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Public Accounting Licensure and Certification

State authorization refers to federal, state and professional licensing board regulations that impact educational activities offered across state lines and programs that lead to professional licensure or certification. Compliance with these regulations ensures that a WSC degree will be recognized, WSC students will be eligible to sit for licensure in states other than Nebraska, and WSC students have access to state licensure information. Authorization requirements vary by state and program and may impact college operations.

The Nebraska accountancy law requires a candidate for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to pass the CPA Exam, which can be taken near completion of a college degree with a minimum of 150 semester hours.  For Nebraska, these 150 hours must include 30 semester hours in accounting beyond principles, 30 semester hours in general business and 90 semester hours of additional courses.

Completion of Wayne State's public accounting concentration, when taken as a part of the business administration degree and with proper advisement, will allow the student to meet the statutory requirements of the Nebraska accountancy law.  Alternatively, completion of WSC's accounting concentration, when taken as part of the business administration degree, and coupled with our public accounting graduate program (MBA), and proper advisement, will allow the student to meet the statutory requirements of the Nebraska accountancy law.  

Wayne State College academic programs are designed to prepare students for eligibility to take the CPA Exam for later licensure in Nebraska. At this time, Wayne State has not determined whether or not the public accounting program meets licensure requirements in other states. If you plan to pursue licensure in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state’s licensing board to determine their licensing requirements with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).