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Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
The Fire Science program at Anna Maria College develops the professionalism and knowledge needed to be successful in today's fire service. The core curriculum is taught by Fire Service Professionals, who bring the material to life. The curriculum has been approved by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) committee at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The curriculum also reflects National Fire Protection Association standards in an effort to address the challenging and dynamic aspects of public or private sector, fire service leadership, and administration.
In addition to College academic requirements, Fire Science majors must complete nine core courses, six upper-level fire science electives. Courses such as:
> Principles of Emergency Services
> Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
> Fire Behavior and CombustionFSSymbol
> Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
> Fire Protection Systems
> Building Construction for Fire Protection
> Applications for Fire Research
> Applied Emergency Service Statistics
> Fire Related Human Behavior
> Fire Investigation and Analysis
> Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
> Human Resources Management in the Emergency Services
> Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services
> Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
For More Information Contact:
Everett Pierce
Interim Program Director
(508) 849-3322
Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Anna Maria College Fire Science Program is to equip students with analytical, rhetorical, and conceptual knowledge, skills and abilities to lead the fire and emergency services and allied fire and life safety professions in a rapidly changing, fiscally conscious, and multi-cultural world.
Program Goals:
The goals for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program are for students to:
- Cultivate a critical understanding of the field of fire science through a balance of theory and practical application
- Develop the skills to lead, manage and collaborate with colleagues, subordinates, constituents and the communities they serve
- Gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the issues which face Fire Science professionals and local governments
- Assess the current and historical strategies, practices and policies that guide the modern fire and emergency services profession, particularly in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment
- Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and addressing the impact of fires and emergencies upon the most vulnerable and under-represented members of society
Why should I Join the AMC Fire Science program?

Nationally Recognized Excellence...

In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services hosted the second annual Fire Service Professional Development Summit where Superintendent of the National Fire Academy Dr. Denis Onieal presented a certificate of recognition to the representatives of AMC for their adoption of the nationally recognized Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum in fire science.

> The FESHE curriculum makes it easy for community college students with an Associate's Degree in Fire Science to transfer to AMC.
Contact our transfer student admissions team today to see how an AMC Fire Science degree can help you reach your career goals.

Experts in Theory and Practice...

Our full-time faculty draw upon years of professional experience, applied research and academic credentials to ensure students are prepared to identify, analyze and address the leading fire service challenges of our time. Fire Science Professor Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D has conducted extensive research and has published widely on the topic of firefighters arrested for setting fires. Asst. Chief (Ret.) John Moschella, Ed.D has published and presented work both here and abroad on E-Government among other topics.

Dedicated Practitioner-Instructors...

Our part-time faculty serve as local fire service leaders and national fire service experts regularly traveling nationally speaking on the most challenging topics of the day. For instance, Deputy Chief John Sullivan has regularly presented on the topic of preventing firefighter injuries and Chief Sheri Bemis has presented on the changing nature of Human Resources in the Fire Service, Chief Gary McCarraher has presented and lectured on adopting performances measures in the fire service and Chief Reggie Freeman has given keynote addresses on how Community Risk Reduction is changing the mission of the modern fire service. Long-time AMC Fire Science Professor Chief (Ret.) Jack Parow was the 2010 – 2011 President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, during which time he was regularly interviewed by major media outlets like CNN about the state of the fire service in light of the tough financial climate. He also served as the host for a number of international delegations, several receptions and awards ceremonies at FRI 2011.

Engaged and Committed Students...

Our on-ground fire science students are among the most active on campus. They regularly host and participate in social events, fire safety events and volunteering opportunities across campus and within the neighboring communities. In recent years a group of AMC Fire Science students traveled to Indianapolis to serve as volunteer staff for the Fire Department Instructors Conference, the largest annual fire service conference in the world. They also organized and ran a well-attended inaugural Emergency Services Symposium, which featured presentations and keynote addresses from Dr. Dennis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy and Chief Kelvin Cochran, Fire Chief of Atlanta and former U.S. Fire Administrator. As Ken Holland wrote in the NFPA Fire Service Blog:

I recently had the opportunity to attend a symposium at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts that focused on the future of EMS. The symposium was appropriately titled "2013 Emergency Services Symposium: The Future of Emergency Services". It was a wonderful, daylong event that not only brought various local EMS professionals together but also brought some prominent local and national EMS and fire service professionals together. ... I look forward to the 2014 symposium.

Part-Time, Fully Online, Options...

Many working fire service professionals cannot attend college fulltime due to their work schedule, family responsibilities and professional commitments. For those non-traditional students Anna Maria College also offers a Fire Science degree online for those who already have an Associate's Degree or 60 college level credits. This fully-online, non-residential, degree program is perfect for working fire service professionals looking for a well-respected and regionally accredited bachelor's degree on a schedule that works for you. Contact one of our distance learning admissions advisors today to learn more about how this degree can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes...

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program should be able to:> Comprehend and analyze a broad range of fire science concepts including: the history and lineage of the modern fire and emergency services; fundamental fire chemistry, fire behavior and fire dynamics; how the various types of fire protection systems are designed to meet differences in building construction, hazard type, environmental conditions and compartment configuration.

> Understand and use contemporary strategies and theories used to effectively manage and lead employees in various organizational settings and contexts.

> Understand and implement relevant human resources, civil rights, labor rights, and due process legislation that pertains to the management, hiring, firing, and promotion of employees.
> Use various technological, educational and legal approaches to preventing and mitigating fires.
> Comprehend how people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and abilities behave in fires, and various
approaches to mitigate the impact of these variations in behavior.
> Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice and civic responsibility
> Formulate, conduct and critique basic academic research on fire and emergency services topics.

> Accurately calculate hydraulic flow rates, static pressures, residual pressures, friction losses and pump capacities.
> Conduct a thorough and legally defensible fire investigation.

Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Services
New Fall 2014!
Be the new face of healthcare!
The major in Health and Community Services at AMC is designed to attract students interested in working in the health field in non-clinical roles. With the rapid changes in the delivery of healthcare, graduates from the BS in Health and Community Services will be able to work as an important member of a healthcare team to guide patients through a variety of complex systems such as in health plans, hospitals and ambulatory care organizations, health and human services, public health programs and medical offices.  
The course of study includes basic health science, illness prevention, utilization, monitoring of appropriate healthcare services, healthcare policy, communication, sensitivity, and health education. The BS in Health and Community Services will also provide students with an educational background to pursue graduate studies in health care management, public administration, and social service fields. Consistent with our mission, this major has a focus on social justice and educating the whole person.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Services will be able to:
> Relate the foundations of scientific knowledge including biological and life sciences to the concepts of health and illness
> Demonstrate effective navigation and advocacy skills that ensure medical and health needs are met to improve patient clinical outcomes, and access to care
> Demonstrate effective use of confident communication and sensitivity skills
> Demonstrate effective teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability skills
For more information, contact
Judith Kenary, BSN, MBA, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Fire and Health Sciences
Welcome to the Anna Maria College Nursing Program

The Anna Maria College's undergraduate Nursing Program leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing through two distinct nursing programs. The traditional four year program is for entry level nursing majors. The RN to BSN online completion program is for Diploma and Associate Degree educated nurses licensed in the United States.
In April 2014, the undergraduate Nursing Program received official notice of its continued accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Program accreditation, granted since 1989 for the college's RN to BSN completion program, was most recently extended to include the college's traditional, four-year BSN program that launched in 2011.
Mission Statement
The Nursing Program at Anna Maria College embodies the College's mission and the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne. By creating a supportive learning community for students from all backgrounds and beliefs, the Nursing Program develops professional nurses who have a strong foundation in the liberal arts, moral and ethical values, and who are clinically competent, and committed to the art and science of nursing. Based on the principles of social justice, the Nursing Program facilitates students' ability to care for themselves and others as they advocate and provide for wholeness and healing through service to humankind. Graduates of the baccalaureate programs are prepared as generalist providing evidenced based quality and safe care to individuals, families and groups, in diverse clinical environments.
The overall goal of the nursing administration and faculty is to provide high quality education that prepares students to practice safe, quality and compassionate professional nursing care as beginning practitioners and as lifelong learners.
Traditional ProgramNursingstudents
The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a four year program (8 semesters) for individuals with no prior education in nursing. Traditional students are admitted into the freshman class as nursing majors. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for Registered Nurses.
The full-time program of study incorporates the core curriculum of Anna Maria College with nursing curriculum, totaling 122 credits. The nursing curriculum is seamlessly designed to allow progression for the biological, behavioral and social sciences to nursing courses. All nursing courses must be successfully completed in sequence. Student clinical practice occurs in diverse Massachusetts health care settings and in the on campus nursing clinical lab.
RN to BSN Online Completion Program
This program is for U.S. licensed Registered Nurses. In recognizing the unique learning needs of working nurses with multiple responsibilities in an age of technological advancement, the RN to BSN completion program is offered exclusively online. The contemporary online curriculum is designed to give Diploma and Associate Degree Nurses the foundation for advancing their professional nursing practice while giving credit for existing education and clinical expertise.
Online courses are offered throughout the calendar year in 8 or 16 week units. Students can enroll in two nursing courses for an eight-week unit. Registered nurses can complete the program in as little as 18 months, but have up to five years to complete the program. Learn more about this online program.
Nursing education program outcomes are as follows:
  1. Apply nursing knowledge to demonstrate the core competencies of nursing practice in the care of culturally diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Utilize critical thinking, research, and the nursing process in the provision of holistic patient-centered care with a commitment to a life-long learning.
  3. Uphold civil, legal and ethical principles in the provision of socially responsible, safe and effective nursing care.
  4. Relate principles of leadership, collaboration and interdisciplinary care to health care within the communities and clinical systems.
  5. Use contemporary information and technology to communicate, facilitate and improve patient care.
Good Moral Character (GMC)
Students must be in compliance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing "Good Moral Character" Licensure requirement before sitting for the NCLEX-RN. The AMC nursing program is not responsible for alternate clinical placements for students who are refused clinical placement by an agency and/or have a reportable CORI offense. Specific information can be found on the MA BORN Good Moral Character Requirement for Licensure.
Clinical Practice Requirements
Each health care agency has requirements which the student must fulfill before they are allowed clinical placement. This list may include, but is not limited to, the following; physical exam, immunizations, agency specific orientation, CORI, and drug screening. Progression and clinical placements in the nursing program are contingent on meeting all agency requirements. If a student is denied placement by any clinical agency the nursing department is not responsible for providing alterate clinical placements.
Relevant Links
Program Approval
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: (617) 973-0900
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500,
Atlanta, GA 30326
Carol Gabriele, DNP, MA, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing Programs and Associate Professor
50 Sunset Lane, Box 18
(508) 849-3285
Paramedic Science Major

Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Science
Accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Anna Maria College's Paramedic Science program prepares students for professional certification and a career in the allied health arena or in the management of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  
Research shows that the demand for paramedics is growing and the education of paramedics is becoming more demanding and professional.  Currently, paramedics administer advanced medications, use sophisticated diagnostic technologies, and are accountable for collecting and charting patient data. Anna Maria College recognizes the growing demands being placed on these professionals and is one of only a few colleges to offer a bachelor degree program that prepares students for the challenges paramedics face in the field now and in the future.
The curriculum for the Paramedic Science program builds a solid foundation for students in natural sciences, including anatomy & physiology and chemistry.  Laboratory courses in paramedic science, plus clinical and field experiences, build practical skills and experience in real-life situations.  Students also learn compassion and respect for others and gain an understanding of public service.  Both a medical director and a program director oversee the program.
Students may enter as freshmen and, if they choose, earn the EMT-Basic certification early in the program. They then proceed with the paramedic courses. Transfer students, who have earned an Associate Degree in Paramedic Science from a regionally accredited college can complete a bachelor’s degree that builds on their education and experience. Upper level elective courses allow students to prepare for advanced study in allied health fields, or build expertise in the management of emergency medical services. The paramedic science program joins many other public safety and health-related programs at AMC.
Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine Program Mission
An academically rigorous, yet technically relevant educational experience for current and aspiring practitioners in emergency medical services to build knowledge, skill and ability to effectively service the sick, the injured, and their communities.  
Paramedic Science Program Goals
The goals for the Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine program are to:  
  • Provide a well-rounded liberal arts education for students seeking to serve in roles as emergency medical services
  • Provide access to the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary to successfully achieve national certification as a Paramedic
  • Expose students to a diverse set of circumstances where emergency medical care might be necessary
Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes
 Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine program will be able to:  
  • Effectively provide pre-hospital medical care at the Paramedic level including Cardiology, Pathopharmacology, Trauma care, Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Medical and EMS Operations
  • Provide high quality, ethical and appropriate service in a variety of environments 
  • Use statistics and data as a tool and as a driver of evidence-based medicine and protocols Compare and contrast international approaches to the delivery of pre-hospital health care

For more information, please contact:

Ted Flanagan

Director, Paramedic Science Program

Health Science Major

Bachelor of Arts in Health Science
Students who major in health science combine a broad science literacy, including emphasis on biology and chemistry, with knowledge of particular threats to human health from environmental, occupational, and life-style factors. This preparation builds understanding of the role in human health of communicable diseases, conditions of deprivation or excess, technological hazards, and societal stressors. The advanced student integrates this preparation with a study of individual and community strategies for protecting and enhancing human health.

In addition to College academic requirements, the health science major must complete eight required courses and four upper level (i.e., 300-400 level) electives. In addition, four electives are required from specific disciplines, namely human development, statistics, psychology and sociology.
Learning Outcomes for the Health Science Program
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science, students will have:
1. Acquired the basic science literacy needed for entry level work in health science or to prepare for graduate study
2. Learned to use investigative and analytical tools central to health research
3. Developed skills that allow for evaluation of the complex contexts that shape human health
4. The ability to apply values, ethics, and concepts of justice to human health concerns

Required Courses

BIO 103 General Biology I
BIO 112/113 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II

CHM 110/111 Environmental Chemistry I/II
BIO 332 Microbiology
BIO 402 Genetics
BIO 406 Epidemiology
BIO 408 Toxicology

3 upper level electives from the School of Fire and Health Sciences
1 elective in Human Development
1 elective in Statistics
1 elective in Psychology
1 elective in Sociology

Electives from other Divisions or from offerings within the Colleges of Worcester Consortium are acceptable with permission of the School of Fire and Health Sciences chair. Appropriate electives deal with topics such as human development, health and development in a social context, or particular problem areas in health such as drugs, sexuality, violence, or nutrition. Students may also take the Emergency Medical Technician course.

Students who anticipate graduate study in the health field are encouraged to add Calculus (one or two courses) and Physics with laboratory (one or two courses). Some particular graduate programs have other requirements and students should choose electives to meet those standards with the guidance of their faculty advisor.
Anna Maria College has a unique relationship with the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy in Hartford, CT. Anna Maria students who major in Health Science will be able to complete all the pre-requisite courses for the USJ School of Pharmacy in three years. Upon successful completion of the pre-requisites, AMC students meeting the USJ School of pharmacy application criteria will be automatically admitted into the Pharmacy program. After completing the first year of the pharmacy curriculum, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from AMC and then will return to USJ for their final two years of pharmacy education and subsequently graduate with a Pharm. D. Degree. This accelerated program allows students to obtain their Pharm. D. Degree in six years, whereas most pharmacy programs require eight years of study (four undergraduate and four in pharmacy).

For more information, please contact:

Susan Swedis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(508) 849-3442