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As a dispatcher, firefighter paramedic, emergency medical technician or a police, correctional or security officer, you can be on the front line saving lives and helping people in critical situations. If you like challenges and are eager to help people, a career in public safety may be perfect for you. Palm Beach State College offers quality, comprehensive training in many areas of public safety including our newest program – crime scene technology. Our programs lead to certificates or associate in science degrees, and our classes are taught by some of the best in the fields.

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  • Public Safety

    Your Pathway to Success

  • In an emergency be the one whomakes a difference!

  • s an emergency manager, a firefighter,

    paramedic, emergency medical technician

    or a police, correctional or security officer, you

    can be on the front line saving lives and helping

    people in critical situations.

    If you like challenges and are eager to help

    people, a career in public safety may be perfect

    for you. Palm Beach State College offers high

    quality, comprehensive training leading to

    certificates or degrees. You will learn from

    first-rate instructors and some of the top

    professionals in the field.

    Bachelor of Applied Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Paramedic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) . . . . . . . . 6

    Firefighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Fire Science Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Fire Science Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Criminal Justice Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    Criminal Justice Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Crime Scene Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Continuing Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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  • 3Bachelor of Applied ScienceSupervision and Management - Public Safety Managementwww.palmbeachstate.edu/Bachelor.xml (561) 868-4105The B.A.S. in Supervision and Management, with a concentration in Public Safety,will teach you in-demand skills that employers desire. Gain workforce knowledgeand skill sets in finance, legal and ethical issues, management informationsystems, leadership, human resources and organizational decision making.

    The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is primarily designed for students withassociate degrees to earn a bachelors degree.

    Earn your Bachelors degree at Palm Beach State!

  • 4Emergency ManagementCollege Credit Certificatewww.palmbeachstate.edu/EmergencyManagement.xml (561) 868-3773This online, 8-course Emergency Management certificate program will prepareyou to enter this emerging field. Emergency managers coordinate disasterresponse or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparednesstraining, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural disasters(e.g. hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological incidents(e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies, hazardous materials spills) or hostagesituations. Use your certificate to obtain an exciting, rewarding job in thisfield or to gain additional skills for your current position. The programprovides you with many national certifications from the Federal EmergencyManagement Administration (FEMA). Credits in this program may also beapplied towards the Fire Science A.S. degree.

  • 5Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (EMT-B)Applied Technology Diplomawww.palmbeachstate.edu/EMS.xml(561) 868-3911Chances are you have passed an EMT-Basic on theroad. They often drive ambulances, but thats not allthey do. Basic EMTs are an important link in the life-saving chain, providing basic emergency care such asstabilizing patients, controlling bleeding and givingoxygen. Palm Beach State Colleges one semester,limited access program prepares you for this greatcareer. We offer convenient day and evening hours.When you finish, youll be eligible to take the statetest to become certified. The 11 credits you earn inthe EMT program can be applied toward an A.S.degree in Emergency Medical Services. This programis a prerequisite to the Paramedic program.

    ParamedicCollege Credit Certificatewww.palmbeachstate.edu/EMS.xml(561) 868-3911Paramedics are trained to provide advanced lifesupport procedures such as performing intubationsand providing defibrillation to cardiac arrest victims.Our intensive 12-month program includes clinicalexperiences in area hospitals and on emergencyresponse units where you care for patients inemergency settings. You must meet certain criteria tobe placed in the selection pool, including completionof the EMT-Basic program. This is a limited accessprogram. Upon successful completion of theprogram, you will be eligible to test for FloridaParamedic Certification. The 42 credits you earn inthe Paramedic program can be applied toward anA.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services.

  • 6Emergency MedicalServices (EMS)Associate in Science degreewww.palmbeachstate.edu/EMS.xml(561) 868-3911If you want to advance in the paramedic field,consider the Emergency Medical Services A.S.degree. This program offers additional knowledge,beyond the Paramedic certificate, in education,management and technology. The credits you earnin the EMT-Basic and paramedic programs will applytoward your A.S. degree. Our faculty is one of thefinest with nationally recognized leaders inmanagement, education, EMS and fire rescueservices. Paramedics with an A.S. degree are indemand for educational and supervisory positions.Professional positions requiring this degree offerhigher annual salaries. With an A.S. degree you alsomay receive additional pay from the state as aneducational incentive.

  • 7Firefighter Post Secondary Adult Vocational

    (561) 868-3911The Firefighter program gives you top-notchinstruction and training to fight any blaze, whetherits a small kitchen accident or a 200-acre brush fire.You also learn safety techniques, operation of firealarms, operation of vehicles, apparatus andequipment and first responder medical techniques.You must meet certain criteria to be placed into theselection pool for this three-month program, whichincludes passing the physical ability test and scoring70 percent on the National Firefighter SelectionInventory Test. This also is a limited access program,which means you are selected using a point systembased on work experience and Palm Beach StateEMS completion. After completing the program, youwill be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam.

    Fire Science CertificatesPost Secondary Adult Vocational

    (561) 868-3911Palm Beach State also offers post secondary adultvocational (PSAV) certificates in several fire sciencedisciplines for those already working in the firescience field and familiar with terminology andpractices:

    Fire Apparatus Operator

    Fire Instructor

    Fire Officer 1

    Fire Inspector 1 and Fire Investigator 1 certificatesare offered for those without fire scienceexperience.

    Fire Science TechnologyAssociate in Science degree

    (561) 868-3911An Associate in Science degree in Fire ScienceTechnology can help advance your fire career. Withan A.S. degree, the state offers additional pay as aneducational incentive. Fire Science Technology is a60-credit hour program. Many of the courses areavailable online.

  • 8www.palmbeachstate.edu/Fire.xml

    Online classes coming soon!Find out more about these fire programs at

  • 9Criminal Justice InstitutePost Secondary Adult Vocationalwww.palmbeachstate.edu/CriminalJustice.xml (561) 868-3911Palm Beach State Colleges comprehensive CriminalJustice Institute provides training for those whowant to become a police officer or correctionsofficer or cross over from one to the other. TheCriminal Justice Institute includes:

    Basic Police RecruitThis is a 23-week academy that prepares you forentry-level law enforcement work in Florida. Some ofthe admission requirements include a minimum ageof 19, a high school diploma or equivalent, successfulcompletion of the BAT (Basic Abilities Test) for lawenforcement, a physical examination, physical agilitytest, background check, polygraph examination anda psychological examination. Official high schooltranscripts (and college transcripts, if applicable) are required prior to admission into the academy.

    Basic Corrections RecruitThis 15-week academy prepares you to work as anentry-level corrections officer in Florida. Some of theadmission requirements include a minimum age of19, a high school diploma or equivalent, successfulcompletion of the BAT for corrections, a physicalexamination, physical agility test, background check,polygraph examination and psychologicalexamination. Official high school transcripts (andcollege transcripts, if applicable) are required prior to admission into the academy.

    Academies:

  • 10

    Cross-Over Training CMS Law Enforcement toCorrectional OfficerThis program prepares the law enforcement officer for a moveto become a correctional officer. Requirements includeattendance and successful completion of the FDLE CertifiedLaw Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit Academy, passing scoreson both the Florida State Officers Certification Exam and theCriminal Justice Basic Abilities Test for Corrections. If yourecurrently employed by a police agency, you must submit aLetter of Good Standing from your agency.

    Cross-Over Training Correctional Officer toCMS Law EnforcementThis program prepares the correctional officer for a move intolaw enforcement. Requirements include attendance andsuccessful completion of the FDLE Certified Corrections OfficerBasic Recruit Academy, passing scores on both the Florida StateOfficers Certification Exam and the Criminal Justice BasicAbilities Test for Law Enforcement, a letter of good standingfrom your current department or a copy of your correctionscertification from the Criminal Justice Standards and TrainingCommission.

    Correctional Probation Officer Cross-OverTraining to Florida CMS Law EnforcementThis program prepares the licensed correctional probationofficer to become a licensed law enforcement officer throughthe Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Requir

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