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  • Public Safety

    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.

FRTA 1091 and FRTA 1092 require fire gear to use in training. You must have full NFPA compliant turnout, NFPA compliant SCBA, SCBA Fit Test and current respirator medical evaluation. Local Fire Chiefs may have the authority to supplement compliant turnout. If you are not affiliated with a fire department and need turnout gear, please contact John Ehret for gear leasing options and information regarding cost.

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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

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

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

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

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.

Prerequisites

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