Set yourself apart and advance your career with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bushnell University. Extensive coursework will prepare you to meet the needs of today’s global economy. This online program integrates finance, economics, law, ethics, business management, and marketing to produce well-rounded graduates and further your career. We prepare you to successfully take and pass the certified public accountant examination in Oregon, delivering you the tools to be proficient in your career.

Credits *36 | Cost/Credit $495 | Completion 12-18 Months | Format Online| Starts Per Year Six 

*Additional credits may be needed to meet general education and/or prerequisite requirements

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JaiLeigh Wiren
Senior Admission Counselor


Shelly Hartzell, M.S.M., CPA, CMA
Program Director


Why Choose Bushnell?

The Accounting major will equip students for various careers in both the private and public sectors. The program focuses on financial and operational objectives for non-profit, business, government, and for-profit organizations. 

Program Overview

The accounting major prepares students to become effective and ethically responsible managers and leaders in the business world and public service sectors. It focuses on financial and operational objectives for business, government, and not-for-profit organizations, while also incorporating a strong liberal arts component.

Program Faculty: Dr. Latrissa Neiworth & Ms. Shelly Hartzell

Prerequisites for the Major:

  • Principles of Accounting 1
  • Principles of Accounting 2
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics

Requirements of the Major:

  • Intermediate Accounting 1 & 2
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Income Tax – Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, & Trusts
  • Auditing 1
  • Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Internship
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Applied Statistics
  • Writing for the Workplace

Additional Requirement: All Accounting majors must complete a minor in Business Administration.

Upon completion of the accounting major, students will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in accounting and finance roles across various sectors. They will be equipped to handle financial and operational objectives while maintaining ethical responsibility.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and principles of accounting
  • Verify, organize, analyze, and apply data and use quantitative decision-support tools to provide effective solutions to accounting problems
  • Identify ethical issues and apply ethical principles and Christian values for organizational decision-making
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication skills


Intermediate Accounting I

This course provides an in-depth look at financial statements and the information found on them. Various accounting issues are examined with emphasis on assets, liabilities, and problem-solving techniques.

Intermediate Accounting II

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Accounting I with an emphasis on equities, problem-solving techniques, and ethical issues in accounting.

Cost Accounting

This course provides a study of the basic cost-accounting concepts and procedures, with emphasis on the development, interpretation, and application of managerial accounting information for planning, control, and decision-making. Prerequisite: ACTG 212.

Accounting Information Systems

This course provides an introduction to the field of accounting information management. Students will examine key accounting processes and how information systems support the execution of and management of these processes. Students will learn how to structure and analyze data that may be found in an information system by using the spreadsheet software Microsoft Excel and the database management system Microsoft Access.

430 Federal Income Tax

This course examines the basic federal income tax laws as they relate primarily to individuals.

Federal Income Tax – Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, & Trusts

An introduction to federal income taxation of business corporations. The course reviews the tax considerations relevant to the various life cycles of a corporation, from incorporation through liquidation. The course also introduces tax laws pertaining to flow-through entities such as S-corporations and partnerships and a review of tax laws as they apply to estates and trusts.

Auditing I

In this course students are exposed to the philosophy and environment of the profession, with special attention focused on the nature and economic purpose of auditing and assurance services, professional standards, professional ethics and conduct, audit planning, internal control, and audit sampling and documentation.

Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations

This course will focus on the external financial statements for government and other non-profit organizations and will include a discussion of fund accounting and non-profit reporting requirements.

Advanced Accounting Capstone

This capstone course is a study of consolidation accounting, foreign transactions issues, the SEC, and other special topics, including a capstone project.

Managerial Finance

This course surveys the financial problems associated with the life cycle of a business and with personal finance needs. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, capital budgeting, cost of capital, the sources and uses of business funds, and the instruments utilized in raising funds.

Statistical  Applications

This course presents an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data as it relates to business or health care applications.

Writing for the Workplace

This course focuses on developing research and writing skills required for most professionals.  Assignments include emails, memos, reports, proposals, descriptions, web writing, resumes, and cover letters.

Transferring Credits

Already have credits? Click here for information on transferring credits. 


JaiLeigh Wiren
Senior Admission Counselor


Shelly Hartzell, M.S.M., CPA, CMA
Program Director


Accelerated Dual Pathway (4+1)

The Accelerated Dual Pathway at Bushnell University enables students to achieve a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within a span of five years. This program offers Bushnell students an accelerated application procedure, a smooth transition, and significant time efficiency.


Admissions Requirements

Take these simple steps to begin the application process:

    1. Submit a free application
    2. Send us your official transcript(s)
    3. Apply for financial aid

Cost of Attendance

Per Semester:

Housing & Food: $5,650
Books & Supplies: $35 per credit
Personal: $700
Transportation: $700
Tech Fee: $150

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, a variety of careers are available in both the private and public sectors. Listed below are just some examples of career paths open to students with accounting proficiency.

Professional CPA Firms (Auditing and/or Tax Services)

  • Staff Accountant
  • Manager
  • Partner


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Treasury Department (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Secret Service
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • S. Postal Service
  • Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense

Corporate and Small Business

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Tax Director
  • Internal Auditor
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer


  • Controller
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Budget Director

Life After Graduation

Our graduates have a 95% placement rate for landing a job in accounting. Here is a sampling of organizations our graduates have been hired by:

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn your degree faster with the help of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. Click here for more information. 


Business Partners

  • Moss Adams
  • Buchholz & Garber
  • Al Houck
  • Isler Northwest LLC
  • Cushman CPA
  • Zirkle, Long & Associates
  • Jones & Roth
  • Northwest Community Credit Union
  • Edward Jones


Bushnell University has received specialized accreditation for its business program through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. For a list of accredited programs, refer to our IACBE member status page.


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Hear From Our Students

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"I decided to attend Bushnell for a few key reasons. First, I wanted to enjoy learning and studying for my career path while honoring my faith. Secondly, I wanted to attend because I know Bushnell has an outstanding accounting program which I am interested in to further my career.
I have enjoyed the business department's involvement in helping me further develop myself for my career. Bushnell provides me with an individualized experience that I wouldn’t have at other, larger universities."
-Alex Petshow '24
Chad Acord
"The accounting program at Bushnell had a large impact on me as I continue to further my knowledge in the accounting field. I chose Bushnell because of their Adult Degree Program. The way it was structured so I could complete everything online was the main selling point. The way the terms were set up and the flexibility, compassion, and genuine care that all my professors showed made my time at Bushnell better than I could have imagined. Without the opportunity that Bushnell provided I would not be in the position or have knowledge and skills needed to become a CPA.” 
-Chad Accord '22

Meet the Faculty

Shelly Hartzell, M.S.M., CPA, CMA  Program Director

“Accounting makes a difference.  Accountants are called “Gatekeepers”, as they protect the resources of the company, as well as protect investors and employees who believe in the worth of the company, with their knowledge and their integrity to do things right.

A degree in accounting opens so many career paths; public accounting where you work with clients, private accounting where you work in business and industry, non-profits, government, education, or self-employed.”