Program Overview

Keeping employees safe and removing unsafe materials from a business location is one of the biggest concerns for employers, as any injury may be a financial liability on the company and failure to properly dispose of unsafe materials may result in massive penalties from the government. Trained professionals are responsible for designing buildings and safety systems to keep employees safe; others are trained in disposal management and proper procedures for disposal. For any sort of production, disposal is required for waste products. 

Columbia Southern University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Safety & Health degree for those seeking growth as professionals and as students. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Safety & Health program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

Students seeking an education in Occupational Safety & Health will experience a curriculum relating to industrial ergonomics, environmental, health, safety management, fire administration and fire safety, waste management, hazardous waste management, among much, much more. The program is an introductory education into Safety & Health systems, as well as a general education curriculum to meet the course requirements for further educational programs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    High school diploma or equivalent.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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