Emergency Services Technology

Allied Health & Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative

In the emergency services professions, masterful skills and attention to detail are essential elements that lead to successful outcomes.

NCC's Emergency Services Technology program provides the education and training you will need to safely and effectively perform the difficult and dangerous duties of saving lives and property. The increasing demand for emergency responders is being driven by the escalating needs of the various communities being served.  NCC's Emergency Services Degree is intended to prepare responders to meet those needs.  This revised degree contains three concept electives that will allow students to choose between fire, emergency medical, or security technologies. In essence, specific discipline focus based on individual interest is determined by the student. 

The program takes into account the logistical challenges of incumbent responders seeking to enhance their skills while additionally meeting the needs of recent high school graduates who are interested in the emergency services.  The various experience levels of students in the same class provides for a unique dimension to learning. A number of courses are offered in distance learning formats to accommodate student scheduling challenges. Introduction of eight week long semesters will also allow students the ability to manage their time commitments.   

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 or distance learning 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 Emergency 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
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 103 Applications in Mathematics 3
------------ General Education Elective 3
EMGS 118 Introduction to Crime Scene Identification, Preservation, and Investigation 3
EMGS 120 Emergency Services Health and Safety 3
15
Second Semester
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 151R English II (Report Writing) 3
EMGS___ Concept Electives + 6
15
Third Semester
SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology 3
--------- Free Elective 3
EMGS 218 Incident Command and Management 3
EMGS 231 Law for Emergency Services 3
EMGS 256 First Responder Stress Awareness and Management 3
EMGS___ Concept Elective + 3
18
Fourth Semester
------------ General Education Elective (WI) 3
EMGS 122 Emergency Action Planning 3
EMGS 201 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 3
EMGS 207 Technology Applications for Emergency Services 3
EMGS___ Concept Elective + 3
15
Total Credits 63


+
 Concept Electives should be completed based on area of focus.

Fire Technology EMS Technology Security Technology
Second Semester EMGS 104 Essentials of Firefighting & Emergency Response(4)
EMGS 105 Essentials of Interior Firefighting & Emergency Response(2)
EMGS 115 Emergency Medical Technician, Basic(6) EMGS 119 Fundamentals of Homeland Security(3)
EMGS 160 Introduction to Security (3)
Third Semester EMGS 151 Fire Prevention(3) EMGS 208 Operational Risk Management for EMS(3) EMGS235 Security Management(3)
Fourth Semester EMGS 109 Basic Vehicle Rescue(3) EMGS 220 Methods of EMS Tactical Response(3) EMGS 218 Incident Command and Management(3)
  • 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 Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT).
  • 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

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