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Why Emergency Service Administration?

Whether responding to a terrorist event, a natural disaster, or a public-health emergency, competent leadership and skilled emergency administration expertise is critical to ensuring the preservation of life and property. PPCC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree will equip you to become a skilled and competent emergency response leader.

BAS Degree Employment Disclosure Statement
After completing their Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Emergency Service Administration, students may be required to meet background check, physical requirements, and other pre-employment standards or testing by potential employers.

Is Emergency Service Administration right for you?

You might consider Emergency Service Administration if you identify with some of the following:

  • Do you thrive under pressure and want to work in high stakes environments?
  • Are you compelled to serve as an emergency manager in the public or private sectors?
  • Want to gain the knowledge to prepare for and prevent public emergencies?
  • Committed to helping your community during its most troubled times?

What you will study

PPCC's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Emergency Service Administration will prepare a new generation of leaders in the field of emergency service - in both governmental agencies and the private sector - to prevent, prepare, and respond to crises and emergency situations. Students will also:

  • Enhance community resiliency and preparedness
  • Develop proactive strategic plans for disaster prevention
  • Manage multi-agency collaboration and coordination
  • Understand advanced operations management
  • Public and digital communication & tools

Example classes I might take

Provides training on communicating emergency public information. This course covers communication technologies, relationships among methods of delivery, effective skills of an effective PIO, and effective communication tools for given situations and audiences. Additionally, it provides training on effective oral and written communication, designing and executing a media plan, and developing a public awareness campaign for an emergency event.
Focuses on the psychological and physiological responses to disasters, intervention strategies and mental health care for disaster victims and first responders. This course covers the functions of health systems and public health laws. It also covers global issues that have the potential to become crises and discusses the future of emergency service response.
Introduces the theoretical and practical aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism. This course examines the evolution, classifications, targets, and effects associated with terrorism and discusses the necessary tools to conduct terrorism threat assessments. Additionally, it covers the challenges facing the US government agencies responsible for addressing terrorism and providing homeland security. Both local and international terrorism will be addressed including action taken by systems to control, prevent and mitigate terrorism.
Focuses on the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for planning and responding to emergencies. This course addresses topics associated with emergency planning including elements of the plan and multi-agency involvement. It discusses the templates and models used to develop action and operation plans. Additionally, it provides training in utilizing the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System to deploy effective emergency planning and response.

Entry requirements and application

Prior to entering the BAS ESA program, students must have completed an associate degree with a minimum of 60 credits in a field-related degree or a different associate degree combined with showing evidence of a mininum of 4,000 hours of field-related experience.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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Teresa Ward

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Teresa Ward

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