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This program emphasizes independent study with no classroom attendance required. Take courses as part of a degree program or for professional development.

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The Degrees at a Distance Program (DDP) in Fire Service is a cooperative venture

This alliance is between Western Oregon University (WOU) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency-National Fire Academy ( FEMA-NFA).

Serving the Northwest and Pacific including Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Canada, this program is part of a nationwide independent study curriculum that allows professional fire service personnel to upgrade administrative skills, schedule studying around professional duties, and earn credit toward a bachelor's degree in Fire Services Administration.

Students who successfully complete DDP courses will receive a Certificate of Completion from the National Fire Academy. Those who receive a baccalaureate degree from one of the participating institutions also receive a Certificate of Achievement from the National Fire Academy.

How does the program work?

Courses in the WOU Degrees at a Distance Program in Fire Services Administration are offered in an online format.

After registering for an online course, you will receive emailed instructions for accessing the online course platform. Your course syllabus, assignments and most exams are contained within the course.

For a correspondence course, course materials are mailed to you. Your course syllabus will explain details of assignments and scheduling of the final examination. Most courses require completion of four to six assignments which are to be returned to your instructor for evaluation.

When all assignments are complete, the instructor schedules your final examination and mails it to a proctor you identify. The proctor may be a school principal, supervisor, community college faculty, librarian, or fire chief. The proctor supervises the exam and returns it to your instructor.

DDP courses are designed to be completed in 15 weeks, although you may complete more quickly. You are encouraged, however, to adhere to the schedule you receive from the instructor. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the instructor by email, phone, or fax.

Independent study program calendar

Fall    September 29 to December 12, 2014   
Winter    January 5 - March 20, 2015   
Spring    March 30 - June 12, 2015   


Courses    Links to Course Descriptions      
FSA 323    Fire and Emergency Services Administration     
FSA 324    Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection    Not available spring term   
FSA 325    Personnel Management for the Fire Service     
FSA 326    Fire Prevention Organization and Management     
FSA 327    Fire-Related Human Behavior     
FSA 328    Disaster Planning and Control      
FSA 329    Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection     
FSA 330    Fire Protection Structures and Systems     
FSA 331    Community Risk Reduction     Not available spring term   
FSA 332    Fire Investigation and Analysis      
FSA 333    Applications of Fire Research     
FSA 334    Fire Dynamics     
FSA 335    Emergency Medical Services Administration    Not available spring term   
FSA 336    Managerial Issues of Hazardous Materials     
FSA 403    Field Study    Not available spring term   
SSc 409    Practicum    Not available spring term   



Fire Services Administration 503-838-8690 | or e-mail: fsa@wou.edu

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