Program Overview

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Safety is designed TEEX Certified safety and health officials who aspire to earn their associate’s degree. In addition to core courses, enrolled students are required to complete general education coursework and SAFE courses. General education courses provide students with a well-rounded education and add to the breadth of their acquired knowledge. While enrolled in SAFE courses, participants will gain an understanding of supervision, management, technology, and more. These courses develop professional skills and compliment the core courses. The program format is designed for students who may already maintain employment. Courses may be taken online for students who wish to earn their degree while keeping their current positions.

Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to be employed as safety specialists. Safety specialists work to ensure the safety and health in the workplace and the environment. Individuals who work in this occupation often work in the field. Environments that graduates may frequently work in may include offices, factories, mines, industrial sites, or other settings. Duties that these workers may perform include risk assessment, hazard control, and fire protection and prevention within work environments. Graduates should understand how to analyze work environments and their procedures in order to identify and assess possible risks to employers and the environment.

The AAS Degree in Occupational Safety requires students to complete 65-69 total credit hours in order to earn the degree. These professionals should be able to create, implement, and analyze programs that respond to injury, disease, and environmental damage. Those who work in this field are often an asset to businesses, work environments, the environment, workers, and communities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    San Juan College was founded in 1956 as the Farmington Branch of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, in accordance with statutes of the State of New Mexico. In 1958, the name was changed from Farmington Branch to San Juan Branch, NMSU. This name better indicated the area served by the branch. The school became San Juan College in 1982.

    San Juan College offers associate's degrees and certificates from the following schools:

    • School of Business
    • School of Energy
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Humanities
    • School of Science, Math and Engineering
    • School of Trades and Technology

    Several degrees and certificates are available in fully online formats through the distance learning program.


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