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Organization About Membership Information Membership Fees
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

World’s largest member association representing the CPA profession; it develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and offers specialized credentials.

The AICPA provides information on becoming a CPA and helpful resources for the CPA practice exam.

Students can join via as AICPA Student Affiliate members

Membership Benefits:

–Exclusive scholarship opportunities

–Member-only competitions

–Special discounts on conferences

–Access to industry news and publications

–Exclusive discounts and offers on products and services from partners

–Deals and access to the latest industry information at a fraction of regular prices

Free for students
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

IMA provides certification, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), for internal financial management responsibilities. Learn more about the certification process. An IMA membership is required to earn and maintain the CMA. 

Membership benefits:

–CMA Scholarship

–Member-only competitions

–Annual Student Leadership Conference

–Access to industry news and publications

–Reduced CMA certification entrance and exam fees ($810)

–Deals and access to the latest industry information at a fraction of regular prices

$39 annual fee for student membership
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Represents the 55 state boards of accountancy; also administers the CPA exam.

In the U.S., the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is granted at state level. NASBA acts primarily as a forum for the state boards themselves, as opposed to AICPA which represents CPAs as individuals.

No student memberships, but the NASBA website has information on state Boards of Accountancy at

Students can check the CPA exam eligibility information for the state they live in. For example, MN’s board link is


Accounting Bachelor Completer Internship (Track 1)

The School of Business offers students the option to choose between Track I (Internship) or Track II (Capstone course) for Accounting Bachelor Completer students who live in: Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Internships are offered once a year, during the fall quarter.

Students who are interested in pursuing Track I (Internship) should:

1) Connect with their Advisor or Accounting Department Chair, Keitaro Matsuoka, approximately two quarters prior to being scheduled to take the Capstone course to express interest in pursuing an Internship rather than the Capstone course

2) Discuss Internship option with Department Chair, Keitaro Matsuoka

3) Locate and secure their internship site

4) Reach out to the Department Chair, Keitaro Matsuoka, with information about the internship site so that the Department Chair can generate a contract for the internship site to sign. Getting an early start is important, as the contracting process may require weeks to complete.

Securing an Internship

Make sure your resume is up to date and ready to go. Treat an internship as an extended working interview. There is no guarantee that your internship will lead to an offer for a permanent role, but employers sometimes hire interns. You are welcome to submit your resume for review through Optimal Resume’s Review Center at any time

Search high and low. Internships are sometimes posted on websites such as Indeed and Rasmussen’s employment portal, Job Connect. Details about Job Connect are provided below. Not all internship opportunities are posted online. Research employer websites and call directly even if you don’t see anything posted. When you reach out, introduce yourself as a Rasmussen University student (provide anticipated graduation date) and let him/her know what you are requesting. 

Job Connect

Job Connect is Rasmussen University’s job board where the employers we connect with on a day to day basis in Career Services post internships and job openings specifically for Rasmussen Students and Alumni. You can access Job Connect at and download the “Simplicity Jobs and Careers” app on your phone or tablet.

Certification/License Description Exam Eligibility Exam Checklist
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy to practice public accounting. To obtain a CPA license, most states require the following:

–a bachelor’s degree

–at least 225 quarter credits (150 semester credits) of college coursework;

–other non-academic requirements, such as specific in-field work experience, and

–passage of the CPA licensing exam. The CPA Exam is administered by each state’s Board of Accountancy.

Rasmussen University’s Accounting Bachelor Completer program consists of 180 quarter credits.

Our Accounting programs are not approved by any state board of accountancy or any other state professional licensing agencies.

States can change their own CPA licensure requirements at any time.

Some states allow individuals to sit for the CPA licensing exam before obtaining all required 225 quarter credits.

–Rasmussen University’s Accounting Bachelor’s Degree meets the educational requirements to sit for the CPA licensing exam in some states. For the latest information refer to the current Course Catalog.

Passing of the CPA exam is only one of the requirements to become licensed as a CPA. Other requirements include obtaining at least 225 quarter credits of college education.

If you are planning to sit for the CPA Exam:

1) Check the Careers Disclosure under the Career Opportunities section of the Accounting Bachelor’s Degree catalog page.

2) Check the CPA exam eligibility information for the state in which you would like to become licensed.

The NASBA website has information and links to the state boards: Boards of Accountancy.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

A CMA is a certified management accountant with expertise in financial accounting and management. The Certified Management Accountant certification requires a college degree, and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) issues the CMA certification.

To be eligible for CMA certification, students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

1) Active membership in the Institute of Management Accountants ($39 for students)

2) Pay the CMA Entrance Fee

3) Satisfy the Education Qualification - Rasmussen University’s Accounting Bachelor’s program meets the education requirements of the CMA certification, which is a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

4) Satisfy the Experience Qualification

5) Complete all required examination parts

6) Comply with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Statement of Ethical Professional Practice

If you are planning to sit for the CMA Exam:

1) Become an IMA member.

2) Register for the exam through

3) Be sure to review all requirements to becoming certified.

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