 ½ years).  If you complete four semester hours per semester, you will complete the required hours in 18 semesters (or about 6 years).  If you do not take classes every semester the time needed to complete the required hours will be extended.

Is it possible to complete the program by attending only evening courses?

While most courses that are required for completion of the degree are offered in the evenings, it may be necessary to take a few classes on weekends. Yes, all the courses required for the completion of the degree are offered in the evenings. Each program follows a master schedule that indicates when each course is offered. Check the Course Schedule each semester for course locations and times.

Is it possible to complete the program by attending only weekend classes?

No, although some of the required classes are offered on the weekends, it is not currently possible to complete the program by attending only weekend classes. Check the Course Schedule each semester for course locations and times.

Is it possible to complete the program at one of CPCC’s satellite campuses?

No, although some of the required classes are offered at locations other than the Central Campus, it is not currently possible to complete the program at these locations. Check the Course Schedule each semester for course locations and times.

Are entrance and/or placement exams required?

Entrance exams are not required to attend CPCC. However, minimum scores on placement exams are prerequisites to certain curriculum courses.

  • A minimum score on the mathematics placement exam is a prerequisite for the MAT (mathematics) course required in the A.A.S. degree programs.
  • A minimum score on the English placement exam is a prerequisite for all of the ENG (English) courses required in the A.A.S. degree programs.
  • A minimum score on the algebra placement test and the reading comprehension test are required for ACC 120.
  • If the student does not achieve the minimum scores, the student will be required to complete certain developmental courses before being allowed to register for the curriculum courses in the area of study for which they did not score high enough.


You should make an appointment to take these placement exams as soon as possible after submitting your application.  Contact the Admissions Center at any of the campuses or area centers, or by calling 704.330.CPCC (2722) to arrange an appointment. You will not be permitted to register for the required MAT, ENG, or ACC curriculum courses unless you have achieved the minimum score on the appropriate placement exam or have successfully completed the appropriate advancement studies course(s).

I completed some courses at another college. Will CPCC give me credit for these toward my degree?

In general, CPCC will give you credit for courses taken at other accredited institutions. This is done on a case by case basis. To determine if you can get credit for courses taken at another institution, contact the Program Counselor for your program. The Counseling Office phone number is 704.330.6433.

In general, CPCC will give you credit for courses taken at other accredited institutions. To have previous college credits reviewed for transfer, complete a transcript evaluation request form (available from Student Records at any CPCC campus).

Will earning the Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting qualify me to sit for the CPA exam?

No, in general, the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam as a North Carolina candidate is a bachelor’s degree (with at least 120 hours) including (or supplemented by) at least 30 semester hours in accounting. Please contact the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners for information about the requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam as a North Carolina candidate and to be licensed as a North Carolina CPA.

North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
P.O. Box 12827
Raleigh, NC  27605-2827
Phone: 919-733-4222
Fax: 919-733-4209
Website: www.nccpaboard.gov/applicants

I have earned a bachelor’s degree from another institution. Do the accounting courses offered at CPCC count towards meeting the requirement that I have a minimum of 30 semester hours in accounting?

Yes, CPCC is an accredited institution and the hours earned will assist you in meeting the 30-hour requirement. The accounting courses listed in the Accounting Degree Plan - A25100 (Revised 11/2013) do meet the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners.  However, no more than six semester hours of accounting principles and no more than three semester hours of business law will be counted toward the 30-hour requirement.  It is your responsibility to verify with the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners the courses you are planning on taking meet its requirements.

How can I view the CPCC college catalogue?

The CPCC College Catalog is available online.  Click here to view.

How much does it cost to attend CPCC?

View current tuition information.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. 
For the most current information, check the Course Schedule or call the Welcome Center (704.330.2722).

Textbooks and supplies are an additional cost which varies depending on the course.

When can I start the program?

You may start the program at any time, although the Master Schedule is set up based on students beginning the program in Fall Semester.  You may use the Master Schedule to help plan your course schedule.

Does CPCC offer any financial aid?

Yes, CPCC offers a variety of financial aid. For additional information on the types of financial aid available and the qualifications to receive financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 704.330.6942.

How do I enroll in the program?

If you are currently attending CPCC you should contact your faculty advisor for the program that you wish to enter. The faculty advisor will make the necessary changes to your student records.

If you are a new student visit the Steps to Enroll to begin.