The Department of Anthropology


*For Information on Tuition Reimbursement

Please contact:  Jackie Merveel

                                 FDNY College Registrar at Fort Totten Buiding  405     

                                (718) 281-8465

This information can also be found on the Department Homepage



RE:   Randall and Totten Island Students: Application Policies

Dear John Jay FDNY Students:

It is with honor and exhilaration that I have begun my journey with our academic programs at Randall’s Island and Fort Totten.  As new Chair of the Security, Fire and Emergency Management department, I look forward to a long and continuous association with you and the many agencies and entities you represent. Please consider this an open invitation to visit with us at John Jay and to feel free to contact me with concerns or issues.

Please note we shall continue our reliance on Chief Ronnie Spadafora who is our point person at these campuses.  All of you know how the Chief is central to our success at these locations.  Our full time presence at Fort Totten will be Professor Victor Herbert has graciously agreed to serve your needs as Advisor and to provide you with assistance whenever you need. Rely upon Professor Herbert for the in’s and out’s of registration and degree requirements. Since he shall be teaching at Fort Totten, he will be regularly available to you.

Within this packet are the various documents and guidelines needed for a successful program of study.  Let me outline the various steps in your journey at John Jay.

1.       Completed Application and Acceptance:  Before we can involve ourselves, please complete the necessary Admission processes to assure acceptance into our program.   Go to “Apply as a Public Service Employee” on the John Jay homepage  or by going to

SEALED Transcripts should be sent to the attention of the ADMISSIONS OFFICE at John Jay College, 445 W 59th Street, Room 1280  New York, NY  10019


2.     Waiver of General Education Requirements


The College provides a waiver of certain general education requirements if proof of completion be provided from the New York City Police Academy, the New York City Firefighters’ Academy and the New York City Department of Corrections. However, those credits will be waived only if the student has at least 28 credits from an accredited institution in the following disciplines:



English Composition



Foreign Language



Fine Arts



Social Science


3.      Choosing General Education Courses:   What you have to take as to general education requirements will vary depending on your background, amount of credits earned and a host of other variables.   Generally, FDNY students are given a generous exemption from certain general education requirements.  Read Form A (NYC Corrections, Firefighter, and Police Academy general Education Exemption Application) and then fill out accordingly to track your degree progress as to general education.


4.      Life Experience Credit:  Credit for life experience also counts in your pursuit of the BA/BS degree in Fire Science or Fire and Emergency Services.  FDNY Academy credits are automatically granted in accordance with long time university policy. 


Academy graduates will receive credits as follows:


FDNY:  10 credits

NYPD:  29 credits

NYCA:   18 credits (after September 1995)


5.      Other Life Experience Credits:  Other options exist for credit approval as well, especially if you have taken advanced courses at the FDNY, the Emergency Management Institute, the National Fire Academy and the National Emergency Training Institute.   To see whether you have had courses from these agencies already approved for college credit, visit the American Council on Education at:

In addition, the State University of New York has evaluated a host of other programs for college credit equivalency through its college credit service.  See:

The American Council also tracks credit for military training at:

Note:  In no instance shall more than 30 credit hours be awarded for life experience credit. 


At our department web location, you can also find the specific courses that will transfer to John Jay if you have had the training.   See:


Guidelines and instructions for how to receive a transcript which confirms your training are fully available at:




Decisions regarding the suitability and acceptability of said credits are the judgment of the Office of the Registrar and Admissions.   While the department will do all in its power to see that credits work towards a degree program of study, it cannot guarantee a specific amount of credit that will be deemed worthy of acceptance.

For information regarding TUITION REIMBURSEMENT contact Jackie Merveel FDNY College Registrar at Fort Totten Building 405, Queens or call 718.281.8465

Your immunization records are very important (NYS law says you cannot register without them).   You can contact the FDNY health office at 718-999-1919.  Send the completed immunization records to the John Jay Health office.  Their fax number is  212-237-8026.  If you have any problems regarding your immunization records, please contact the HEALTH OFFICE at 212-237-8052

John Jay looks forward to being the FDNY’s university of choice. 

With best regards,


Charles P. Nemeth JD, PhD, LL.M

Chair and Professor

Security, Fire and Emergency Management

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

445 West 59th Street, Room 3521N

New York, NY 10019


















Chuck Nemeth, Chairperson
445 West 59th Street, Room 3521N, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.237.8756, Email: