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Columbia Southern University

About Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

CSU provides student-centered support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly-trained faculty and staff create innovative educational programs that incorporate the latest instructional technology with challenging curriculums. CSU focuses on affordable, quality online instruction with a general education core that promotes lifelong learning and success.

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Fire Science - Online

As the recognized leader in online fire education and one of the most reputable fire professional development programs in the nation, Columbia Southern University offers an online Associate of Science in fire science. CSU’s fire science program incorporates a comprehensive, relevant curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection that provides graduates with the knowledge needed to become a firefighter.

The program also provides current firefighters with the education needed to broaden their career paths. This degree program is recognized through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative, a network of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

Emergency Medical Services - Online

Columbia Southern University’s online A.S. in emergency medical services is fitting for new or seasoned professionals who are looking to advance their knowledge of the foundational aspects of working in EMS. This program integrates an academic groundwork in paramedicine. Students will assess effective clinical skills utilized in EMS organizations, evaluate effective EMS operational practices and analyze legal issues surrounding the EMS industry.

Individuals who wish to apply for this program must possess a current paramedic certification.


Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).


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