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04/01/2020 - 4:43pm
December 12, 2019
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Thomas Nelson’s Fire Science degree program has been rated one of the best in the country by the website

“It is an honor for our program, and more specifically our students and faculty, to be selected by as one of the best Fire Science degree programs in the Southeast,” said Paul Long, interim dean of Health Professions at the College and head of the Fire and EMS education department. reviewed only programs with regional accreditation. In total, 88 universities and colleges were assessed, and 429 education programs were compared. Thomas Nelson was voted best in the Southeast, and 13th overall.

“Our students, faculty and staff have continued to work tirelessly to build the Fire and EMS education department and its suite of programs to meet the needs of our constituents and communities of interest,” Long said. “We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do and we will continue to meet our students where they are in their educational pursuits and their life.”

Each program was evaluated on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. The rankings were calculated through a scoring system that included student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations.

“The fire side of programming has continued to revitalize existing programs, build new programs and receive national designations,” said Long, noting that in 2018, the College received a certificate of national recognition from the National Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program. “We continue to expand current and build new collaborative partnerships to expand our delivery, reach and impact on Virginia’s fire service community.”  

For more information on the Fire Science program at Thomas Nelson, go to, based in Seattle, is a free, privately-supported website that is editorially independent. It provides information on a wide range of issues concerning education. The site does not accept advertising, relying on private funding instead.