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Post-Baccalaureate Certificates Leading to Gainful Employment

Final regulations published in October 2010 require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Bellarmine University has a one gainful employment program, Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate - CPA Track.

This program is intended for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than accounting and wish to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. A student who completes the program will be qualified to sit for the CPA examination under current Kentucky law. Kentucky law stipulates that total accounting credit hours must be greater than or equal to 27, business-related credit hours (including accounting) must be greater than or equal to 39, and total university credit hours must be greater than or equal to 150. Bellarmine’s accounting certificate program qualifies students for accounting careers in public accounting (CPA firms), corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies (Classification of Instructional Programs CIP 52.0301, Accounting, Standard Occupational Classification SOC 13.2011 Accountants and Auditors).

Students in the accounting certificate program at Bellarmine University are required to complete, at minimum, 39 credit hours, 27 of which must be in accounting. The program is designed as a part-time program; students should be able to complete the program within 24 months. All accounting courses are offered on both day and night schedules. The total cost of tuition and fees for the program, based on 39 credit hours, is $24,960. This cost is calculated based upon the tuition and fees rate beginning with the summer 2018 semester. Tuition is adjusted annually and published on the website of the Bellarmine University Office of Financial Aid. The estimated total cost of books and supplies for the entire program is $1,152. This figure is based upon a study conducted in the spring 2017 semester by the Office of Financial Aid to determine the average total cost of books for the program.

Entering students may be eligible to receive credit for up to 18 credit hours based upon their undergraduate coursework in business and accounting. A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree in business will typically be able to transfer 15 credit hours of accounting and business coursework, depending upon his or her institution and specific major. If transfer credits are accepted towards Bellarmine’s certificate program, the cost of length and program are decreased. For questions or clarification regarding the certificate program, please contact Alisha Harper J.D., LL.M., at 502.272.8471 or

2018 Gainful Employment Disclosure

Because this certificate program serves fewer than ten students yearly, Bellarmine University cannot disclose median debt amounts and on-time completion rates for privacy reasons. Regarding job placement rates, neither the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (KY CPE) nor the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires this calculation. We are happy to discuss this information with prospective students, however, to assist in the decision-making process. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness for additional information:

Phone: (502) 272-8407 or (502) 272-7410

Program Director
Alisha Harper J.D., LL.M.