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Online Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services

Total Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: July 29, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Become a First Responder in Your Community

The online Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services (FES) from LSU Eunice is housed within the Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology. This degree program is designed for forward-thinking emergency professionals and uses a national professional development model for the fire service and EMS. Students will gain the skills and credentials to begin or advance their careers. Graduates of the program can find employment in emergency service departments, governmental agencies, private corporations, and similar industries.

The degree also offers two concentration areas:

  • Fire Service Technology
  • Emergency Services Technology

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Use Certifications for Credit

Students may be eligible to receive up to 24 prior learning credits by completing relevant firefighter and paramedic certificates.

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Continuous Support

Receive continuous support from a dedicated Student Success Coach from application to graduation.

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Learn from the Experts

Faculty consists of field-experienced experts who have dealt with fire and emergency response, safety, and hazardous materials incidents.


FESHE Recognized

This program is one of seven programs nationwide that carry the FESHE Recognition certificate at the associate degree level.

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Today's fire and emergency services leaders must adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Gone are the days when the only requirements were guts and leather lungs. This program is designed to help students develop the leadership and critical thinking skills needed to lead organizations through evolving changes.

Darryl E. Jones, Ph.D., CFO, EFO
Associate Professor

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Cost Online Fire & Emergency Services

Total credit hours per program: 60 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $260

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $3,900

Total cost with fees: $15,600

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUE degree. 

For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Career Opportunities Online Fire & Emergency Services

  • Chief Officer in Fire Departments
  • Management in State Fire Marshal
  • Safety Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Alarm Technician
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator

Accreditation Online Fire & Emergency Services

The FES curriculum is based on the FESHE (Fire Emergency Services and Higher Education) model through the National Fire Academy.

What Will I Learn? Online Fire & Emergency Services

Students enrolled in the online fire and emergency services program will gain the knowledge and skills to maintain public safety and pursue leadership opportunities in the emergency services sector.

Topics covered in this degree include: 

  • Critical-thinking skills to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in a fire and emergency services environment
  • Technological advancements that can produce higher levels of safety and survival
  • Specialized technical knowledge and skills relevant to subspecialties in the field of fire and emergency services
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills to work both independently and cooperatively as a member of a fire and emergency services team
  • Awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries, and deaths
  • The increase in violent incidents and how this impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes
  • The importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment

Why Choose This Program? Online Fire & Emergency Services

Why choose LSU Eunice’s online Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services (FES)?

This degree is the only online program of its kind in Louisiana. Having a degree is becoming more necessary for promotion in the emergency services field, so the FES program from LSUE equips students with the skills they need to advance their careers. Students can complete coursework when and where they choose. Additionally, the program offers two concentrations to help students further specialize their education.

Course Listings Online Fire & Emergency Services

The online Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services requires 60 credits to earn your degree.

Your personal credit requirements could be less depending on transferable credits and credit received for certifications. 

Required Courses

  • General Education Math | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education Natural Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education Humanities | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education Social Science | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 1001 English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 1002 English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 1001 Principles of Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 1101 Fire Behavior and Combustion | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2152 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2155 Fire Protection Systems and Equipment | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2210 Fire Prevention and Inspection | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2153 Fire Protection Hydraulics | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2502 Building Construction Structural Technology | Credit Hours: 3
  • INDS 1102 Hazardous Materials | Credit Hours: 3

Fire Service Technology Concentration

  • PBSA 2510 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • EMGT 1200 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2151 Fire Department Organization and Management | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2235 Principles of Arson Investigation | Credit Hours: 3
  • FSCI 2154 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy | Credit Hours: 3

Emergency Services Concentration

  • PBSA 2510 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • EMGT 1200 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • PBSA 2200 Technology for Emergency Services | Credit Hours: 3
  • EMGT 1500 Emergency Management in High-Threat Situations | Credit Hours: 3
  • PBSA 2830 Contingency Planning | Credit Hours: 3

Admission Requirements Online Fire & Emergency Services

Requirements for Freshmen

Applicants for admission to the freshman class are normally required to submit scores on the American College Test (ACT) in order to be placed at the appropriate levels in freshman courses, for counseling, and for selection of scholarship recipients. 

Graduates of state-approved high schools or those who hold a G.E.D or HiSET and have not attended another college or university will be considered for admission when they have made application.

Louisiana residents who are not graduates of state-approved high schools and have not attended another college or university may apply for admission by submitting their G.E.D. or HiSET transcript.

Louisiana residents who have graduated from a high school not approved by the State Department of Education or who do not have a G.E.D. or HiSET can be admitted under the Ability to Benefit provision.

Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants must have satisfactory records in other colleges and universities to apply for admission. 

Louisiana residents who have attempted fewer than 12 hours of college credit will be considered on the same basis as a student who earns a similar record at LSU Eunice.

All transfer students must be eligible to re-enroll at the last college or university last attended.

For additional information on admission requirements, please visit LSUE's Admission Portal.

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