The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Public Safety program includes the necessary general education and specialized law enforcement, fire science and emergency medical technology coursework to prepare students for a career in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical care, or security services. Students will learn fundamental skills in all areas of public safety. In the law enforcement area students will develop an understanding of Constitutional law, Oregon state laws and the basics of policing. The student will learn basic emergency medical skills necessary to provide emergency medical aid to those sick or injured. In the fire science area, students will study topics such as fire service culture, professional standards, tools and equipment, fire apparatus, and fire prevention. Using specific electives, students can choose to focus their studies in one particular area, or study a variety of topics in criminal justice, emergency medical services, and fire science.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.
Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
|WR121||English Composition (or higher)||3|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations||3|
|CJ100||Intro to Criminal Justice||4|
|FS105||Firefighter Fundamentals I||2|
|EMT175||Intro Emergency Medical Services||3|
||Fundamentals of Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
or Small Group Discussion
|MTH65||Algebra II (or higher)||4|
|CJ110||Intro to Policing||4|
|FS110||Firefighter Fundamentals II||2|
|Specific Elective 1||2|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|FS115||Firefighter Fundamentals III||2|
|Specific Elective 1||6|
|Personal Health (or three PE185 courses)
or Wellness for Life
|EMT260||Emergency Medical Responder||3|
|FS100||Principles of Emergency Services||3|
|EM101||Incident Command & Emergency Mngmt||4|
|EMT170||Emergency Response & Communication Documentation||2|
|EMT171||Emergency Response Transport||2|
|FS280||CWE: Fire Science||1|
|CJ220||Introduction to Substantive Law||4|
|EMT169||Emergency Medical Technology Rescue||3|
|FS232||Occupational Safety and Health ES||3|
Specific electives:Student may take any CJ, EM, EMT, or FS course to fulfill this requirement. The courses selected to fulfill the elective requirement must not be a specified requirement of this degree program.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify the characteristics of professional integrity and ethical standards for Oregon Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical, and Fire Science professional
- Describe and relate the Constitutional rights and responsibilities of citizens, offenders, and victims as they apply to state, federal, and procedural laws.
- Demonstrate personal behaviors and technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level emergency medical first responder.
- Apply critical-thinking and decision-making skills relevant to public safety scenarios.