Programs & Degrees

Public Safety

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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Public Safety — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
Fire Services — Certificate (16 credits)
Public Safety Leadership — Certificate (16 credits)

About the Program


This program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach for individuals already working in the field and those interested in pursuing career opportunities in public safety, which includes emergency medical services (EMS), firefighting, emergency management, dispatching/communications, leadership/management, and public safety education. The student will interact with others in the Public Safety discipline as well as those with similar missions to understand how these components function as a whole in an “all-hazards” approach to public safety. Prospective students should be aware that a MN Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required for employment.

In order for you to be enrolled in the fire fighting courses, you must be affiliated with fire services that are able to procure fire gear to use in training. This includes complete turnout gear, helmet, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with a mask.

Potential Job Titles


911 Dispatchers
Firefighters
Emergency Management Specialists

Salary Data


  • 911 Dispatchers
    Average Wage: $22.22/hour
    Top Earners: $29.56/hour
  • Firefighters
    Average Wage: $16.78/hour
    Top Earners: $39.72/hour
  • Emergency Management Specialists
    Average Wage: $36.59/hour
    Top Earners: $56.26/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Public Safety - AAS 60 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of public safety personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions between public safety agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of public safety agencies.

Public Safety Leadership - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of public safety personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions between public safety agencies.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of public safety agencies.

Fire Services - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Analyze lifelong ethical and professional responsibilities of fire service personnel.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Examine the interactions between public safety agencies and fire service personnel.
  • Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of fire service personnel.

Program Prerequisites


Assessment score placement in RDNG 0090 or above, or completion of RDNG 0080 with a grade of C or higher.

Gainful Employment Program Information


Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Neil Bauer 651.779.3494 neil.bauer@century.edu Room 3563 East
Mary Vukelich 651.779.3981 mary.vukelich@century.edu Room 1229 East