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Accounting Schools in Nebraska

From community colleges to four-year public universities, individuals have a breadth of options when it comes to pursuing accounting degrees in Nebraska. Programs at the certificate, diploma, associate, bachelor's and graduate level are all available, and some accounting schools in Nebraska may even offer some or all of their programs online. Common course topics include financial accounting and reporting, tax accounting, cost accounting, accounting information systems, accounting ethics, federal taxation and business law.

Nebraska accounting programs may help students acquire the theoretical, analytical and practical skills they need to pursue traditional accounting careers, such as a bookkeeper or accountant, as well related finance professions, such as personal financial advisor. Accounting professionals can often specialize their career in taxation, auditing, public accounting, government accounting, or another aspect of the discipline.

Nebraska Schools: Accounting Programs

As reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, the following postsecondary institutions offer diploma, certificate and/or degree program(s) in one of the following areas: accounting, auditing, accounting and business/management, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and finance, and accounting and other related services.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price (2011-2012)

Bellevue University

Bellevue

bellevue.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$14,590

Concordia University-Seward

Seward

www.cune.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,246

Creighton University

Omaha

www.creighton.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$26,539

Doane College-Crete

Crete

www.doane.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,879

Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master

Lincoln

www.doane.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

NA

Hastings College

Hastings

www.hastings.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,091

Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus

Lincoln

lincoln.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$18,531

Kaplan University-Omaha Campus

Omaha

omaha.kaplanuniversity.edu/Pages/Homepage.aspx

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$18,072

Metropolitan Community College Area

Omaha

www.mccneb.edu

2-year, Public

$7,400

Midland University

Fremont

www.midlandu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,833

National American University-Bellevue

Bellevue

www.national.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

NA

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln

www.nebrwesleyan.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$23,155

Northeast Community College

Norfolk

www.northeast.edu

2-year, Public

$7,126

Union College

Lincoln

www.ucollege.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,646

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha

www.unomaha.edu

4-year, Public

$10,755

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln

www.unl.edu/

4-year, Public

$13,890

Western Nebraska Community College

Scottsbluff

www.wncc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,216

York College

York

www.york.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,134

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Nebraska Accountants

The Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy details the education requirements for earning a CPA license. The first step toward earning the license is earning a bachelor's degree or higher. Applicants must also complete 150 semester hours of postsecondary education, including 35 hours in accounting beyond the basic principles of the discipline and 36 hours in general business courses, such as business ethics and macroeconomics.

In addition to fulfilling the education requirements, applicants must have at least two years of supervised work experience and pass the Uniform CPA examination in order to earn their license, according to the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy. Those who earn their license must renew it every year in order to keep it current. The state of Nebraska requires 80 hours of continuing education, including four hours of ethics, every year in order to keep the license.

For more details and the most up-to-date licensing information, contact the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Nebraska

Graduates of accounting schools in Nebraska might find work with a wide variety of firms. Three of the "Big Four" companies -- Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young -- have offices in the state. In addition to work in public or private accounting firms, graduates may also find jobs in management firms, insurance companies, real estate companies, tax preparation offices and government firms. Several accounting companies at which graduates may pursue work are listed below:

Accounting Firms in Nebraska

City

Website

Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth

Grand Island

www.gicpas.com

Baas & Associates

Omaha, Elkhorn

www.baascpas.com

BKD

Lincoln, Omaha

www.bkd.com

Bland & Associates

Omaha

www.blandcpa.com

Boyle, Hess & Elliott

Omaha

www.bhecpa.com

Buckley & Sitzman

Lincoln

www.buckleysitzman.com

Erickson & Brooks

Fremont

www.eb-cpa.com

Hancock & Dana

Omaha

www.hancockdana.com

Lanphier, Kolasinski & Sagar

Omaha

www.lkscpa.com

Labenz & Associates

Lincoln

www.labenz.com

McDermott & Miller

Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Omaha

www.mmcpas.com

McGladrey

Omaha, Lincoln

mcgladrey.com

McPherron, Skiles & Loop

North Platte, McCook, Imperial, Grant

www.msl-cpa.com

Patry, Fisher & Dudley

Omaha

www.patrycpa.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Nebraska

Accountants and auditors comprised almost 19 percent of Nebraska's business and financial employees in May 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Students working towards accounting degrees in Nebraska may be able to take advantage of predicted growth for a number of financial occupations. The following chart reports projected growth for some of these careers and also shows how finance-related incomes in Nebraska compare to the national mean wage:

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Nebraska (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$65,270

$71,040

11%

16%

Budget Analysts

$62,250

$72,100

13%

10%

Credit Analysts

$64,170

$69,500

20%

23%

Financial Analysts

$71,750

$89,410

21%

23%

Financial Examiners

$70,200

$84,220

28%

27%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$55,040

$56,050

13%

7%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Nebraska Department of Labor, 2012

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Frequently Asked Questions, Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, Official Nebraska Government Website

http://www.nbpa.ne.gov/faq.html

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

Nebraska, Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination, CPA Exam, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

http://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/nebraska/

Nebraska, May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ne.htm

Occupational Employment Projections Download Center, Nebraska Department of Labor

https://neworks.nebraska.gov/gsipub/index.asp?docid=440

Steps to Becoming a Certified Public Accountant in Nebraska, Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, Official Nebraska Government Website

http://www.nbpa.ne.gov/step_2_cpa.html

United States, May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm