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Protecting others is more than a career; it’s a calling that comes naturally for our servicemembers and veterans. To help CBRN specialists prepare for or advance their civilian or military career in fire science or emergency management, Kaplan University offers a range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs, plus customized support for military students.*
We have evaluated select military occupations to help reduce
the number of credits required to earn a degree. Occupational awards for our
fire science and emergency management programs are listed below. Please note that you may still be eligible for additional credit above and beyond what is
Whether you aspire to join the fire service field or advance to a higher position in the profession, an associate's degree in fire science could help you reach your goals. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a postsecondary firefighter education, in addition to high test scores and paramedic training, are expected to have the best prospects.†
Option to Advance to a Bachelor's Degree Program
Upon completion of the associate's degree, you may be eligible to apply credit toward a Kaplan University bachelor's degree in fire science or emergency management.
Earning your bachelor's degree in fire science offers you in-depth instruction on subjects such as inter-agency coordination, fire-incident command, arson investigation, and life-safety education. Expertise in these areas could help you pursue higher-level positions in the fire department and private industry. In fact, departments may require candidates for positions higher than battalion chief to hold a bachelor's degree in fire science or a related field in order to be considered for promotion.
Kaplan University's bachelor's degree program closely follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model.
The bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency management also closely follows the FESHE curriculum model and is designed to provide first
responders with a broad range of administrative and managerial knowledge, while
preparing them for new challenges in the areas of human resources, technology,
and fiscal responsibility.
Prepare to pursue leadership roles that include managing all aspects of modern
fire, EMS, and emergency preparedness agencies. Military experience within this
field may also be a key advantage for many positions.
Possible Career Opportunities and Day-to-Day Activities:
Kaplan University will accept up to 75% of undergraduate program
credits from any combination of prior coursework, credit by examination, such
as DANTES or CLEP exams, or credit for military training.‡ We will conduct an audit of your military transcripts
and attempt to apply the maximum amount of credit consistent with insuring the
learning incomes within our academic programs are fulfilled.
Courses awarded and courses remaining reflect an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer: please contact military transcript office if your military transcript is not complete.
Kaplan University wants you to make an educated decision about your
education. As a new student, you can experience real classes before deciding if
you will stay and pursue your studies. If you withdraw during the introductory
period, you will have no financial obligation.§
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit their website at hlcommission.org.
Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementCurriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the industry. You will explore how societal institutions, government agencies, lawmakers, businesses, and other organizations find sustainable security and emergency management solutions on a local, regional, national, and global level. Master of Science in Public AdministrationThis program’s curriculum focuses on building management and decision-making skills designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators prepare for leadership roles in a wide variety of public service fields.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional
academy training and education may be required for law enforcement positions.
† Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Firefighters, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡ In the 2013–2014 academic year, Kaplan University accepted, on average, 34% of the credits graduating military-affiliated students need to earn a degree. (Source: The Year in Review: 2013–2014, Kaplan University Academic Report, winter 2014) Individual experiences will vary. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to see how many credits you may be eligible for.
§ Classes count toward a degree if satisfactorily completed. No credits are earned if the student withdraws during the introductory period (3 weeks for undergraduate students), which begins day one of the first term. Students who choose to continue their studies at the University will need to meet specific requirements. Graduate programs not included. Additional terms may apply to international and non-U.S. citizen students. For further information, see the University Catalog and the Kaplan Commitment Statement. Application fee waived for campus and learning center students through December 31, 2016.
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