NSU Accepting Applications for New Program

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership concentration in Unified Public Safety Administration.

The program is part of a complete online degree offered jointly by the nine institutions in the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern State. The accelerated degree completion program is offered in cooperation with the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL). The program is designed for adult learners who started college, but did not complete their degree.

More information on the program is available at nsula.edu/uls-organizational-leadership-degree<http://www.nsula.edu/uls-organizational-leadership-degree> or at yourcallla.org/site400.php.

Each University of Louisiana System institution is offering a distinct concentration. The degree will consist of 30 hours of courses offered jointly by faculty at the nine universities and 30 hours of concentration and elective courses offered by each institution.  The online platform will be seamless and the cost will be uniform across concentrations and universities.

To enter the program, students must be at least 25 years old and have completed 60 hours of college credit including general education courses.  However, students with less than 60 hours will have opportunities to earn credit online or through prior learning assessment that gauges skills learned on the job.

Offered in five, eight-week terms each year, and charging a flat per credit hour rate of $325, the program can be completed in two years well below the cost of other online degree programs.  The first classes will begin at the end of May.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in public safety administration is to prepare students for administration roles in fire and emergency medical service, law enforcement, emergency management and related public safety careers.

Gaining an understanding of all aspects of leadership within the public service community is a major emphasis of the program and an asset for students.  Graduates are prepared for the growing support needs of local, state, and federal agencies. According to program coordinator Dr. Jack Atherton, the need for trained professionals to administer programs ranging from traditional law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service, emergency management and related private sector employers is on the rise.

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