PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Public Safety Training Center

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

CIP Code: 43.9999
MCC Program Code: PS01
NYSED Code (BRI): 37270
Admissions
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Description
The Public Safety Communication program is designed to provide educational and professional development to those currently employed in the emergency communications field. The program focuses on communications skills development in a public safety communications center. Topics such as operations, record keeping, equipment, and dealing with diverse populations are just a sampling of areas covered in this program. Students will also concentrate on specific roles, techniques, and responsibilities that each specific discipline entails (EMS, Fire, & Police). This program has two tracks, Law Enforcement Dispatcher and Fire/EMS Dispatcher. Students that successfully complete the program will be certified by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers Institute(APSCO). Enrollment is limited to current public safety communications personnel sponsored by their respective agency that have received Emergency Communications Department approval.
(Housed at Public Safety Training Facility)

Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should:

1. Receive 911 phone calls and obtain information from the caller pertinent to emergency and non-emergency situations necessary to identify the appropriate resources required.
2. Effectively communicate with 911 callers who may be distressed, disabled, impaired, or from dissimilar cultures.
3. Record incident information in a consistent, accurate, and easily understood fashion.
4. Identify the specific resources required for an incident and accurately dispatch them in timely fashion.
5. Obtain critical information via telephone, computer, radio, reference sources, and electronic media used in public safety.
6. Provide basic emergency medical instructions via phone to callers with medical and trauma emergencies.

Employment Potential
For related jobs: Career Coach
Occupational Resource: http://www.onetonline.org

Requirements for Program Entrance
High school diploma required. Civil Service appointment as Public Safety Dispatcher or Telecommunicator required. Recommended High School Courses: Math, English, psychology, sociology, business & government.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
LAW ENFORCEMENT DISPATCHER TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSC 100 Public Safety Telecommunicator7
PSC 101 Emergency Medical Dispatch2
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
MTH 104 OR MTH 135 OR MTH 140 OR MTH 141 OR MTH 150 OR MTH 160 or higher 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
PSC 110 Practicum in Public Safety Telecommunicator12
Total 18
THIRD SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
PSC 202 Law Enforcement Dispatching7
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3-4
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
Total 15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SPC 241 Advanced Interpersonal Communication3
PSC 212 Practicum in Law Enforcement Dispatching12
Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS 63-64
FIRE AND EMS DISPATCHER TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSC 100 Public Safety Telecommunicator7
PSC 101 Emergency Medical Dispatch2
ENG 101 College Composition3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
MTH 104 OR MTH 135 OR MTH 140 OR MTH 141 OR MTH 150 OR MTH 160 or higher 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
PSC 110 Practicum in Public Safety Telecommunicator12
Total 18
THIRD SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
PSC 203 Fire and EMS Dispatching7
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3-4
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
Total 15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SPC 241 Advanced Interpersonal Communication3
PSC 213 Practicum in Fire and EMS Dispatching12
Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS 63-64

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