Emergency Service Administration

BAS - Emergency Service Administration

Degree Type: Bachelor Applied Science Degree, BAS

Pathway: Business, Technology and Public Service

More Options: Online

Program Length: 5 Semesters

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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. PPSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree will equip you to become a skilled and competent emergency response leader.

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?
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. 

PPSC'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
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Emergency Service Administration Classes You Might Take

Pikes Peak State College's Emergency Service Administration program sets you up for success in your career.
Emergency Service Administration

Introduces the fundamentals of emergency service administration. This course also examines the multidisciplinary roles and responsibilities of the emergency service administrator in terms of leading and participating in incident management including command, multi-agency coordinating, communicating, and establishing procedures.

Emergency Service Administration

Focuses on personnel management and human resources as it applies to emergency service agencies in accordance with local, state, and federal laws. Areas of concentration include personnel planning, staffing, supervision, discipline, labor relations, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, productivity, and compensation. Additionally, it provides training in employee motivation, performance evaluations, contract negotiations, and conducting exit interviews.

Emergency Service Administration

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.

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Program Learning Outcomes 

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

Upon completion of the Emergency Service Administration degree program, you should be able to:

  • Apply optimal use of systems and critical thinking in an emergency situation  
  • Apply the emergency management framework, principles, and body of knowledge to normal and crisis scenario situations  
  • Analyze the geographic configurations of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks in relation to their impact on sociocultural norms 
  • Assess evolving technologies, their relevant application to practice, and timely adoption 
  • Construct impact analysis for public policy 
  • Appraise optimal emergency management and leadership characteristics in varying emergency situations 
student studying

  • ESA 3000 - Leadership for Emergency Executives 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ESA 3005 - Crisis Communication & Public Relations 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ESA 3010 - Emergency Public Information & Media Training 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ESA 3015 - Elements of Emergency Service Administration 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ESA 3020 - Designing Safer Communities: Pre-incident Planning & Risk Analysis 4 Credit Hour(s)

  • ESA 3025 - Public Policy & Practical Applications in Emergency Services 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • MAT 1260 - Introduction to Statistics MA1 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • BUS 2017 - Business Communications & Report Writing 3 Credit Hour(s)

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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 minimum of 4,000 hours of field-related experience.