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Emergency Service Administration

Earn a bachelor’s degree that will train you to lead in crisis situations and rise through the ranks of the emergency services profession.

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Boost your associate degree and propel your emergency services career to the next level with the ACC Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Emergency Service Administration (ESA). ACC developed this 2-year, fully online program to meet real-world needs after consulting with experts in homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and criminal justice. When you graduate, you’ll have crucial training and insight for protecting the public, providing thoughtful leadership, and keeping your colleagues safe before, during, and after any emergency.

Courtney Kuntz
Director - Bachelor of Applied Science and Human Services
Health and Public Services
courtney.kuntz [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Getting your BAS in Emergency Service Administration will help you:

  • Gain skills to operate in emergency service settings
  • Work in critical incidents that require multi-agency collaboration and coordination
  • Formulate solutions to ethical and legal issues in public safety agencies
  • Collect and analyze data for decision making in the public safety environment
  • Employ appropriate course of action for all phases of the cycle of emergencies from preparedness to recovery
  • Investigate global issues then apply best practices to local emergency situations

CIP 430302 (BESA)

The BAS degree in Emergency Service Administration offers a comprehensive program to prepare a new generation of leaders in the field of emergency services in both governmental agencies and private sectors. Students will obtain a well-rounded learning experience and training related to proactive strategic planning for disaster prevention and reduction. The curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice necessary to enhance resiliency for communities and leverage capabilities and resources to deal with emergency situations. Students will learn how to tackle crisis requiring multi-agency collaboration and coordination activities. Additionally, the curriculum provides the foundation and skills for professionals in emergency services to advance into a leadership position and practice a proactive leadership in unpredictable and catastrophic situations to minimize risk to responders and the public.

The program will be delivered online. The BAS program (a total of 120 credit hours) offers a flexible upper level 60-credit-hour degree designed specifically for students who have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Planning, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science Technology, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Paramedicine, Public Safety, Wildland Safety, or closely related degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Student must have the following to be considered for entrance into this program: must possess a relevant associate degree (60+ credits) from a regionally accredited institution in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Planning, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science Technology, Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Paramedicine, Public Safety, Wildland Safety, or closely related degree.

  • Pre-acceptance advising session with Program Director at courtney [dot] kuntz [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5247

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (30 credit hours)
  • AAS Degree General Education Coursework 15 Credits
Total: 120 Credit Hours

If you haven’t yet completed your associate degree, complete it at ACC through one of the following programs that will lead you to the BAS ESA.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement
  • Associate of General Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology at Red Rocks Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Management & Planning at Red Rocks Community College

Students enrolling in ACC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Emergency Service Administration acknowledge that completion of this degree will not guarantee employment in the field of Emergency Service Administration. Many associated agencies impose requirements other than education for employment. These requirements may be related to age, physical condition, height, weight, vision, successful completion and passing of a background check, drug screening, screening for psychological and personality traits, and more, each of which could lead to disqualification for employment. Students assume all responsibility for meeting employment requirements.

Job Potential

The Emergency Service Administration program at ACC delivers the knowledge and training you need to rise into leadership positions and expand your career opportunities in fire, law enforcement, paramedicine, criminal justice, and other public safety environments.

Program Requirements

The Emergency Service Administration BAS program requires an associate degree (60 credits) in an emergency services discipline from a regionally accredited institution. Associate degrees may be in the following disciplines:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management & Planning
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paramedicine
  • Public Safety
  • Wildland Safety
  • Closely related degree

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 120 (60 prior AAS + 60 BAS ESA)

You also can earn college credit for NFPA, POST, NREMT, and other industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment. Use this credit toward completing an associate degree in one of the above programs before applying to the ESA program.

Information Sessions

Gain valuable information about the program and important details about eligibility and the application process by attending on of our information sessions. Attending an information session will satisfy the pre-acceptance advising session requirement of the application process.

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