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Distance Learning on the Intranet

The Office of Fire and Life Safety contacted a number of colleges with distance learning and on-line degree programs. Distance learning enables FDNY personnel to enroll in credit bearing college courses around the clock. Access requires a personal computer linked to the internet and E-mail. Distance learning primarily serves adult students who want to advance their careers, prepare for a new career or enroll in a degree program for personal reasons. Even though distance learning currently cannot deliver some of the "hand on" learning activities required by FDNY personnel courses can enable disciplined and self-motivated students to garner the didactic and theoretical components.

FDNY distance learning Intranet Information page contains links to colleges eager to work with our 16,000 uniform and civilian employees to further their educational and professional opportunities. Employees can earn an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's or Doctoral Degree on-line in the comfort of their own home.

The education institution you choose to attend must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education has two accrediting standards-one is regionally and the other is nationally. If you attend a school with a nationally accredited status, you may not be able to transfer your credits to a school with a regionally accredited status.

However, the Fire Department will accept credits and degrees from both these two accrediting bodies.

Peruse the colleges listed here and investigate their distance learning capability. In time, others will be added. Further details about these institutions can be obtained from Jacqueline B. Merveil, FDNY Registrar, at (718) 281-8465.

Adelphi University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix Online

Columbia Southern University*

Monroe College

St. Joseph’s College

SUNY Empire State College


Skidmore College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


SUNY Ulster County Community College

Excelsior College

NYU Poly

Thomas Edison State College

Herkimer County Community

Penn State University

University of Florida

Jacksonville State University

Philip Beth Israel School of Nursing*


*Both Columbia Southern University and Philip Beth Israel School of Nursing are Nationally Accredited Institutions. All other institutions are Regionally Accredited.


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