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BS in Fire and Emergency Management

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program have the opportunity to prepare for employment within fire fighting and EMS agencies. Read more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management program is intended for individuals interested in pursuing a career in EMS, fire, and emergency preparedness agencies. Providing instruction in management and administrative methods as well as field skills, the program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions within these organizations. Students have the opportunity to study budgeting, human resource development, technology integration, and other aspects of emergency services operations. The curriculum also addresses key principles for fire prevention, hazardous waste management, fire fighter safety, and terrorism response. A capstone project offers students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the program.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/ Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • FS 100: Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 105: Fire Prevention Practices (5 credits)
  • FS 120: Introduction to Emergency Management (5 credits)
  • FS 202: Principles of Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 205: Ethics for the Fire and Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 208: Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (5 credits)
  • FS 220: Preparedness and Planning for Emergency Management (5 credits)
  • FS 225: Emergency Management Response (5 credits)
  • CJ 307: Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters (6 credits)
  • FS 304: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 320: Recovery Practices in Emergency Management (6 credits)
  • FS 401: Fire Prevention Organization and Management (6 credits)
  • FS 402: Political, Ethical, and Legal Foundations of EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 403: Leadership and Management (6 credits)
  • FS 414: Personnel Management for Fire and EMS (6 credits)
  • FS 420: Mitigation and Risk Assessment in Emergency Management (6 credits)
  • FS 425: Disaster Policy in Emergency Management (6 credits)
  • FS 498: Bachelor's Capstone in Fire Science (6 credits)

Core Requirements and Electives

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
  • Open Electives (47 credits)

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Career Paths

Graduates of Kaplan University's BS in Fire and Emergency Management program have the opportunity to study important field, administrative, and management skills for fire and EMS professions. The program is designed to provide students with instruction in best practices in all aspects of emergency and fire prevention operations.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Fire inspector
  • Emergency program manager
  • Emergency planner

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