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Emergency Services Management Associate Degrees

Northampton Community College's Emergency Services program provide graduates with the chance to make a positive impact on their community. With four different associate degree options available, you can specialize in the area that best suits your interests. Each program takes only two years to complete and are offered at our Bethlehem Campus as well as online.

Earning an emergency response degree will train you to respond to a natural disaster, public health threat, or other emergency situation. Emergency Services and the quality of care provided at the scene of an accident or disaster has seen tremendous change in the past several decades. Advancements in technologies and medicine have dramatically improved how first responders can help critically ill or injured patients in the pre-hospital setting. As a result of these changes, earning a degree is more important than ever. Northampton professors teach students how to become safe and successful first responders.

Emergency Services Administration Curriculum

Whether you are training to become a firefighter, an EMT, or an emergency services administration professional, NCC's learning environment is tailored to fit your career path. Our classes feature a low student-to-instructor ratio, which allows you to learn directly from our experienced faculty. Our Bethlehem campus also features on-campus housing, allowing Emergency Services students more convenient access to our programs. Part of effectively responding in an emergency is learning how to work as a team. Living on-campus promotes a sense of camaraderie with fellow students to prepare you for the relationships you'll develop in your profession.

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Degree Options

 Emergencies take form in all areas of life and require well-trained professionals from a variety of backgrounds. To ensure public safety, Northampton Community College offers four distinct emergency service training programs:

  • Emergency Services Technology A.A.S. Degree: This two-year associate program lets you specialize in the field of your choice such as firefighting, search and rescue, EMT and training. Core courses cover basic emergency response and decision making, while electives cover more in-depth topics.

  • Emergency Services Specialist Diploma: As a one-year program, the emergency services specialist diploma is a concentrated version of the A.A.S. degree, allowing you to enter the job market at a faster rate. Similar to the associate program, the specialist diploma lets you choose electives based on your professional interests to pursue roles as an EMT, firefighter, or other front-line emergency responder role. You can also further your studies at the associate or bachelor level.

  • Emergency Services Administration A.A.S. Degree: The two-year emergency services administration associate program prepares you for a variety of emergency administration and planning roles. It's an ideal degree if you're an established first responder looking to advance your career or if you're dedicated to ensuring public safety. The program teaches you necessary skills to coordinate response efforts in a natural or human-made emergency. Since it's typical for multiple agencies to work together, communicate goals, and deploy resources with efficiency, you will be prepared with well-rounded training.

  • Emergency Medical Technician Specialist Diploma: This specialized, one-year program includes our 6-credit EMT course. After finishing this specialization, students may apply their courses towards an associate degree. 

Careers in Emergency Services Administration

Trained emergency specialists are always in high-demand across the country. Our Emergency Services programs give students a range of career paths to follow. Some of these careers include:

Emergency Services Career Paths

  • Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Fire Officer
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Emergency Medical Supervisor
  • Safety and Security Director
  • Corrections Officer
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Emergency Response Manager
  • Emergency Services Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter

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