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									             University College
         The University of Memphis
                 offers the
       Degrees at a Distance Program
                   for the
           National Fire Academy

Degree Requirements                                      How to Apply for Credit for
How to Get Started                                       Learning from Training and
Transfer Credit                                          Work Experience

                      The University Of Memphis is one of 46 institutions
                        in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the
                       seventh largest system of higher education in the
                         nation. It is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative
                      Action university, committed to education of a non-
                                racially identifiable student body.
                                       University College
                                   The University of Memphis
                                        218 Brister Hall
                                      Memphis, TN 38152


                               Bachelor of Professional Studies
                                 Major in Individual Studies
                                       Concentrations in
                                      Fire Administration
                                 Fire Prevention Technology
Degrees at a Distance Program
The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy has designated the University of Memphis
as one of the institutions throughout the country to offer a bachelor’s degree with concentrations
in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology through the Degrees at a Distance
Program (DDP). The DDP program is an online degree program sponsored by the National Fire
Academy (NFA) which is available to fire service personnel in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The course curriculum is developed by
Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network and is delivered completely
online to accommodate working adults and the demands of fire service personnel. The National
Fire Academy and the University of Memphis are proud to be working together in promoting the
benefits of higher education and in meeting the needs of personnel in fire and emergency

To qualify for this program, students must have completed an associate’s degree in a fire
related degree program, hold a certification in emergency management training, or have
training/experience through a paid or volunteer fire fighting position.

The bachelor’s degree is comprised of four components:
I. General Education                     35-41 hours
II. Concentration                           33 hours
III. College Requirement                     9 hours
IV. Electives                            36- 42 hours
Minimum hours required:                 120 total credit hours*

*Students must complete at least 60 hours from a four year institution.
*Students must complete at least 42 hours of upper-division credit (3000–4000 level courses).
*Students must complete at least 30 of last 60 hours through the University of Memphis.
                               UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
         Required Courses                                       Course      Semester    Grade    Hours
         English Composition (6 hours)
         ENGL 1010 (minimum C-) (3)
         ENGL 1020 (minimum C-) (3)
         Oral Communication and Rhetoric (3 hours)
         COMM 2381 Oral Communication (3)
         Mathematics (3 hours) - pick one of the following:
         MATH 1420, 1710, 1530, 1830, 1910 or 2000
         Humanities (9 hours)
         1. Literature Course – ENGL 2201 or ENGL 2202 (3)



         Social Science (6 hours)

         Natural Science (8 hours):


         Total General Education Hours Required                 35 - 41*

Refer to “Graduation from the University, General Education” in the Undergraduate Bulletin for courses which
meet the above requirements.
Consult the UC college advisors if you have any questions about transfer credit equivalencies.
Need to take American Heritage requirement: Yes______           No________
University College students are exempt from the American Heritage requirement as long as they have completed
one year of American History in high school.

Remedial/developmental courses to complete: Yes______         No_______
If yes, list courses here:

High school deficiencies to complete: Yes________      No ________
If yes, list courses here:
                                    B.P.S. Fire Administration/Fire Prevention Technology
                                                 Academic Advising Summary
                  Fire Administration _____ Fire Prevention Technology _____                          Both _____
   Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all major                              Course #     Semester    Grade   Hours
   courses and earn a major GPA of at least 2.25.
   Fire Services Core Courses (21 hours)
   Fire Prevention, Organization & Management (Spring)                                    PADM 3612
   Fire & Emergency Services Administration (Fall)                                        PADM 3613
   Political & Legal Foundations of Fire Protection (Fall)                                PADM 3614
   Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection (Fall)                                   TECH 3940
   Fire Protection Structure & Systems (Spring)                                           TECH 3944
   Applications of Fire Research (Spring)                                                 TECH 3947
   Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials (Summer)                                      TECH 3948
   Fire Administration or Fire Prevention Technology
   Fire Administration Concentration (9 hours)
   Personnel Management for the Fire & Emergency Services
   (Spring)                                                                               PADM 3610
   Disaster Planning & Control (Spring)                                                   PADM 3611
   Community Risk Reduction (Summer)                                                      PADM 3615
   Fire Prevention Technology Concentration (9 hours)**
   Fire Related Behavior (Spring)                                                         TECH 3942
   Fire Investigation & Analysis (Fall)                                                   TECH 3945
   Fire Dynamics (Fall)                                                                   TECH 3946
   Fire Service Elective (3 hours) (choose one course from the
   concentration not selected for the 9 hour concentration above)
   Thematic Studies (6 hours)
   Any UNIV 3500-3599 or UNIV 4500-4599
   Senior Project (3 hours) (Senior Status & TECH 3947 are                                UNIV 4995
   prerequisites; completed in student’s final semester; C- or better
   Electives – courses needed to reach the minimum 120 credit hours with at
   least 60 hours from a 4 year institution and at least 30 of the last 60 hours
   completed at the University of Memphis. Experiential Learning credit is considered
   elective credit. See our website at
   learning.php and speak to your advisor about using Experiential Learning as elective

Thematic Studies (6 hours)
Any UNIV 3500-3599 or UNIV 4500-4599
Students complete a total of 6 hours in a University College thematic studies course(s) of their choosing. These courses are
designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of significant themes in social, political, and religious history. Only specifically
designated courses will meet this requirement. For a complete list of courses:

Senior Project, UNIV 4995 (3 hours)
The Senior Project is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a
student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse together the two or more academic areas that comprise
your coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete a research
paper on a topic of their choice with approval of their Senior Project instructor.
The Senior Project is completed during a student’s final semester. For information on the Senior Project visit:
ALL Sections of UNIV 4995 are taught online either through the Regents Online Degree Program or U of M Online. Students
will be assigned to a section based on the topic they select. RODP sections have an additional fee.
                                     FIRE PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Core Courses

PADM 3612 - Fire Prevention, Organization & Management (3). Examines and evaluates techniques, procedures, programs
and agencies involved with fire prevention; public and private fire prevention functions, licenses, permits, zoning, legal
aspects, inspection, investigations, planning, arson and incendiary analysis.

PADM 3613 - Fire & Emergency Services Administration (3). Overview of organization and management in modern fire
service; management of equipment and personnel, fire department functions, planning, resource development, labor

PADM 3614 - Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection (3). Legal basis for police power of government related to
public safety; legal limitations and responsibility; liability of fire prevention organizations and personnel; review of judicial

TECH 3940 - Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection (3). Systems analysis and its use and limitations in fire protection
and other problem areas; illustrated with case studies and models using the systems approach to fire suppression and

TECH 3944 - Fire Protection Structure & Systems (3). Design principles involved in protection of structure from fire
involvement empirical tests and prediction procedures; control detection, and suppression system design practices;
fundamentals of hydraulic design of sprinkler and water spray systems with recent innovations.

TECH 3947 - Applications of Fire Research (3). Fire research and its application; transfer and implications of available
research results for fire prevention and protection programs; national and international studies and research developments.

TECH 3948 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials (3). Examination of federal regulatory issues, hazard identification
and vulnerability analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel, multi-agency response resources and
systems; discussion of agency policies, public education and emergency information systems, health and safety issues,
command post dynamics, strategic and tactical considerations, recovery and termination procedures.

Fire Administration Concentration Courses

PADM 3610 - Personnel Management for the Fire & Emergency Services (3). Personnel practices and management
procedures; manpower planning, labor relations recruitment, selection, testing, performance appraisals, classification,
motivation, politics and management.

PADM 3611 - Disaster Planning & Control (3). Concepts and principles of community risk assessment, regional and
cooperative procedures and plans; relationship of structural, climatic and topographical variables to group fires,
conflagrations, and natural disasters; pre- and post-occurrence factors; communications, planning, organizing, coordination,
command and logistics.

PADM 3615 - Community Risk Reduction (3). Sociological, economic and political characteristics of communities and their
influence on fire problem; how to study community profiles and structures with consideration of economic, geographic, and
sociological variables of fire threat.; examination of functional basis of community, diverse social roles of community
agencies; study of fire services as complex organization in community.

Fire Prevention Technology Concentration Courses

TECH 3942 - Fire Related Behavior (3). Dynamics of human behavior in fire incidents related to building design, codes and
ordinances and other fire prevention practices.

TECH 3945 - Fire Investigation & Analysis (3). Procedures and techniques for collection, comparison, and analysis of
physical evidence related to fire origin; principles of evidence of ignition phenomenon and propagation variables; legislative,
economic, psychological, and sociological variables of incendiary fire, role of insurance and government programs.

TECH 3946 - Fire Dynamics (3). Fire propagation phenomenon in both fuel and air regulated phases; variables in pre- and
post-flash over fire development; geometric, material, gaseous, fluid flow, and thermodynamic parameters; compartment and
building fire models.
                  How to Get Started in University College at the University of Memphis

1. New Students Apply for admission to the University of Memphis. You can access the application online at or call 901.678.2111.
      DEADLINES TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION: July 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, May 1 for Summer.
     There is a $25 application fee. The Office of Admissions receives and evaluates all transcripts and
     determines admission status.
      Send all of your official transcripts from high school and any colleges or universities that you have attended
        to the Office of Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152.

     Former Students (Readmission)
     Former undergraduate students who wish to return to the University at the same level as when they previously
     attended and have missed any academic term excluding summer must file an application for readmission. This
     form should be secured, completed, and returned to the Admissions Office. If the student has enrolled at
     another institution since last attending the University of Memphis, an official transcript must be forwarded to the
     Admissions Office. An applicant will receive favorable consideration only if eligible for readmission under all
     University regulations, including the grade point average (GPA) for transfer students. (NOTE: International
     students who wish to apply for readmission to the University must meet the deadlines for new admission for
     international students.) There is no fee for readmission to the University.

2. Students must also complete the University College’s declaration of major form which is located on the next
   page or can be obtained by calling 901.678.2716. There is no fee associated with this process.

3. Once you are admitted or readmitted to the University of Memphis as an undergraduate student and your
   transcripts are evaluated by Admissions, you will receive a letter in the mail informing you that it’s time to meet
   with an advisor. Call 901.678.2716 to set up an appointment with your assigned advisor. Phone appointments
   are available for students outside the Memphis area. You will work with this advisor each semester until
   graduation. Course planning and advising is required prior to each registration period.

4.   After meeting with an advisor and selecting your courses, you will register for courses via myMemphis at which is an online registration system. Registration for classes
     typically begins in mid-November for spring, and around the first or second week in April for summer and fall.
     Please visit the following link to get a listing of registration dates and times as well as the first day of classes:
                     UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
                   DECLARATION OF MAJOR                                                                
      Indicate your desired area of study by marking the appropriate space below

         Degree Concentrations                                 Regents Online                          Jackson, Tennessee              Individualized
                                                              Degree Programs                           Degree Programs               Degree Program

___   BPS - Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
___   BLS - American Studies                            ___ BLS - Interdisciplinary Studies     ___ BPS - Law Enforcement             Design Your Own Degree
___   BLS - Asian Studies & International Trade                 (Design Your Own Degree)                  Administration
___   BPS - Child Development
___   BPS - Commercial Aviation                         BLS – Bachelor of Liberal Studies                                             ___ BLS    or ___ BPS
___   BPS - Correctional Administration                                                         ___ BPS - Organizational Leadership
___   BPS - Dance Education                             Emphasis I:_____________________
___   BPS - Disability Studies & Rehabilitation         _______________________________                                               Bachelor of Liberal
            Services                                                                                                                  Studies
___   BPS - Family & Consumer Studies                   Emphasis II: ___________________                                              or
___   BPS - Fire Administration                         _______________________________                                               Bachelor of Professional
___   BPS - Fire Prevention Technology                                                                                                Studies
___   BPS - Health Services Administration
___   BPS - Human Services                              ___ BPS - Information Technology                                              Discipline I: ___________
___   BLS - Judaic Studies                                                                                                            ______________________
___   BPS - Law Enforcement Administration
___   BPS - Merchandising – Fashion                     ___ BPS - Organizational Leadership                                           Discipline II:___________
___   BPS - Merchandising – Home Furnishings                                                                                          ______________________
___   BPS - Nonprofit Development & Administration
___   BPS - Organizational Leadership
___   BPS - Paralegal Services                                                                                                        Minimum 2.50 GPA
___   BPS - Preschool & Childcare Administration                                                                                      is required.
___   BLS - Religion and Society
___   BPS - Technology Management Services


  NAME: ___________________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________________

  UNIVERSITY ID #: U__________________________________DATE OF BIRTH: ___________________________________

  E-MAIL ADDRESS:_________________________________________________________________ (U of M account preferred)

  STREET ADDRESS: ______________________________________________ HOME PHONE # :________________________

  CITY: _________________________________________________________ STATE:___________                                         ZIP: _________________

  CELL #:_______________________________________________ FAX #: ___________________________________________

  EMPLOYER: ________________________________________________________PHONE #: ___________________________

  Are you enrolled at the U of M this semester? ____ Yes ____ No                            Have you been admitted or readmitted? ____ Yes _____ No

  If no, state the date you plan to enroll: _______________________________ Last date enrolled at the U of M: _________________________

  Current major: ____________________________________Will you be maintaining your current major? (double major) ____ Yes _____ No

  Are you currently registered with the Office of Student Disability Services?              ____ Yes    ____No

      Return completed application to:                        By signing this application, I understand that my major will be changed to the major
      University College                                      selected above.
      218 Brister Hall
      Memphis, TN 38152
      Phone: 901.678.2716
      Fax:    901.678.4913
                                                              Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ______________
                                                 Other Information
Students order books online for the fire courses. Information about each book is available at and for general education and thematic
studies courses can be ordered online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) bookstore at

Residency is determined by the Office of Admissions. Students who live in Tennessee pay in-state fees. Out of
state students who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina are eligible to
pay in-state fees through the Academic Common Market (ACM). The ACM is an arrangement among southern
states which allows degree-seeking students to have out-of-state fees waived. Information on the ACM is
available at After a student is accepted by the University of
Memphis and University College, an acceptance letter is sent to the student which is needed for ACM verification.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete all required paperwork with the state ACM coordinator. Information
about tuition and other fees is available at

Course Information
All courses are completed in one semester and are available online. Fall semester courses run from August to
December, spring semester courses run from January to May, and summer courses run from June to August.
General education and University College required courses are available on campus, at Extended Program sites
in the Memphis area, or online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). Additional information
about Extended Program sites or RODP is available at Once
admitted to the program, out of state students may discuss options with their advisor to take general education
courses at a local college or university. Please note that prior approval must be granted to ensure that courses
will transfer and count toward degree requirements.
All fire courses are only available online through eCourseware/Desire 2 Learn. A student must log into
eCourseware on the first day of classes for each semester to view the course requirements, syllabus and
instructor information. eCourseware log-in for fire courses is available at or at for RODP courses. In most cases, tests and final exams must be taken at a proctored site
(testing center at local college or university). Arrangements for proctors must be secured by the student with the
University College fire service coordinator at the beginning of the student’s enrollment in the program. Any fees
charged by these proctors are the student’s responsibility. Students must complete freshman level English
composition courses (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020) with at least a C- or better before enrolling in any fire courses.

Contact with faculty
Students are assured of contact with instructional faculty through regular correspondence, telephone
conversations, e-mail, and, when possible, personal conferences. Faculty will be available during telephone/office
hours in the daytime or evening. Instructors in each course will assess assignments, evaluate the final
examination and record the student’s final grade. When a student is ready to enroll in the Senior Project, a faculty
advisor will assist him or her in planning it and will supervise the student’s work.

Transfer Credits
As part of the admission process, students are required to submit official transcripts from each college or
institution that he/she has attended. Each transcript must come directly from the college which awarded the credit
and must be sent to the Office of Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152.
Evaluation of transfer credits is completed by the Office of Admissions. Sometimes a transfer course is not an
exact match to a University of Memphis course; additional information (course description or syllabus) will be
needed to determine if the course can apply to the student’s degree program. The University College advisor will
discuss transfer credits and how they apply during the first advising session.
If a student has already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, then he/she is exempt from the
general education requirements of the University of Memphis.
                                CREDIT BY EXAM AND CREDIT FOR EXPERIENCE

Persons who have college-level learning acquired through work experience or non-collegiate instruction may seek academic
credit for it in several ways.

  1.    For learning which corresponds to the content of existing courses, the student may seek departmental credit for the
        appropriate course through credit by exam. For information about credit by exam, visit the Registrar’s website
        at Subject area exams of the college Level
        Examination Placement Program (CLEP) may also be used. These exams are available at many college testing
        centers; check with the local college regarding fees. Information about accepted CLEP tests at the University of
        Memphis is available at

  2.    Credit for National Fire Academy courses taken at Emmitsburg, MD is awarded after evaluation by Transfer Affairs.
        Students should write to the NFA address below and request that their transcripts be sent to the U of M address
        below. (no fee)

                Office of Admissions                                 Student Services Branch
                University of Memphis                                National Emergency Training Center
                101 Wilder Tower                                     16825 South Seton Avenue
                Memphis, TN 38152                                    Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998

  3.    Credit for military instruction is also awarded after evaluation by Office of Admissions at U of M. Students with a
        record of active military service should send a copy of their DD214 to the U of M address above. (no fee)

  4.    For learning which does not either correspond to the content of existing courses or fall into Category Two above, the
        student develops an experiential learning portfolio which describes and documents higher learning. The
        development and evaluation of a portfolio is explained below and can also be found at

Portfolio Assessment
Assessment of portfolios is done only for students who have been accepted by the University of Memphis and the Degrees at
a Distance Program and are working toward a bachelor’s degree. The preparation of a portfolio is optional. A maximum of 30
credits for experiential learning may be applied to the degree; however, there is no guarantee of any credit being awarded.

Credit for college level experiential learning, through certain kinds of instruction in areas typical for firefighters, has already
been established. These areas include:

        Firemanship training                                         Hazardous materials
        Emergency medical services                                   Radiological monitoring

Guidelines to help students prepare a portfolio are attached: description and documentation are the key elements. It
should be kept in mind that learning must be related to professional preparation in fire administration or fire science
technology. If a student wishes to seek credit for learning which is unique to his situation and not in the categories
mentioned above, he should make sure that it is described fully in the portfolio.

Fees for Portfolio Assessment
All students submitting portfolios must pay an initial assessment fee of $90.00 before the portfolio’s evaluation online through
the Bursar’s Office. This is fee is non-refundable. The email confirming your payment from the Bursar’s office must be
submitted with the portfolio electronically to the University College at

If credit is awarded for the portfolio, the student will pay $30.00 per credit hour for the credit hours to be posted to the
transcript. The $90.00 assessment fee will be subtracted from the total dollar amount due. For example, if a student is
awarded 9 hours of credit (9 x $30), the $90.00 initially paid for assessment will be subtracted from the $270.00
owed, for a payment due of $180.00. When total fees are paid, the hours are posted to the student’s record and appear on
the student’s transcript along with all other credit hours.

Experiential Learning credit cannot substitute for basic General Education requirements or other required courses. It can only
apply as general elective credit as needed to reach 120 minimum credit hours, 60 hours from a four year school, or 30 hours
from the University of Memphis.

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