LAS VEGAS – The College of Southern Nevada is pleased to announce a new bachelor’s degree for local first responders.
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved the program Friday. It will be the only four-year degree of its kind in Nevada, where fire and emergency professionals have had to look out of state for a bachelor’s degree in their field. The degree is necessary to help them advance in their careers.
“We are grateful for the Board of Regents’ support of this important program for our region’s firefighters and emergency personnel,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “This will help save many students, who would otherwise need to pay out-of-state tuition elsewhere, thousands of dollars.”
Fire officials with Clark County, the City of Henderson, City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, City of Mesquite and Pahrump Valley wrote letters of support for the program, which college officials hope to start this fall.
The Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration will be CSN’s fourth bachelor’s degree, including four-year programs in dental hygiene, medical laboratory science and cardiorespiratory sciences.
The four-year degree will enhance CSN’s cadre of nationally renowned fire training programs. CSN offers a regionally and nationally accredited Associate of Applied Science Degree in fire science and is the only college in the nation to house a municipal fire station on its campus in cooperation with the City of Las Vegas. In 2014, CSN opened the first Candidate Physical Ability Test Center in Southern Nevada, where hundreds of firefighter recruits are tested annually for consideration of employment.
Program objectives for the bachelor’s degree will include fire and emergency services administration, fire prevention organization and management, personnel management for the fire and emergency services, political and legal foundations of fire protection, public fire protection, fire dynamics, disaster planning and control, fire protection structures and systems, fire-related human behavior and managerial issues in hazardous materials. The coursework mirrors the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education model curriculum.
The program is located within the CSN School of Business, Hospitality and Public Services. For more information, interested students can go to www.csn.edu or https://www.csn.edu/business-hospitality-public-services.
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