Emergency Services Specialist, Specialized Diploma



The demand for well-trained people in the emergency services field is ongoing and the employment outlook is very good. NCC's Emergency Services Specialist diploma program was created to respond to the workforce needs of our region and is unique in Northampton County.

The program provides an opportunity for anyone wanting to enter or advance quickly in this challenging career field. The program is an excellent option for people currently employed as emergency service personnel who want additional training and education for professional advancement or for personal growth in the profession.

Please Note: Students are required to supply their own NFPA compliant turn-out-gear and self-contained breathing apparatus.



If you are interested in a fast-track option, our Emergency Services Specialist program provides an alternative level of achievement in a shorter period of time compared to our associate's degree program. The curriculum includes five required courses (16 credits) and nine credits of EMGS elective courses allowing you to tailor the program to your individual goals and interests. Electives include firefighting courses, rescue courses, Emergency Medical Technician courses, and management courses.

After you've completed the specialized diploma, you may choose to continue your studies. In this case, you can apply all of your specialized diploma courses toward an associate degree program or transfer your credits to another institution. All of the courses in the specialized diploma curriculum are offered as part of the current degree program.


The program can be completed on a part-time schedule. Except for hands-on portions of the program, this program is offered on our virtual campus where there are no scheduled course meetings and requires online, independent work.
Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.
Career Potential: Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Medical Service Specialist, Firefighter


Graduates of the program will:

  • Apply interoperable emergency response and decision-making skills to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrate functionality as it relates to emergency response information technology.
  • Function within nationally recognized guidelines and/or standards as an interoperable emergency first responder.
  • Apply emergency service and public safety skills as they relate to mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery operations.
  • Develop an interoperable management approach in the various segments of emergency services, Public Safety (Fire/Emergency Medical), and the Private Sector (Industry).
  • Discuss ethical, moral, and legal issues associated with emergency response environments and be able to apply these concepts within the context of expected behavior.


Emergency Services Technology - Emergency Services Specialist

EMGS104Essentials of Firefighting & Emergency Response

4 credits

EMGS151Fire Prevention

3 credits

EMGS221Emergency Service Management

3 credits

EMGS231Law for Emergency Services

3 credits

EMGS201Chemistry of Hazardous Materials

3 credits

EMGSProgram Electives +

9 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

+ Program electives are restricted to courses with an EMGS prefix.

Emergency Services Technology - Emergency Medical Technician

EMGS115Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:6