A.A.S. Public Safety
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Grow your career faster with public safety associate degree credit for your training

In a profession where every milestone matters, keep yourself on track by earning your Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Public Safety. Franklin’s 100% online associate program awards maximum credit for professional training so you can finish your degree faster. Moreover, through Franklin’s partnerships with employers and professional organizations, you’ll be able to lower the cost of your remaining credits. 

Moreover, if your long-term goals include a bachelor’s degree, the credits you’ll earn as part of your A.A.S. program position you for seamless transition into Franklin’s B.S. Criminal Justice Administration or B.S. Public Safety Management + Leadership.  

Program Availability

On Site

Max Credit for Work + Life

Get up to 30 credits for professional training + certificates.

Balance Life + Learning

Take one 6-week online class at a time.   

Keep Moving Forward

Seamlessly transfer your A.A.S. credits toward a Franklin bachelor’s.

Program Overview

Build your knowledge in criminal justice administration, management, ethics and leadership

The A.A.S. in Public Safety was designed to be highly customizable to your interests. You’ll build on your experience throughout the program, as you prepare for leadership roles. You’ll complete required major area courses in criminal justice administration, management, ethics and leadership. As a result of these courses, you’ll be able to apply critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills required for ethical decision-making and problem solving in a public safety agency. 

Leverage your professional training to advance your public safety career

The A.A.S. Public Safety is designed to help you maximize your previous learning by accepting up to 40 hours of college credit.

Up to 30 hours of the 40 hour maximum can be collected through prior learning credit, which is awarded for the completion of  professional training or industry-aligned certificates. At Franklin, we’ve proactively evaluated police, corrections, paramedic and firefighter training for course credit, which means you’ll know how much credit you’ll be awarded toward your degree even before you register for your first class. 

You can also supplement prior learning credit with transfer credit for previously completed coursework at a community or technical college.  

Earn a degree that benefits you now and in the future

As a student in the A.A.S in Public Safety, you’ll develop both the technical and applied knowledge necessary to excel in management and leadership roles. You’ll learn in convenient and flexible 6-week online courses, virtual live sessions and classes taught by faculty with in-field experience. Their real world experience provides a unique perspective to help fuel your advancement within the field. 

You’ll also earn a degree that transfers seamlessly into Franklin’s B.S. Criminal Justice Administration or B.S. Public Safety Management + Leadership. So when the time is ready, you can build on your associate degree credits to save time and money toward your bachelor’s. 

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Get College Credit for What You Already Know

The certificates and training listed below are relevant to this degree program. Search our database to view pre-evaluated credentials and see how a license, certification or professional training saves you time and money toward your degree.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

60 Semester Hours
Non-technical Curriculum
General Education

Applied General Education

PF 121 - Basic Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on the skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferrable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for time management, goal setting, reading comprehension, and advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments.

OR PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on the skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.

SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)

This basic public-speaking course intends to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing, and listening.

OR COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)

By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and presentation skills.

8 credits from the following types of courses:
Complete any course at the 100 or 200 level

English Composition
ENG 120 - College Writing (4)

In this course, students acquire the writing competencies necessary for completing analytical and argumentative papers supported by secondary research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of critical reading, effective writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of an extended, documented research paper.


At least 4 credits from the following courses:

MATH 140 - Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (4)

This is the first course in algebra specifically designed for students who are enrolled in programs that DO NOT require College Algebra. The course will include traditional beginner algebra topics, including basic numeric/algebraic skills and reasoning, solving linear equations, systems and inequalities, basic functions, basics of graphing (including algebraic and statistical graphs), and some data literacy. The topics will be addressed in a contextualized format incorporating a pedagogy that promotes problem solving and critical thinking skills through collaborative work and technology tools.

MATH 150 - Fundamental Algebra (4)

This course will address the outcomes of introductory and intermediate algebra. Topics include: basic algebraic properties, integers, simplifying and factoring polynomials, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations in two variables, functions, rational expressions, quadratic and rational equations, absolute value, radicals, graphing systems of equations, and other selected topics. Applications will be emphasized, and numeric, algebraic, and graphical modes will be used.

MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)

This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics. Note, this course has proctored exam(s).

MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)

This course introduces you to statistics with applications to various areas. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: sampling techniques, data types, experiments; measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, graphical displays of data, basic probability concepts, binomial and normal probability distributions, sampling distributions and Central Limit Theorem; confidence intervals, hypothesis tests of a mean, or a proportion for one or two populations, and linear regression.

Related Bachelor's degrees will require MATH 215.

Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite to MATH 215. Course can count as a University Elective.


4 credits from the following types of courses:
Any Science course

Social and Behavioral Sciences

4 credits from the following types of courses:
Any Social and Behavioral Science course (Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology disciplines)

Technical Curriculum
Major Area Required
CJAD 210 - Intro to Criminal Justice Administration (4)

This is an introductory course designed to expose students to the various Major elements of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Students will learn about the ways in which the various systems interact, the processing of offenders, the various forms of punishment and the alternatives to punishment. The future of the criminal justice system will also be discussed.

PUAD 305 - Introduction to Public Administration (4)

Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students learn to think and act as ethical public administration professionals by developing a broad understanding of the political and organizational environment in which public administrators work and by applying fundamental analytical, decision- making, and communication skills. The professional knowledge and skills explored in the course provide a foundation for subsequent public administration courses.

OR MGMT 312 - Principles of Management (4)

This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.

SEMT 322 - Ethics & Leadership in Public Safety Agencies (4)

This course will study ethics and leadership theories in the context of public safety agencies. Consideration of leadership skills and traits in both the strategic and tactical settings will be considered. Ethics will be considered in terms of creating a culture of ethics within a public safety agency.

Major Elective

12 credits from the following subjects: CJAD, FIES, SEMT, PUAD

Or transfer related coursework, certificates, micro-credentials, certifications, credentials, licenses, or career and technical programs (PSMT).

University Electives

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Or transfer any college-level coursework, certificates, micro-credentials, certifications, credentials, licenses, or career and technical programs.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students completing an AAS degree are not required to meet the University algebra competency requirement. 

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Career Opportunities

Police Officer

Police Officers ensure public safety by preventing and detecting criminal activity that can adversely affect both people and property.

Our programs are designed to equip you with a broad spectrum of skills relevant to various careers. Eligibility requirements for the professions associated with our programs may vary by employer and location. Graduates may be required to meet additional criteria beyond successful degree completion for certain positions.


Correctional Officer

Correctional officers plan, develop and coordinate rehabilitative programs in order to prepare offenders for release from the justice system.

Our programs offer a range of skills for different careers. Specific job requirements vary by employer and location. Some positions may require additional qualifications beyond earning your degree.



Firefighters protect life and property by responding to situations that require aid or rescue as a result of fire, medical emergency or hazardous materials.  


Paramedics provide emergency medial services to sick and wounded people, delivering on the scene care and transporting the patient to nearby medical facility.

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