Emergency Services Technology (EMT)

Business & Technology
Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative
In the emergency services professions, masterful skills and attention to detail aren't just job assets: they save lives.

NCC's Emergency Services Technology program trains you to carry out safely and effectively the difficult and dangerous duties of saving lives and property. The program is primarily designed for recent high school graduates who are interested in emergency services, and those who are already serving with an Emergency Response agency and want to enhance their skills.

Please Note: Students are required to supply their own NFPA compliant turn-out-gear and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Program Features
A number of program electives are available to allow you to select and focus on your area of personal interest. You will learn the professional techniques you need to meet the challenges in your specific area. In addition, you will take courses in general education to help give you a broader understanding of the type of work for which you are preparing. To help students and graduates stay up-to-date, we will announce through the program special "brush-up" and recertification seminars in EMT, CPR, and other related offerings.

Enrollment in the EMT program is limited and priority will be given to students who are affiliated with a state-recognized Emergency Services program.

You can enter this program any given semester and can complete it within four years by attending evening classes on a part-time basis.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply interoperable emergency response and decision making skills to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate functionality as it relates to emergency response information technology.
  • Function within nationally recognized guidelines and/or standards as an interoperable emergency first responder.
  • Apply emergency service and public safety skills as they relate to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery operations.
  • Develop an interoperable management approach in the various segments of emergency services, Public Safety (Fire/Emergency Medical), and the Private Sector (Industry).
  • Discuss ethical, moral, and legal issues associated with emergency response environments and be able to apply these concepts within the context of expected behavior.

Emergency Services Specialist
Specialized Diplomas conferred

Program Narrative
The demand for well-trained people in the emergency services field is ongoing and the employment outlook is very good. NCC's Emergency Services Specialist diploma program was created to respond to the workforce needs of our region and is unique in Northampton County.

The program provides an opportunity for anyone wanting to enter or advance quickly in this challenging career field. The program is an excellent option for people currently employed as emergency service personnel who want additional training and education for professional advancement or for personal growth in the profession.

Please Note: Students are required to supply their own NFPA compliant turn-out-gear and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Program Features
If you are interested in a fast-track option, our Emergency Services Specialist program provides an alternative level of achievement in a shorter period of time compared to our associate's degree program. The curriculum includes five required courses (16 credits) and nine credits of EMGS elective courses allowing you to tailor the program to your individual goals and interests. Electives include firefighting courses, rescue courses, Emergency Medical Technician courses, and management courses.

After you've completed the specialized diploma, you may choose to continue your studies. In this case, you can apply all of your specialized diploma courses toward an associate degree program or transfer your credits to another institution. All of the courses in the specialized diploma curriculum are offered as part of the current degree program.

The program can be completed on a part-time schedule.

View Gainful Employment information on the Emeregency Services Specialist specialized diploma.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply interoperable emergency response and decision making skills to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate functionality as it relates to emergency response information technology.
  • Function within nationally recognized guidelines and/or standards as an interoperable emergency first responder.
  • Apply emergency service and public safety skills as they relate to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery operations.
  • Develop an interoperable management approach in the various segments of emergency services, Public Safety (Fire/Emergency Medical), and the Private Sector (Industry).
  • Discuss ethical, moral, and legal issues associated with emergency response environments and be able to apply these concepts within the context of expected behavior.

Emergency Services Technology,
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
EMGS 104 Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response
4
EMGS___ Program Elective +
3
ENGL 101C English I
3
MATH 103 Applications in Mathematics
3
------------ General Education Elective
3
16
Second Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
EMGS 151 Fire Prevention
3
EMGS___ Program Elective +
3
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing)
3
------------ General Education Elective
3
15
Third Semester
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers
3
EMGS 221 Emergency Service Management
3
EMGS 231 Emergency Service Law
3
------------ General Education Elective
3
------------ Elective
3
15
Fourth Semester
EMGS 201 Hazardous Materials
3
EMGS___ Program Electives +
9
------------ General Education Elective
3
15
Total Credits
61


+
Program electives are restricted to courses with an EMGS prefix.

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in each of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB); Science (SCI) - PHYS 152 is recommended.
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • One General Education Elective must be taken in a Writing Intensive (WI) section.

Emergency Services Technology
Emergency Services Specialist,
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EMGS 104 Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response
4
EMGS 151 Fire Prevention
3
EMGS 221 Emergency Services Management
3
EMGS 231 Emergency Services Law
3
EMGS 201 Hazardous Materials
3
EMGS___ Program Electives +
9
Total Credits
25


+ Program electives are restricted to courses with an EMGS prefix.

Emergency Services Technology
Emergency Medical Technician,

Specialized Diploma
Allied Health and Sciences

Course Code Course Title
Credits
EMGS 115 Emergency Medical Technician
6
Total Credits
6


Career Potential:
Emergency Services Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter

NCC students have transferred to: Holy Family College, Franklin University

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