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Fire and Emergency Response Management BAS (UW Oshkosh)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM) If you already have an associate degree in fire protection, fire science, paramedic technician or emergency management from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) or a similar institution, this program is for you!

Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree

The first of its kind in Wisconsin and developed by fire chiefs, UW Oshkosh's FERM program prepares students to manage complex public health and safety organizations. It is tailored to working firefighters and emergency response personnel. All FERM courses provide learning opportunities for individuals who wish to advance in their current career or a related field. Students will gain knowledge in:

  • Personnel management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Writing and communication
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Administrative law
  • Management and budgeting
  • Leadership

Applicants must have successfully completed an associate degree in an appropriate fire science area. Such areas may include fire protection, fire science, paramedic technician, wildland firefighting or emergency management. Fire and Emergency Response Management students earn a block of 45 credits for an approved technical degree, plus credits for applicable general education courses. Most students transfer approximately 60 credits.

Eligible Associate Degrees

  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Engineering
  • Fire Medic
  • Fire Protection Engineering Technology
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Paramedic Technician
  • Wildland Firefighter

Program Requirements

Download the Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management Curriculum Planning Guide.

Applicants to the Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM) program must have successfully completed an associate degree in an appropriate fire science area. Such areas may include: fire protection, fire science, paramedic technician or emergency management. General education required coursework, including courses in:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Non-Western Culture

Transferring of Credits

If you already have an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Medic, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Protection Technician, Fire Science Technician, Paramedic Technician, Emergency Management or Wildland Firefighting, many of your previous courses may satisfy the FERM program requirements. Transfer of general education course work from similar Associate of Applied Science degree programs is also considered. A 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for all transfer students.

Courses

All FERM courses provide learning opportunities for individuals who wish to advance in their current career or a related field. Students will gain knowledge in:

  • Personnel management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Writing and communication
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Administrative law
  • Management and budgeting
  • Leadership

Total credits required for completion: 120

Admission Requirements

Applying to the Center for New Learning is different than applying for college when you graduate from high school. So, if you've misplaced your ACT scores or you've missed the regular University of Wisconsin Oshkosh application deadlines-don't worry!

Send the following items to:
Admissions Office
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
P.O. Box 2423
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2423

  • $44 check payable to University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Please note: You do not need to send this fee if your last school attended was a University of Wisconsin System two-year college OR if you previously attended University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and have not attended another college/university since you left.)
  • Official transcripts from each college/university you previously attended. If you previously attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, send official transcripts from any other colleges/universities you attended. (Please note: You may need to send a written request and/or payment of a fee before a college or university will mail your official transcripts.)

Once accepted, you will receive an official acceptance letter from the Center for New Learning. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor for an orientation session.

Degree-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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