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Columbia Southern University

8 Programs
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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.

Federal Student Aid Available to Those Who Qualify

Available Programs

  • Business - Online
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Columbia Southern University’s online Associate of Science in business prepares graduates for entry-level business management positions and expands the knowledge and skills of individuals who are currently employed. Students will learn to apply practical and foundational managerial concepts that will prepare them for advanced business studies.

  • Occupational Safety & Health - Online
    Education and Human Services

    Safety has been at the core of CSU’s academic focus since the very beginning. Established in 1993, CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs have set the foundation for safety education. Recognized as an industry leader, Columbia Southern University’s online Associate of Science in occupational safety and health is taught by experts in the safety field, many of whom are involved in advancing the industry on a national scale. This degree program reflects the relevant curriculum and instruction needed to explore a number of safety careers including health and safety manager, safety consultant, safety specialist and more.

  • Criminal Justice - Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    Columbia Southern University’s online A.S. in criminal justice degree program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in local, state and federal criminal justice programs. This study provides students with a working comprehension of constitutional and criminal law in contract to the judicial process, providing graduates with the theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills and practices of criminal justice operations.

  • Fire Science - Online
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    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
    Legal, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services

    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.

  • General Studies - Online
    Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Literature

    Suitable for any occupation, Columbia Southern University's Associate of Arts in general studies provides students with a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences that can be transferred to professional environments and advanced degree programs. The curriculum provides students with key skills needed in today’s workplace, including critical thinking, effective communication, problem-solving, research interpretation and more.

    * Note: This program is not eligible for Federal Student Aid.

  • Health Information Science, Medical Coding Emphasis - Online
    Medical Administration

    Columbia Southern University’s online Associate of Science in health information science prepares students to become skilled health care paraprofessionals who manage sensitive health care information in a digital environment. Students who are pursuing a career in medical billing and coding with their degree benefit from choosing a track with medical coding emphasis. This track focuses on the latest material related to medical coding, medical chart auditing and insurance reimbursement.

  • Health Information Science - Online
    Medical Administration

    Columbia Southern University’s online A.S. in health information science prepares students to become skilled health care paraprofessionals who manage sensitive health care information in a digital environment.

Accreditation

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