Do I need previous coursework or experience for this degree?
Yes, a working knowledge of fire and emergency services provides an important base for understanding terminology and concepts utilized in course content. Most students in this program have an EMT certificate and/or have completed fire academy. A fair amount have been a first responder for many years before coming to our program and continue in their jobs while working on their FESA degree.
How much time will I need to dedicate weekly to my studies?
The amount of time you will spend weekly depends on the amount of coursework you commit to each semester as well as your learning and studying style. Although this degree offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course.
How many credits can I transfer?
You can transfer a maximum of 64 credits from accredited community colleges or similar two-year institutions. Additional upper-division credits are also eligible for transfer consideration if they are from accredited four-year institutions. In some cases, credit from military, fire, and emergency service training may be transferred if that training carries a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE).
How long will it take me to finish the degree?
The length to graduation depends on how many transfer credits are brought in by a student and how many classes a student wants to take each semester. Since most of our students are working professionals, they generally take only one to two courses a semester. With the addition of transfer credits, most students can graduate in three to four years.
Will I receive an actual CSU diploma?
Yes, you will earn the same CSU diploma that an on-campus student earns. It will not say that the degree was online or distance.
Will there be interaction with other students and faculty?
Your interactions with the faculty depend on the specific course, but online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact information as well as discussion board postings. You also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.