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

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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. Students will:

  • Protect the public through enhanced fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, dispatch, and effective leadership and management
  • Manage all phases of fire suppression, prevention, inspection, and rescue
  • Operate a wide range of firefighting and life-saving equipment alongside professional firefighters and EMTs

As well as 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.

FRTA 1091 and FRTA 1092 require fire gear to use in training. If you are not affiliated with a fire department and need turnout gear, please contact Julie Swanson at least 30 days prior to the start of class for information about these courses and equipment requirements. For information about non-credit FIRE/Public Safety training through Continuing Education and Customized Training, contact Steve Shapira.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • 911 Dispatcher
  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Management Specialist

Salary Data

911 Dispatcher
Average Wage: $26.21/hour
Top Earners: $33.50/hour

Emergency Management Specialist
Average Wage: $36.59/hour
Top Earners: $56.26/hour

Average Wage: $17.48/hour
Top Earners: $29.07/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area -

Learning Outcomes

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