The Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration (BAS PSAD) is designed to prepare individuals as leaders and administrators in public safety related professions. Students enrolling in the program bring a variety of safety and security backgrounds to enrich the educational experience, including legal studies and law enforcement, corrections, fire science, and emergency medical services. The program provides a career and educational pathway for students who have earned an Associate in Science degree in a Public Safety discipline or an Associate in Arts with electives chosen from the Public Safety field.
The BAS PSAD program includes courses in public administration, strategic planning, finance and budgeting, human resource management, and homeland security. Courses are offered online or in a blend of online and traditional formats, in an accelerated eight-week fashion, to accommodate students' varying schedules and learning preferences.
- Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
- General Education Core Requirements: minimum of 36 credit hours
- Additional Lower Division Program Requirements: minimum of 45 credit hours with at least 12 of the required credits in a Public Safety discipline (courses with the following prefixes: CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, CJT, EMS, FFP, PLA, PSE, and/or other Public Safety courses that may transfer from another college or university)
- Baccalaureate Program Requirements: 39 credit hours
1. Applicants must apply for admission and be accepted to Edison State College. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
2. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3. Applicants must have earned:
a. An Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science Technology, Paralegal Studies, or Crime Scene Technology (or a related public safety field) from a regionally accredited institution. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for admission;
b. An Associate degree or higher, which includes the completion of Florida State General Education Core Requirements. Students with a minimum of 60 hours, with all general education and prerequisite courses completed, may apply for admission. Such applicants must complete 12 credit hours in one of the following content areas. Students are permitted to take these 12 credit hours following admission to the BAS PSAD within their first 12 credit hours of enrollment:
1. Criminal Justice
2. Crime Scene Technology
3. Paralegal Studies
4. Fire Science
5. Emergency Medical Services
6. A combination of the above content areas upon recommendation by the BAS Admissions Committee or approval by the appropriate academic Dean.
c. An Associate degree or higher, which includes the completion of the Florida State General Education Core requirements. Students with a minimum of 60 hours, with all general education and prerequisites courses completed, may apply for admission. Such applicants must have one of the following current certifications:
1. Active national or state firefighter certification
2. Active National Registry or Florida Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or Paramedic certification
3. Active national or state eligible certification in law enforcement or corrections
4. Previous certification which includes at least four years demonstrated work experience in one of the following:
a. National or state firefighter certification
b. National Registry or state firefighter certification
c. National or state certification in law enforcement or corrections.
4. Students are encouraged to apply for admission during the term in which they will complete their Associate degree program.
5. Applicants not meeting stated admissions criteria may petition for program admittance if they feel that there are mitigating circumstances. Applicants must submit an official petition form to the Office of the Registrar available online.
Requirements to Enroll in Baccalaureate Courses:
1. Upon Admission to the BAS PSAD program, students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to enrollment in baccalaureate courses.
2. Prior to enrollment in any upper division courses, applicants must successfully complete ENC 1101 - Composition I , ENC 1102 - Composition II , and three credit hours of college level mathematics.
3. Students who are accepted under admission requirement 3c above must complete 12 credit hours in a single public safety discipline, or a combination of courses as approved by the appropriate academic dean, prior to enrollment in upper division courses.
4. Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in PAD 4878, Public Safety Administration Capstone. PAD 4878 must be completed through Edison State College and is not eligible for cross-enrollment approval.
5. Cross-enrollment approval- Baccalaureate degree seeking students must obtain prior approval to cross enroll (as a transient student) in courses intended to fulfill upper division program requirements. Approval will be determined by the appropriate dean in collaboration with program faculty. Students initiate this process using www.facts.org.
6. Students who have not fulfilled the Edison State College general education requirements must complete them. Students who transfer to Edison State College with a previous Associate in Arts degree from a Florida College or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the General Education component of the degree. Students are permitted to complete remaining general education courses while enrolled in the BAS program.
- Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Florida SouthWestern State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for Developmental Studies instruction may not be applied toward the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
- Students must complete the State of Florida General Education Core Requirements, including any assessment of General Education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Florida SouthWestern State College with a previous Associate in Arts degree from a Florida College or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the General Education component of the degree.
- Students must complete Florida's foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the
baccalaureate degree. Students may meet this competency in one of three ways:
- Successful completion of two years of a single foreign language while in high school
(official high school transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions) or
- Successful completion of two semesters (8-10 credit hours) of a single foreign language
in college (or through corresponding College Level Examination Program CLEP exams) or
- Edison State College may determine standards for review of non-traditional foreign
language competence for languages not available through CLEP (in languages other than
French, German, and Spanish).
- Students must fulfill all requirements of their program major.
- Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program requirements.
- Students must successfully complete the Capstone Post Course Exit Exam (minimum grade of 70%) as part of the fulfillment of the graduation requirement.
- Students must complete an application for graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll in the GRD 4000 course the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of their diploma, and participation in the commencement ceremony.
Many courses require prerequisites. Check the description of each course in the list below to check for prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and other restrictions related to the course. Students must complete all prerequisites for a course prior to registering for it.
Priority Application Deadlines:
Fall term - August 1; Spring term - December 1; Summer term - April 1
Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours