Emergency Services Administration

Allied Health & Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Whether an emergency is the result of a natural disaster or man-made, governments, schools, hospitals and industry need to be able to respond effectively. Emergency Services administrators are the managers who are charged with meeting this important challenge by providing fire, police, emergency medical services and more. Northampton's associate's degree is open to all qualified applicants. If you are an experienced first responder interested in advancing your career, this program could be an excellent option for you. Individuals employed in the private sector as safety officers or security professionals can also develop and strengthen their capabilities and effectiveness by completing this program.

Northampton's graduates are employed in positions with job titles such as emergency management coordinator, deputy or assistant emergency management coordinator, public safety director, emergency operations director, fire fighter, emergency medical technician, law enforcement official, safety professional or security coordinator.

Program Features

Our program and course content has been developed to be congruent with concepts established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and local emergency planning committees. Courses emphasize an interoperable approach to the total cycle of emergency management. We develop your administrative skills, including accounting and human resources management, so that you can function at an operational level within an emergency response organization or agency. Required General Education courses round out your training so that you are equipped to communicate well with diverse staff and the community.

Program Requirements

The Emergency Services Administration degree contains provisions for a free elective of three credits in addition to the General Education electives. This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full-time or part-time basis.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of administrative principles as they relate to accounting/finance and management.
  • Apply emergency service and public safety skills as they relate to agency/organization operations.
  • Acquire and demonstrate strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Acquire and practice an understanding of ethics and legal responsibility as they pertain to the gravity of emergency response and public safety.
  • Work effectively in both individual and team environments.
  • Design and implement a cohesive administrative strategy, effectively combining all elements of successful business practice.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving techniques relevant to emergency situations.

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Emergency Services Administration

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
EMGS 120 Emergency Services Health and Safety 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 150 Introduction to Statistics 3
Second Semester
EMGS 122 Emergency Action Planning 3
EMGS 231 Law for Emergency Services 3
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing) 3
------------- General Education Elective (AH) 3
------------- General Education Elective (SSHB) 3
Third Semester
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting I 3
BUSA 226 Human Resource Management 3
EMGS 217 Public Information and Relations 3
EMGS 221 Emergency Service Management 3
POLS 251 State and Local Government (SIT) 3
Fourth Semester
BUSA 152 Business Law 3
EMGS 216 Emergency Fiscal Administration 3
EMGS 218 Incident Command and Management 3
EMGS 219 Regulatory Compliance 3
------------ Elective 3
Total Credits 60
  • 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) and Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One General Education Elective must be taken in a Writing Intensive (WI) section, and one should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).

Career Potential: Emergency Management Coordinators, Fire Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Emergency Medical Supervisor, Safety and Security Director, Corrections Officer, Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Response Manager