Protective Services - Homeland Security

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Ernest Powell
    Order Supplies
    CIP Code: 43.9999

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading proficiency is critical
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Must demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity
    Disciplinary record must be outstanding
    Must demonstrate a pattern of respect and self control at all times
    Integrity & honesty
    Problem-solving / critical thinking skills
    Ability to work independently and in a team
    Effective written and verbal communication skills
    Physical & mental fitness – self discipline
    Hand-eye coordination

    Career Pathways

    Emergency Medical Responder
    Emergency Medical Technician
    Firefighter & Prevention Worker
    Police & Sheriff Patrol Officer

  • The Protective Services – Homeland Security program provides students with a comprehensive public safety education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in firefighting and emergency medical response, fire protection, emergency health services, and emergency management. More specifically, students will study: fire science including prevention, firefighting and rescue techniques, and hazardous materials; emergency medical services including EMT first responder techniques and dispatch; and emergency management.

    Students will apply and refine their communication and computer skills through report writing, research, and information retrieval. The curriculum will include discussions and case studies on professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. The program combines lecture, practical application, and clinical experiences. Fire certification courses will be taught in partnership with Bucks County Community College. BCTC will provide both EMR and EMT certification coursework in conjunction with the Eastern PA EMS Council. These certification courses will be tuition free. Supervised field trips and clinical experiences will include fire and emergency services departments. This program provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue college and ultimately a career in public safety.

    Industry Certifications:

    EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
    PA Essentials of Firefighting
    First Responder
    Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness
    BLS Healthcare Provider
    Recognition & Identification of Hazardous Materials
    NIMS IS 100, 200, 700, 800 Series
    Emergency Response to Terrorism Basic Concepts
    Incident Command System
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.
    Industry certification testing fees - $75*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


College Advanced Credits