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2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Safety Administration, BAS

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The Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration (BAS PSA) is designed to prepare individuals as leaders, supervisors 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.

Program Highlights: The BAS PSA program includes courses in public administration, strategic planning, finance and budgeting, human resource management and homeland security. Courses are offered in an online or blend of online and  traditional formats, in an accelerated eight week fashion, to accommodate students’ various schedules and learning preferences.

Career Opportunities: The BAS PSA program prepares graduates for career promotions and advancement in the public safety industry to include law enforcement, fire services, corrections, emergency medical services, emergency administration management and industrial security enterprises in both government and private sector agencies.

Admission Requirements

  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 in relevant transfer courses that apply toward the BAS degree.
  3. Applicants must have earned:

    1. An Edison State College Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology, Fire Science Technology, Paralegal Studies or Crime Scene Technology awarded within the past 10 years which includes 60 hours of transfer credit. Additional general education requirements must be completed prior to graduation.

    2. An Associate in Arts degree or 60 hours of transfer credit which includes the completion of the Florida State general education requirements. Such applicants must have 12 credit hours earned in the past 10 years in one of the following content areas:

      1. Criminal Justice
      2. Crime Scene Technology
      3. Paralegal Studies
      4. Fire Science
      5. Emergency Medical Services
      6. Combinations of the above content areas upon recommendation by the BAS Admissions Committee or approval by the Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs.

    3. An Associate in Arts or higher degree or 60 hours of transfer credit which includes the completion of the Florida State general education requirements. Such applicants must have one of the following:

      1. Florida Fire Officer I certification
      2. Florida Paramedic licensure
      3. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission certification in law enforcement or corrections
      4. Demonstrated competencies in the field of public safety upon recommendation by the BAS Admissions Committee or approval by the Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs.
  4. Transfer students with an AS degree in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Paralegal Studies or Crime Scene Technology from a regionally accredited college or university awarded within the past 10 years may be admitted following a review of transcripts and course descriptions. Any outstanding general education must be completed prior to being eligible for graduation. The College reserves the right to review all applicant transcripts and to require supplemental coursework to correct deficiencies, should they exist.
  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 available in the Office of the Registrar.
  6. While the BAS program is designed to articulate associate degrees, Edison State College freshman and sophomore students may declare their intent to enroll in the BAS program through the Edison State College Admissions Application.
  7. Prior to enrollment in any upper division courses, applicants must successfully complete ENC 1101, ENC 1102 and three credit hours of college level mathematics.

The Edison State College Registrar’s Office will ensure that previous coursework meets all relevant academic standards before acceptance for transfer. The Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs and the BAS Admissions Committee will ensure adherence to the above admissions criteria.

General Education Requirements:

Subtotal: 36

**Approved Transfer Electives: 45

Subtotal: 33

Specified Upper Division Electives

Choose six credit hours from any of the following upper division course prefixes (3000 or higher): ACG, FIN, ISM, MAN, or PAD

Specified Upper Division Electives: 6

Total Credit Hours: 120


*Prior to enrollment in any upper division course (3000 or 4000 level), students must complete ENC 1101, ENC 1102 and three credit hours of college level mathematics with grades of “C” or higher.

**Consult with BAS PSA Program Advising regarding approved transfer electives. A minimum of 12 credit hours of lower division (1000 and 2000 level) electives in a public safety discipline is required. Students must complete either two years of a single foreign language in high school or two college semesters of a single foreign language to complete graduation requirements for the BAS PSA degree.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Edison State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for college-preparatory instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
  2. For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 39 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. At least 30 of the 39 hours must be earned at Edison State College.
  3. Students must fulfill all requirements for their program major. Students should refer to program graduation requirements.
  4. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all work at Edison State College. Students pursuing a degree in education must achieve a 2.5 average or higher in all coursework. Individual programs may require a higher grade point average for graduation.
  5. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division program requirements.
  6. Students must complete the general education requirements of the Associate in Arts Degree including any assessment of general education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Edison State College with a previous associate in arts degree from a Florida community college, or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, are considered to have met the general education component of the degree.
  7. Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency in one of two ways:
    1. successful completion of two years of a single foreign language while in high school (official high school transcripts must be submitted to the College Registrar), or
    2. 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). Edison State College may determine standards for review of nontraditional foreign language competence for languages not available through CLEP (in languages other than French, German and Spanish).
  8. In accordance with State Rule 6A- 10.0312, a student must demonstrate proficiency on the State of Florida College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) or meet eligibility standards for CLAST alternatives. Students in pursuit of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree must complete the CLAST requirement by the time they have earned 36 semester hours as a BAS student.
  9. Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in the capstone or internship experience.


Additional Information

Public Safety Management Program Office 239-489-9132

Program information is available online at: http://www.edison.edu/academics/psm/

Consult the Baccalaureate Admissions and Graduation sections of the Catalog for additional program requirements.

Students must complete an Application for Graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll for the GRD 4000 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 diploma, and participation in the graduation ceremony. Individual programs may identify graduation application deadlines.

For additional information, please contact the Public Safety Administration program offices by calling (239) 433-8106. Program information is available online at: http://bas.EdisonState.edu.

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