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Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and FESHE institution. The bachelor’s degree in fire science and emergency management closely follows the FESHE national curriculum model.
You could earn credits for your fire service-related
certifications you may have already earned.
The general public and government appointees are demanding higher levels of training and education for those who lead our nation's first response teams to catastrophic disasters, terrorist incidents, and typical emergencies. This degree program is designed for emergency services personnel who want to increase their administrative and management knowledge as well as occupational and life safety awareness. It also prepares students to face new challenges in technology, human resource management, and fiscal responsibility.
The degree serves professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science and emergency management. Each term students are assessed on their mastery of the course outcomes which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors employers expect. A summary of these assessments can be found here.
Official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Institution
Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The fire and emergency management program closely follows the FESHE model.
Since 1999, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) leaders labored to produce a standardized undergraduate curriculum that is national in scope, content, and outcome. Fire-related and emergency management courses were developed for colleges and universities to use as a model when developing curriculum. All the courses share common titles, catalog descriptions, outlines, and content, which provide a national core of knowledge and competencies as suggested by FESHE. This degree program closely follows the FESHE model and is designed to:
At Kaplan University, we value your experience. We work
closely with fire academies and fire service associations to set up
articulation agreements to help you receive credit for previously completed
courses, professional learning, and certifications, allowing you to earn your
degree faster and save on tuition.†
Articulation agreements help streamline the process for
awarding credit for fire service–related certifications you may have already
earned to be considered fit for duty. If you earned your certifications though
an organization that is accredited by the International Fire Service
Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board, including the U.S. Department
of Defense Firefighter Certification System, you may be eligible to receive
credit toward a Kaplan University degree program.
Eligible certifications include:
Kaplan University also awards credit for professional
coursework that has been reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE).
Organizations that offer ACE-evaluated training include:
Select International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
training programs and certifications offered through California State Fire
Marshal (CSFM) and California Fire Fighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC)
are also eligible for credit. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for details.
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Those who complete the program and earn their Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management can look to pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in fire and emergency services organizations and emergency preparedness agencies.* Career opportunities may include emergency planners, and emergency program managers or directors.
Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online and Campus Start Date
Mar 22, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Jun 07, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Aug 23, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course introduces students to careers in fire and emergency services and the Kaplan University fire and emergency management programs. The field of study, skill sets, and professionalism will be discussed. Students will learn about the historical background of the modern fire service while learning research skills for the future. This course is designed to acclimate the fire science and emergency management student to Kaplan University while providing a solid foundation for success in the fire and emergency services profession.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course examines fire avoidance measures,
including fire prevention education, fire safety inspection, fire
code enforcement, and fire investigation. Students will gain an
overview of the procedures and principles of inspections commonly
conducted for control of structures, occupancy, or combined
FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
This course covers the five mission areas of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, communications, response, and recovery. Topics include organizing for emergency management, coordinating for community resources, and the roles of government agencies at all levels. Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of comprehensive and all-hazards emergency management.
This course provides an overview of fire protection as well as the philosophy and history of fire protection. You will gain an understanding of career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, fire loss analysis, and the organization and function of public and private fire protection services. This course discusses the role of fire departments as part of local governments, as well as fire service laws, regulations, and terminology. There is also an introduction to multiagency planning and operations as related to multialarm incidents, target hazards, and major disasters.
This course provides an understanding of the types of ethical issues that can arise in the fire and emergency services. Students will examine philosophical concepts as they relate to modern ethics. The course will also provide an overview of various approaches to the ethical situations faced by fire and emergency service organizations.
This course explores the legal issues that
relate to emergency services, such as arson law and legal
responsibilities of emergency services officers, as well as
criminal and civil law. Students will gain an understanding of
laws that impact emergency services management at both the state
and local levels. The course also examines recent case law and
legal decisions that impact emergency services
This course analyzes the rationale for and methods related to all-hazards emergency preparedness and planning. Topics include preparedness strategies, planning concepts and processes, public awareness programs, and training and exercise programs.
course provides an overview of the response phase of emergency management
including government policies related to disaster response. The content will
include the purpose of the National Response Plan.
This course will cover the methodology and rationale behind the unified response to a terrorist, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), or disaster incident within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) systems. You will explore the management and incident command response to terrorist, WMD, or disaster events including elements of logistics, budgeting, prioritization, staffing, and support. In addition you will examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis management and consequence management.
This course analyzes theories for understanding ethical, social, organizational, political, and legal aspects of community risk reduction for fire and EMS agencies. You will learn to utilize common methods for developing effective and comprehensive community risk-reduction plans.
course describes how people, groups, organizations, communities, and
governments manage disasters in the immediate aftermath and recover from their
effects, including social, physical, business, and infrastructure problems as well
as intra- and interorganizational planning.
This course explores the modern management and
planning techniques that are utilized to organize a fire
department. Students will examine fire department organization
and management through community risk reduction, codes and
standards, inspections, plan review, incident investigation, fire
prevention research, and the relationship of master planning to
This course explains various aspects of the government’s role in public safety as well as the American legal system, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) operations, employment and personnel issues, and emergency officials’ roles. The course also discusses legislative and political influence in fire and EMS.
FS 100 or FS 120 for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
This course examines fundamental issues in
personnel administration and human resource development in fire
and EMS agencies. Students will explore concepts and
responsibilities such as management, organizational development
and training, employee recruitment, selection, and productivity,
as well as performance management and labor
course describes the methods and techniques used to lessen the potential impact
of disasters and improve readiness to respond. Included are the principles
related to mitigation as they pertain to sustainability and building resilient
communities. Students will design a risk assessment plan.
This course focuses on the administrative roles of local, state, and federal governments in times of disaster and the importance of intergovernmental relations. The policymaking process and the historical evolution of disaster policy are reviewed.
This course is designed as the culminating experience of the bachelor’s degree programs in fire science. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the fire science curricula. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.
Last term or permission from the
Total Program Credits: 180
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† Kaplan University does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Testing option may not apply to all courses.
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