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    I am looking for a good school to get my online fire science degree. Is there anyone out there satisfied with there school? I am looking for a school that is regionally and nationally accredited.

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    if you are in the fire service WIU, or the assoc. colleges::


    http://www.wiu.edu/ses/distance/

    http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/higher_e...p_schools.shtm

    do you have your assoc. already??

    also, what do you want to do with the degree???

    do you want to be a chief or chief officer one day??

    4 year program::

    http://www.my.gcu.edu/SiteCollection...agementPOS.pdf


    http://homedirs.wtamu.edu/~emaloy/ema.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddog01 View Post
    I am looking for a good school to get my online fire science degree. Is there anyone out there satisfied with there school? I am looking for a school that is regionally and nationally accredited.
    You best move would be to enroll in a college and attend the classes and not sit at home in your skivies doing something on a computer. Not a great way to learn.
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    Thanks for the comments but I have 40 credits at a local college and just looking to finish degree. I am also studying for promotional exam and I am on a very busy department at the busiest station. I am looking just for the degree all the info is repetitive. Your right online is not for everyone but I found it works for me I am discipline enough.

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    none of the colleges have shift work hour classes???

    should have asked what state you are in??

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddog01 View Post
    I am looking for a good school to get my online fire science degree. Is there anyone out there satisfied with there school? I am looking for a school that is regionally and nationally accredited.
    nvm.. just saw ur on the job. edited.
    Last edited by thanojon; 06-02-2010 at 07:13 PM. Reason: mis information

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    Yo "Mad One"...have you checked the IAFC web site?? They usually have quite a few links to online programs. I'm actually surprised you haven't located a list on Firehouse.com. Also, you didn't indicate if you are looking for an AA, BA, BS or Masters??

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    I looked up a bunch but was looking for a good one that maybe someone else is currently attending. I just joined firehouse and figured this was a good place to ask. You really have to research those schools. I am looking for associates and I am in MA

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    If you have a Masters already,work in a busy department and assigned to a busy station, why an Associates in Fire Science??

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    I do not have my masters I am working on my associates and since I am studying for promotional exam it will give me points and with the flexibility of a online couarse I could do both

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    Columbia Southern University
    Cogswell Polytechnical University
    Allan Han**** College
    Eastern Kentucky University

    These are the four that i've heard others either take courses from or received degrees from, successfully. I'm not recommending...just passing on info. What ever you do...do your due diligence and make sure you get what you're paying for. For instance, I don't know if accreditation is of particular interest to you. I know it is for me, because later on when when I do pursue my Masters, I don't want some snake oil program that I later can't use for credits. Just a thought!!

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    I'm currently taking a few classes online through Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. I've heard some good things about their program and they have a wide selection of courses that are offered online. Out-of-state tuition is pretty steep. I'm only taking casses to transfer back to my school in Iowa.

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    I am finishing up a degree program with Columbia Southern. It is not as academically challenging as "Real College" but you get out of it what you put into the program. I have a 2000 BA in History from a "Real College" so I know the difference some people talk about. They have two semester types, one of them is go at your own pace; they send you the books and you have 3 months to finish the class at your own pace.

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    Will your department except that degree from columbia southern. I guess part of my worry is that my department might not except degree based on accreditation. I want to go for my bachelors after will another school except credits? Were the books free? That is huge if it is.

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    Columbia Southern is nationally accredited, my department accepts it, and even reimburses $2000 a year in tuition.

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    Thanks for the info I was looking into keiser college where I had to take alot more classes and 12000 dollars later. I only have 7 classes to finish with the college I attended. They wanted me to take 14 , 7 more than I need with my current school. What are the two semesters u mentioned and who are they nationally certified by? Thanks and cool logo

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    They'll only transfer 90 credits, the BS in Fire Science is 131 credit hours. They also might add credits for "life experience" depending what you have done, but they only do this after you have taken your first class with them. Talk to them, the worst they will say is no.

    They are accredited with Distance Education and Training Council, this is the agency that accredits online colleges for US Dept of Education.

    The two semester options are a traditional semester based on a calendar year and a per-term schedule which you sign up for a class any time, they send you the book and you have 3 months to complete the class.

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    For AAS, West Georgia Technical College. Very reasonable tuition even for Out of State, 10 week "quarter": http://www.westgatech.edu/academics/...ence/index.htm

    For BS in Fire Science Administration look at Waldorf College. Again, very reasonable tuition. They accept hours from Columbia Southern and do very well on accepting transfer credit from different sources from what I understand, and they are regionally accredited: http://www.waldorf.edu/Online/Home

    Good luck!

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    As I stated in another forum, the University of Maryland offers an online bachlors degree in Fire Science. But the decision of what university for you to pursue is entirely up to you. UMD is nationally accredited, if it wasn't I certainly would be one of their never ending students.

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    Default How Much?

    I've already received an AS in Fire Science through my local community college.

    Approximately how much have any of you spent through one of the on line curriculum to get the BS?

    Have you found that the on line schools let you test out or life experience out of the higher level classes needed for the BS?

    I'm just trying to get a ball park figure on how much 2 years of an on line degree will cost so I can plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    You best move would be to enroll in a college and attend the classes and not sit at home in your skivies doing something on a computer. Not a great way to learn.
    I have to disagree. Online classes are a great way for some people to earn or finish a degree. I can view a presentation online and get just as much out of it, as I would sitting in a class. It definitely take more self motivation, but having done both online, and actual classes...I prefer online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgain25 View Post
    I have to disagree. Online classes are a great way for some people to earn or finish a degree. I can view a presentation online and get just as much out of it, as I would sitting in a class. It definitely take more self motivation, but having done both online, and actual classes...I prefer online.
    I agree. In fact one recent study showed that students who lived on campus were increasingly still signing up for online classes because they liked the flexibility. I earned my degree through an online program at a major university after earning my AA at a brick and mortar school. I can tell you that an online class can be a lot hard than a traditional one and an online degree program can require a lot more work and dedication. Additionally, some learn better that way. I know that despite some classes being very difficult in an online environment that I found I learned and retained better that way.

    To IllinoisFF3, your question depends on what school you're talking about. Most accredited and "above board" schools will not let you "test out" on very many courses. There is going to be a maximum amount of credits they'll let you transfer in and a minimum you're going to have to take through the school. After all, they want to count on you for at least a certain amount of tuition.

    Now, for timing and cost. If you already have an associates degree, "most" online bachelor's programs can be completed in 2-4 years. The reason it's so varied is that it depends on how much you want to put in to it. I knew people in my program who did it in just under 2 years, but that was basically a full load of classes. Most people can't do that if they're working full time. It took me 3.5 years to complete mine. That was because I usually only took one class per semester and just occasionally took two at one time. I found it to be a fairly relaxing pace and class load with my full time job and family. The week's classwork would be posted on a Sunday night and I'd have it done by Tuesday (the work being due on Sunday). That would give me Tuesday through Sunday not having to worry about school work at all. At times it felt like I was taking a lazy pace, but it suited me. Your mileage may vary.

    Cost can vary widely. My program was through a fairly prestigious (i.e. expensive) and nationally accredited university. Those 3.5 years cost me about $20K and my employer didn't reimburse me a dime. At least I got a decent tuition tax break every year.

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    It is all what you put into it when dealing with online. Anyone can open the course evals, and skim the book for answers, fudge a essay or two.

    But if you take time to read, highlight and take note, you actually will gain knowledge.

    While it is no where near as tough as my first degree at a "real" college, it is a great way for a person to gain some education. Honestly, if you don't keep learning, this job will leave you in the dust. All the new technologies we are getting, all the new roles we are to take on, it isn't just putting wet stuff on red stuff anymore, it is a profession.
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    Default college vs. fire certificatons classes

    There's been alot of talk about guys on the job taking college level courses. I want to take it one step further. I come from a dept. that does not train (as a shift or a whole dept). So I have been taking classes from the state fire academy on my own time to try to keep up my skills. However, I find myself having trouble finding time to take academy classes and doing well in college. I am curious to see what other firefighters would or are doing in my situation.

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