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PUBLIC SAFETY

Every minute of every day, communities depend on firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, police and correctional officers, 911 dispatchers, crime scene investigators and other public safety professionals. 

Palm Beach State College delivers the most comprehensive public safety education in Palm Beach County, based in the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus.

  • Learn cutting-edge skills and best practices from experienced professionals with advanced credentials and a commitment to your success.
  • Train in the county's largest public safety training facility, which features real-world criminal justice, EMT and firefighter environments and professional skill­-building venues.
  • Our programs meet or exceed the state and national standards established by each branch of public safety.
  • Through our partnerships with local and state public safety agencies and medical centers, students get many opportunities to observe and interact with professionals in the field.

 

Criminal Justice Institute: Law Enforcement/Corrections Officers

The Criminal Justice Institute offers Basic Recruitment training for new/entry- level law enforcement officers, information on preparing for the Physical Agility Test (PAT), 911 Telecommunications training, advanced and specialized training for veteran law enforcement officers and Exemption from Training (EFT) for previously Florida or out-of-state law enforcement officers.

Overview

The Advanced and Specialized Courses are Limited Access courses for Florida-certified Law Enforcement and/or Corrections officers for Mandatory Retraining or Salary Incentive credit.

Registration MUST be through your agency training department or coordinator with Training Authorizations for approval. Priority is given to Region XII officers. Out-of-region officers will be put on a waiting list and will be added to the class if space is available. All training held at the Lake Worth campus, unless otherwise noted.

Attendees will now be using Eventbrite to register for individual courses.

 

 

 

For questions and availability, please call 561-868-3404.

For information:
Annette Rodriguez
Phone: 561-868-3398
Email: rodriga1@palmbeachstate.edu

Schedule for upcoming academies
Academy Name Start Date
BLE 213 01/11/2022
BLE 214 01/11/2022
COT TBD

* ACADEMY DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All applications will now be submitted electronically. In order to receive the link for the electronic application YOU MUST email a valid copy of the LE BAT and PBSC PAT to: Christine Todaro, Selection Center Coordinator: todaroc@palmbeachstate.edu

  • Note: The PAT is only required for Law Enforcement students.

All Sponsored Recruit Paperwork must be submitted prior to 5 pm on Nov. 23, 2021

All Sponsored Recruit Paperwork must be submitted prior to 5 pm on Nov. 23, 2021

Self-Sponsored Application Information: (Application and/or Successful completion of process does NOT guarantee acceptance into academy)

Self-Sponsored Application Dates
Date Information
Sept. 13, 2021 Application Open
Oct. 4, 2021 Application Closes (no applications accepted after 5pm)
Nov. 12, 2021 All background, polygraph, psychological processes must be complete
Dec. 3, 2021 Accepted Candidates will be notified 

Application Procedures

The following minimum requirements for entry into the Basic Recruit Training Academies for Law Enforcement and Corrections at Palm Beach State College have been established through the college, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council. These requirements apply to all individuals who are seeking to sponsor themselves in the academy.

  • Be able to complete the entire academy program with the scheduled time frame.
  • Be at least 19 years of age at the time of application.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Be a high school graduate or its "equivalent" as the commission has defined the term by rule. Official transcripts required.

NOTE: High school and ALL college transcripts (if applicable) MUST be received/accepted by Palm Beach State College in order to be admitted into the college.

Please contact your high school (and college(s), if applicable) as soon as you start the selection process and have transcripts sent to Criminal Justice, MS #36, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796. Transcript request forms and additional information. To see if Palm Beach State College has received your transcript(s), go to Pantherweb.

Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for entry into the academy, not withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.

Any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for acceptance into the academy.

Application Forms

After all eligibility requirements* for acceptance into the selection pool have been satisfied, the following point system will be utilized for selection into the full background portion of the selection process.

All documents must be on file in the Criminal Justice Institute's Selection Office prior to the deadline date.

1.     Veteran of the United State Military with honorable discharge: 2 points

        (copy of DD-214 or active duty military ID is required to receive points)

2.     College Education (nationally recognized accredited institution)

        (copy of transcript or diploma is required to receive points)

  • 30 to 59 college credits: 1 point
  • 60 or more college credits or AS or AA degree:  2 points
  • Bachelor's: 3 points
  • Master's degree: 4 points

3.     Completed 3 years in a H.S. Criminal Justice Academy: 1 point

Maximum Points Possible: 7 points

     *(CJBAT, Physical Ability Test (PAT), official high school transcript and application)

  • Must possess a valid Florida driver's license. Candidates with valid out of state licenses must obtain a Florida driver's license before they submit the application.
  • Must possess an acceptable driving record, (Law Enforcement only)defined as:
    • Less than three moving traffic violations within the last two years
    • Free from driver's license suspensions for the past three (3) years.
    • Free from any convictions for criminal traffic offenses (DUI, Reckless driving) within the past five (5) years.
  1. Have not used or possessed marijuana in the one (1) year prior to applying to the academy.
  2. Have not used or possessed any other illegal drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy.
  3. Have not misused prescription drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy.
  4. Have not sold, transported, delivered or trafficked in any illegal drugs and/or fraudulently obtained any prescription drugs.

Tattoos include any tattoo, scar, branding, mark or other permanent body art or modification deliberately placed on the body for purposes of decoration, ornamentation or adornment. Any of the following will be cause for denial for entry into the academy:

  1. Tattoo(s) on the fingers, hands, neck (visible when wearing a collared shirt), face or head.
  2. Tattoo(s) commonly associated with gangs, organizations or groups which advocate hate, intolerance or discrimination.
  3. Tattoo(s) which depict, describe or otherwise refer to sexual conduct, acts, organs or preferences.
  4. Tattoo(s) which depict, describe, or refer to intolerance of, or discrimination against any race, religion, gender or national origin.
  • Complete the Basic Abilities Test (B.A.T.) with a score of 70 or better for Law Enforcement or 70 or better for Corrections.
  • Complete and pass the Physical Abilities Test.

Upon acceptance to the program:

  • Successfully complete a polygraph examination.
  • Successfully complete a psychological examination.
  • Be in good physical shape as determined by a licensed physician.
  • Be drug free as determined by a 7-panel drug test.
  • Pass a thorough background investigation.

STEP 1: Fill out College Admission Application

 

STEP 2: Order Official High School and College Transcripts 

  • Transcripts should be sent to: Palm Beach State College — CJI, MS-36,
    4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth Beach Fl., 33461

 

STEP 3: Take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT)  

  • Go to pearsonvue.com/fdle to schedule test at least 24 hours prior.
  • Check Testing Center hours by calling 561-868-3012

 

STEP 4: Take the Physical Agility Test (PAT) - Law Enforcement ONLY

 

STEP 5: Upon successful completion of the BAT and PAT: 

  • Email both test results to Christine Todaro, Selection Center Coordinator: Todaroc@palmbeachstate.edu
  • Upon confirmation you will be emailed a link to complete the Application and Personal History Questionnaire.

 

STEP 6: Submit all Paperwork during Acceptance Week 

  • A specific time period will be advertised in which all applicants must submit their application online. Monitor our web page and facebook for those dates. 

STEP 7: Once selected the applicant will continue to complete the Psychological examination, fingerprint and background check.

 

STEP 8: After completion of the above steps, the applicant and his/her file will be reviewed for acceptance into the next available requested academy program. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF ACCEPTANCE, EVEN IF A STUDENT MEETS ALL SELECTION CRITERIA. The Selection Center will follow the standard criteria set forth by Palm Beach College, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards Training Commission as outlined in 943.13 Florida Statutes, 11B of the Florida Administrative Code, and the Region XII Training Council. 

The Selection Center is for prospective law enforcement and corrections officers who wish to enter the Basic Law Enforcement or Basic Corrections Academies. The Selection Center is not a hiring agency.

The Full Time Law Enforcement Academy is approximately 24 weeks, Monday through Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm OR Monday through Thursday 12:00pm - 9pm and 4 hours on Friday (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $4,000.00 for Florida residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency. For out-of-state applicants, tuition is substantially higher.

The Part Time Law Enforcement Academy is approximately 33 weeks, Monday through Thursday 5:30pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, 6:00am to 5:00pm (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $4,000.00 for Florida residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency. For out-of-state applicants, tuition is substantially higher.

The Corrections Academy is approximately 12 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (times vary according to instructional guidelines). The total tuition and materials fee is approximately $2,000.00 for Florida Residents. Students must provide proof of Florida residency.

Additional costs will include, but are not limited to, the cost of uniforms at approximately $500.00

*All fees are subject to change without notice.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR CROSSOVER TRAINING, AND COMPARATIVE COMPLIANCE COURSES WILL BE SUBJECT TO SOME OR ALL PORTIONS OF THE SELECTION PROCESS DEPENDING ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS.

Register for the PAT


The Criminal Justice Institute has adopted single norm testing of academy applicants. This physical testing has been validated by FDLE and the Region XII Training Advisory Board.

A single norm standard is defined as follows; all persons taking the Physical Agility Test (PAT) must meet the same standards regardless of gender or age. These standards require the same level of performance regardless of age and gender (same job = same standard).

There are certain factors to remember. First, be honest with yourself. If you have not exercised and prepared for this test in a safe manner, it is unrealistic to think that you would pass the PAT on test day. Criminal Justice Staff and this brochure will assist you in preparing for the exam.

This test measures both cardiovascular fitness, as well as dynamic strength. This refers to the aerobic capacity of an individual as well as their anaerobic capacity. Endurance and dynamic strength are factors for overall fitness.

 

Getting Ready

First you must acquire a Physicians Clearance to Test Form at the Criminal Justice Institute Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus. The form must be completed by a Florida Licensed Physician and returned to the CJI. When the form is returned the student will be allowed to sign up for the Physical Agility Test at the cost of $40.00. This test is valid for a period of six months from the date of administration. The Physicians Clearance to Test Form and receipt of payment must be returned to the Criminal Justice Institute Selection Center.

 

The Day of the PAT

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled test time. This will give you a chance to adjust, complete any necessary paperwork and not feel rushed. Dress in appropriate clothes for the PAT. T-shirts, gym shorts, socks and appropriate footwear for the run are essential. No offensive logos or caricatures should appear on any outerwear. You might want to bring your own water bottle.

Prior to the exam you should hydrate well with water. Sports drinks might help after the test, but water is the most important fluid to drink prior to taking the PAT.

Caffeine should be eliminated the morning of the PAT as often it can elevate your heart and blood pressure rate.

Applicants are encouraged to avoid taking "supplements." Often, these items can have adverse physiological effects unless prescribed by a licensed physician or registered dietician.


Testing

The Physical Abilities Test is to be conducted in the following manner:

Task 1: Exit Vehicle/Enter Trunk

Attributes Measured: Eye-hand coordination, reaction time, finger dexterity and flexibility.

Task Description: Participant begins course seated in a full size automobile, seat belt on, with hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions on the steering wheel. The participants will wear a pull-away flag belt around his/her waist. The trunk key is in the closed glove compartment. A revolver and a flashlight are positioned in the front center part of the trunk. The trunk is closed and locked.

Instructions

  1. On the command “go” the stop watch is started and the participant will unfasten his/her seat belt, open the glove compartment and remove the key.
  2. With key in hand, exit the vehicle (closing the driver’s door upon exit).
  3. Upon exiting the vehicle, reach to the back of the belt and pull the belt off (letting the belt to fall to the ground).
  4. Move to the trunk, unlock and open the trunk with the key.
  5. Remove the revolver and the flashlight and close the trunk.
  6. Place the revolver and keys on the stool, located at the side of the passenger side of the vehicle.
  7. Keep the flashlight in hand and carry it with him/her throughout the 220 yard run (and obstacle course).
  8. After placing the handgun and keys on the stool, (with flashlight in hand) begin the (first) 220 yard run.


Task 2: 220 Yard Run

Attributes Measured: Anaerobic capacity (muscular endurance).

Task Description: While carrying the flashlight the participant runs 220 yard on a flat surface to the entrance of the obstacle course.

Instructions

  1. Run 220 yards with flashlight in hand.
  2. After completing the run, proceed to the obstacle course.
  3. Keep flashlight in hand.


Task 3: Obstacle Course

Attributes Measured: Mobility, anaerobic capacity (muscular endurance), flexibility and coordination.

Task Description: Upon completion of the 220 yard run the participant passes through the pylons at the entrance to the obstacle course, consisting of the following tasks.

Instructions

  1. Climb over a 40 inch wall.
  2. High step or jump over a series of three (12”, 18” and 24”) hurdles.
  3. Serpentine through a forty foot course of nine pylons.
  4. Low crawl eight feet, under three 27” high hurdles.
  5. Leave the flashlight at the end of the low crawl and move to the “dummy drag” task.

Note: If at any time, the participant knocks over a hurdle or pylon, they immediately stop and repeat that portion of the obstacle course.

Task 4: Dummy Drag

Attributes Measured: Muscular endurance, strength/power, flexibility, agility.

Task Description: The participant sprints from the obstacle course, 50 feet, to the 150 pound dummy and drags it 100 feet on a cut grass surface.

Instructions

  1. Sprint 50 feet to the dummy.
  2. Drag or move the dummy 100 feet.
  3. Move back to the obstacle course.


Task 5: Obstacle Course (Repeat of Task 3 in Reverse)

Task Description: Upon completion of the dummy drag, sprint back to the obstacle course, pick up the flashlight and complete the obstacle course in reverse (low crawl, serpentine, high step, wall). After the wall climb, repeat the 220 yard run.


Task 6: 220 Yard Run (Repeat of Task 2)


Task 7: Dry Fire Weapon

Attributes Measured: Strength/power, muscular endurance and finger strength.

Task Description: After completing the (second) 220 yard run, place the flashlight on the stool and pick up the revolver; using a one-handed grip fire six round with each hand.

Instructions

  1. Place flashlight on the bench.
  2. Pick up revolver.
  3. Assume a firing position while keeping arm completely outstretched at shoulder height and parallel with the ground.
  4. Fire six rounds with each hand.


Task 8: Enter Trunk/Enter Vehicle (Repeat of Task 1 in Reverse)

Task Description: After firing the weapon place the weapon and flashlight in the trunk, close the trunk. With key in hand, reenter the vehicle, close the vehicle door, place the key in the ignition, fasten the seat belt and place both hands on the steering wheel. Time stops when participant’s hands rest on the steering wheel.

Instructions

  1. Pick up flashlight and handgun.
  2. Place both items in the trunk.
  3. Close trunk and remove key.
  4. Reenter the vehicle.
  5. Close the vehicle door and place key in the ignition.
  6. Fasten seat belt.
  7. Place both hand on the steering wheel.

THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE TIME FOR A PASSING SCORE IS 6:04 MINUTES

Palm Beach State College highly values the Criminal Justice professionals who serve as instructors and staff in the Criminal Justice Institute.

 

Application Process for Instructors

Palm Beach State College welcomes applications for law enforcement and corrections professionals to become instructors in the Palm Beach State College Recruit Academies. For details on the instructor certification requirements, please email Joe Tata at Tataj@palmbeachstate.edu.

Basic Requirements:  Current CJSTC-FDLE Instructor’s certificate in specialization area, specified in FAC 11B-20. Minimum academic degree must be at the same level at which the faculty member is teaching.

 

Helpful Resources

 

Internal Forms

Region XII encompasses Palm Beach County, Florida. Local police and corrections officials serve on the college's Region XII Advisory Council, as required by FAC 11-B rules to oversee the college's trust fund.

 

Region XII Agencies

  • Atlantis Police Dept. - 260 Orange Tree Drive - Atlantis, FL 33462  |  561-965-1700
  • Boca Raton Police Dept. - 100 NW Boca Raton Blvd. - Boca Raton, FL 33432  |  561-338-1234
  • Boynton Beach Police Dept. - 100 E. Boynton Bch Blvd. - Boynton, FL 33435  |  561-742-6100
  • Delray Beach Police Dept. - 300 West Atlantic Avenue - Delray, FL 33444  |  561-243-7800
  • FAU Campus Police Dept. - 500 NW 20th Street - Boca Raton, FL 33431  |  561-297-3500
  • Greenacres Public Safety- 2995 Jog Road - Greenacres, FL 33463  |  561-966-2109
  • Gulfstream Police Dept. - 246 Sea Road - Gulfstream, FL 33483  |  561-278-8611
  • Highland Beach Police Dept. - 3614 S. Ocean Blvd. - Highland Bch., FL 33487  |  561-266-5800
  • Juno Beach Police Dept. - 340 Ocean Drive - Juno Beach, FL 33408  |  561-626-2100
  • Jupiter Inlet Police Dept. - 1 Colony Place - Jupiter, FL 33469  |  561-746-3787
  • Jupiter Police Dept. - 210 Military Trail - Jupiter, FL 33458  |  561-746-6201
  • Lake Clarke Shores Police Dept. - 1701 Barbados Rd. - Lake Clarke, FL 33406  |  561-964-1515
  • Lantana Police Dept. - 500 Greynolds Circle - Lantana, FL 33462  |  561-540-5700
  • Manalapan Police Dept. - 600 S. Ocean Blvd. - Manalapan, FL 33462  |  561-585-4030
  • North Palm Beach Public Safety - 501 US Highway One - N. Palm Bch., FL 33408  |  561-881-4425
  • Ocean Ridge Public Safety - 6450 N. Ocean Blvd. - Ocean Ridge, FL 33435  |  561-732-8331
  • Palm Bch Co. School Dist. Police - 3330 Forest Hill Blvd. #B121 - WPB, FL 33404
  • Palm Bch Co. Sheriff's Office- 3228 Gun Club Road - W. Palm Bch., FL 33406  |  561-688-3540
  • Palm Bch Gardens Police Dept. 10500 N.Military Tr. - PB Gardens, FL 33410  |  561-799-4445
  • Palm Beach Police Dept. - 345 S. County Road - Palm Beach, FL 33480  |  561-838-5454
  • Palm Bch Shores Police Dept. - 247 Edwards Lane - Palm Bch Shores, FL 33404  |  561-844-3457
  • Palm Springs Public Safety - 226 Cypress Lane - Palm Springs, FL 33461
  • Riviera Bch Police Dept, 600 W. Blue Heron Blvd. - Riviera Bch, FL 33404  |  561-845-4123
  • South Palm Bch Police Dept. - 3577 S. Ocean Blvd. - S. Palm Bch, FL 33480  |  561-586-2122
  • Tequesta Police Dept.- P.O. Box 3272 - Tequesta, FL 33469  |  561-575-6210
  • West Palm Bch Police Dept.- 600 Banyan Blvd. - W. Palm Bch, FL 33401  |  561-653-3411

 

Region XII Council Members

Chief Frank Kitzerow, Chairman, School District of Palm Beach County.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Chief Craig Hartmann, Highland Beach Police Department.

Chief Rick Jenkins, North Palm Beach Police Department.

Chief Robert Mangold, Atlantis Police Department.

Major Ron Mattino, North Region, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Interim Director Joseph Tata, Palm Beach State College

Chief Clint Shannon, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

 

Criminal Justice Institute: Degrees & Certificates

Overview

Basic Law Enforcement Auxiliary Academy prepares students as entry level Auxiliary officers in the State of Florida. This program is sometimes referred to as Reserve Law Enforcement Officers. 

Coursework will include introduction to law enforcement, legal concepts, patrol and professional communications, interactions in a diverse community, calls for service and arrest procedures, traffic stops and crash investigation, crime scene to courtroom procedures as well as training and proficiency demonstration in dart firing stun gun, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operations and first aid.


Admission Requirements

The following minimum requirements for entry into the Basic Recruit Training Academies for Law Enforcement and Corrections at Palm Beach State College have been established through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council. These requirements apply to all individuals who are seeking to sponsor themselves in the academy. 

  • Be able to complete the entire academy program within the scheduled time frame.
  • Be at least 19 years of age at time of application.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a high school graduate or its “equivalent” as the commission has defined the term by rule. Certified transcripts required.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement is not eligible for entry into the academy, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Any person who has pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor involving a false statement, prior to December 1, 1985, and has had such record sealed or expunged shall not be deemed ineligible for acceptance into the academy.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Candidates with valid out of state licenses must obtain a Florida driver’s license before the start of the academy.
  • Must possess an acceptable driving record, (Law Enforcement only) defined as:
    • Less than three moving traffic violations within the last two years
    • Free from driver’s license suspensions for the past three (3) years.
    • Free from any convictions for criminal traffic offenses (DUI, Reckless driving) within the past five (5) years.
  • Drug use history: Have not used or possessed marijuana in the one (1) year prior to     applying to the academy. 2. Have not used or possessed any other illegal drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy. 3. Have not misused prescription drugs in the three (3) years prior to applying to the academy. 4. Have not sold, transported, delivered or trafficked in any illegal drugs and/or  fraudulently obtained any prescription drugs.
  • Tattoos – tattoos include any tattoo, scar, branding, mark or other permanent body art or modification deliberately placed on the body for purposes of decoration, ornamentation or adornment. Any of the following will be cause for denial for entry into the academy:
    • Tattoo(s) on the fingers, hands, neck (visible when wearing a collared shirt), face or head.
    • Tattoo(s) commonly associated with gangs, organizations or groups which advocate hate, intolerance or discrimination.
    • Tattoo(s) which depict, describe or otherwise refer to sexual conduct, acts, organs or preferences.
    • Tattoo(s) which depict, describe, or refer to intolerance of, or discrimination  against any race, religion, gender or national origin.
  • Achieve a passing score on the Basic Abilities Test (B.A.T.)
  • Complete and pass the Physical Abilities Test.
  • Be in good physical shape as determined by a licensed physician.
  • Be drug free as determined by a 7-panel drug test.

 

Completion Requirements & Testing

CJ BAT (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test)

 

 PAT (Physical Abilities Test)

  • Administered at the Lake Worth campus every other Thursday morning at 6:30 AM. (Not-withstanding holidays or weather conditions)I would like to add a link to a calendar here that does not presently exist. 
  • PAT Registration Click Below:

Overview

The Criminal Justice Academy is a limited access program governed by Palm Beach State, Region XII Justice Training Council and the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. The Correctional Officer Cross-Over Training to Florida Law Enforcement prepares students as entry-level law enforcement officers in the State of Florida.

Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination.

This minimum class standards is regulated by Florida statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.


Program & Application Requirements

All candidates entering the program must have proof of a standard high school diploma or U.S. GED and are required to complete the Selection Center Testing through Palm Beach State or enter under the auspices of a Palm Beach County Law Enforcement agency.

Additionally, they must complete a Palm Beach State application, present a valid Law Enforcement Basic Ability Test (BAT), a medical examination, a complete drug screen, and a criminal background investigation that includes a military, employment and education check. All candidates must be Certified Correctional Officers in the State of Florida, employed as one or State Certified from a complete Florida Academy within the last four (4) years.

Meeting with Rules and Regulations:

Students registering in the Law Enforcement, Corrections or Crossover Academy must meet and abide by the rules and regulations of the Palm Beach State Criminal Justice Institute. These rules are provided in the Academy Rules and Regulations. Further, students are also subject to the rules and regulations of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Overview

The Criminal Justice Academy is a limited access program governed by Palm Beach State, Region XII Justice Training Council and the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

The Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training prepares students as entry-level law enforcement officers in the State of Florida.

Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination.

This minimum standards class is regulated by Florida statutes and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.


Admission Requirements

All candidates entering the program must have proof of a standard high school diploma or U.S. GED and are required to complete the Selection Center Testing through Palm Beach State or enter under the auspices of a Palm Beach County law enforcement agency.

Additionally, they must complete a Palm Beach State application, achieve passing scores on the Basic Ability Test (BAT), and successfully pass a fitness ability test, a medical examination, a complete drug screen, and a criminal background investigation that includes a military, employment and education check. All candidates will be required to successfully pass a psychological exam and a polygraph exam. 

Meeting with Rules and Regulations:

Students registering in the Law Enforcement, Corrections or Crossover Academy must meet and abide by the rules and regulations of the Palm Beach State Criminal Justice Institute. These rules are provided in the Academy Rules and Regulations. Further, students are also subject to the rules and regulations of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Overview

The Corrections Basic Recruit Training prepares students as entry level corrections officers in the State of Florida. Practical skills and simulated activities compliment the classroom instruction.

The Criminal Justice Academy offers this course meeting all requirements established by Palm Beach State College, the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council. 

Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). This minimum standards class is regulated by Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.

Overview

The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) offers this course meeting all requirements established by Palm Beach State College, the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Region XII Training Council.

The Law Enforcement Officer Cross-Over to Correctional Officer prepares currently certified Law Enforcement Officers to become certified Correctional Officers in the State of Florida. Practical skills and simulated activities complement the classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). This minimum standards class is regulated by Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code and is a highly structured and disciplined program with special rules, policies and procedures.

 

Overview

Course content includes standard telecommunication operating procedures for police, fire and emergency medical services. This course is the certification course for all Public Safety Telecommunicators.

The Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy meets or exceeds the State of Florida Department of Health requirements for certifying students, and preparing them to succeed at the State Exam. Our faculty members serve on numerous State and National boards and committees, ensuring the information we teach is the most current and relevant to today's issues in the emergency 9-1-1 profession.

As a student in this 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy, you will be exposed to many facets of emergency public safety services. Many of the classes include the same information that is taught to Police, Fire, and Rescue recruits.

Training topics include:

  • 10 codes and signals
  • Operational skills
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Telecommunications best practices for responding to missing and exploited children
  • Active shooter
  • Sit-ins at real 9-1-1 dispatch centers
  • K9/SWAT Demonstrations
  • Hazardous material (HAZ-MAT) demonstrations
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Hostage negotiations
  • How to interview well for a job in 9-1-1
  • Radios & telematics
  • Trauma hawk and trauma center tour
  • Test preparation to pass the state exam

 

Classes

State of Florida Public Safety Telecommunicator Course

Next HYBRID class begins Monday, August 23.

This course will prepare you to take and pass the Florida Department of Health 9-1-1 PST Exam.

FL DOH Certification is required to work in any 9-1-1 Center in Florida.

For more information, please email publicsafetytelecommunications@
palmbeachstate.edu

 

FL Department of Health

Cool Kids of 9-1-1

Class 002 students were interviewed by Ricardo Martinez of the 9-1-1 podcast show Within The Trenches, on a break from their Active Shooter Class at the South Florida "Mini-C" Miniature Training Conference April 3rd, 2013, in Boca Raton, FL. Hear what they had to say about getting started in the 9-1-1 field, their experiences in the Academy, and their advice for anyone thinking about taking this class and becoming a 9-1-1 dispatcher!  Listen to the podcast.

The Denise Amber Lee Act

The Denise Amber Lee Act was passed unanimously by the Florida Legislature on April 24, 2008, as Florida State Statute 401.465. This law mandates minimum training standards and certification for Florida's 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicators.

Denise Amber Lee was a 21-year old loving mother of two young boys who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered on the west coast of Florida on January 17th, 2008. Through a series of mis-steps and negligent errors, 5 separate 9-1-1 calls were made concerning her case that day, including one from Denise herself. Despite their best efforts, law enforcement authorities were not able to save her in time. When it was later discovered that a 9-1-1 operator had failed to broadcast critical information in time to the responding units, the Lee family (and Denise's father, Detective Sgt. Rick Goff) pursued legal action and pushed for passage of this law.

The Lee and Goff families have established the Denise Amber Lee Foundation whose mission is: to promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes, and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system. 

 

Florida State Statute 401.465

The intent of the Legislature in adopting Chapter 2010-188, Laws of Florida, appears to have been the professionalization of E911 service by creating a mandatory statewide system for the certification and training of these personnel. Palm Beach State College seeks to contribute to this professionalization through its support and hosting of the 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator Dispatch Academy. This is the only Academy of its kind in South Florida with enrollment open to self-sponsored students interested in entering this career. View Florida State Statute 401.465

 

911 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy

Palm Beach State College was approached by a local 9-1-1 Manager in February 2011, and began working on the logistics of organizing, hosting, and supporting this Academy. The first class (#001) session officially began June 19th, 2012, with a class enrollment of 14 students. Through cooperative agreement with the Palm Beach County 9-1-1 Training Committee, additional local 9-1-1 Telecommunicators who already held state certification participated in, and contributed to, select classes.

 

PST Logo

Our Logo

The "Together As One" logo was created by Class #001 graduate, Billy Osment. This design signifies the three Public Safety disciplines: Law Enforcement, Fire Services, and Emergency Medical Services all under the watchful headset of the 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator. 9-1-1 Dispatchers are responsible for not only the safety of their callers, but also their co-workers in the field.

Overview

This college credit certificate program will prepare the student to operate behind the yellow crime scene tape. Crime scene technologists locate, collect, and identify physical evidence used to solve crimes. The student will learn how to properly collect and preserve physical evidence, how to photograph crime scenes and how to reconstruct crime scenes and vehicle accidents.

Course content includes crime scene photography, fingerprint classification, crime scene safety and biological evidence.

Overview

This degree program will prepare the student to operate behind the yellow crime scene tape. Crime scene technologists locate, collect, and identify physical evidence used to solve crimes. The student will learn how to properly collect and preserve physical evidence, how to photograph crime scenes and how to reconstruct crime scenes and vehicle accidents. Course content includes crime scene photography, fingerprint classification, crime scene safety and biological evidence.

Overview

This degree program is for students wanting a degree in Criminal Justice Technology, but are not sworn officers.

Course content includes police administration, criminal law, probation & parole, and criminal investigation.

Overview

An Associate's degree in Criminal Justice Technology will prepare the student for a career in the Criminal Justice system.

It is a limited access program for the Criminal Justice Academy student (Corrections and Law Enforcement certificate program students) and/or the correction and law enforcement officer who wishes to advance in his or her career. The student must contact the Criminal Justice Institute regarding admission requirements to the Academies prior to entering the Criminal Justice Technology program. 

Course content includes police administration, criminal law, criminal psychology, forensic science and criminal investigation.

Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification Examination.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

Overview

Criminal Justice includes the study of crime, the law and the justice system. Job opportunities are available in a wide variety of fields and include federal, state and local government as well as the private sector.

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

Option 1: 15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Option 2: FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semester with 6-11 credits per semester.

 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS): EMT/Firefighters | Paramedics

Palm Beach State’s EMS Department is committed to providing our local community with EMS training of the highest standard. We accomplish this with a completely certified, dedicated faculty and staff with expertise in advanced prehospital emergency care and services. Through our alliances with the Fire/EMS Partnership Council, the Palm Beach County EMS Providers Association, the Palm Beach County EMS Advisory Council, and the Palm Beach County Fire Chiefs Association, we remain on the forefront of educational and emergency medical developments. Our goal is to prepare competent, professional entry-level EMT-B and EMT-P personnel with advanced cognitive, physical and interpersonal skills through programs that are approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and follow the most current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards Curriculum.

EMS Degrees & Certificates

Overview

This program combines both EMT and Firefighter curriculum into a single program of study. Students admitted into the 698-hour cohort, will prepare for entry level positions in Firefighting. Students first complete the 300-hour Emergency Medical Technician program, then continue directly into the Firefighter program. This program meets all curriculum requirements to prepare the student for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician assessment exam EMT-Basic, and for the State Firefighter certification exam.

  • Students MUST have Internet access.
  • Combo class is only offered once per year, starting in January.

 

Program Contact Information

Alicia Garcia, garciaal@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3355

Carla Robinson, robinscm@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3840


Apply: Limited Access Program

Some programs at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) require an additional program application to be submitted after you've been accepted to Palm Beach State College. These programs are known as limited or controlled access programs.


 

Requirements for Selection/Consideration

Conditionally accepted students must complete the following items at their own expense, prior to receiving approval to register and attend the program:

  • Create and purchase a Complio account.
  • Complete and receive:
    • Clear Level 1 Background check
    • FDLE fingerprinting
    • Drug/Alcohol Screening
    • Medical exam
    •  All required immunizations
    • HEPA Mask Fit Test
    • PPD

Additionally, as of 8/27/2021, proof of COVID Vaccination is required for all EMS students and must be uploaded into your Complio account. This is not a mandate by Palm Beach State College but is required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend and complete the clinical aspect of the program.


Program Costs

EMT: Tuition and Fees (FL resident) total $2300 (costs are approximate and subject to change). Total cost includes parking decal, Medical Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance assessed, textbooks, uniforms, and pre-screening costs (drug/alcohol screening, medical exam and criminal background check.

FIRE: Firefighter I $750.18, Firefighter II $769.76. Total tuition and fees for both programs: $1,821.94

*Include parking decal, Medical Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance assessed. They do not include textbooks, uniforms, and pre-screening costs (drug/alcohol screening, medical exam and criminal background).

 

PBSC Application Facts

First-time Palm Beach State College Students:

Submit a completed Palm Beach State general credit application at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions, click “apply now” and pay the appropriate fee by the deadline date.

New students will be assessed a $40 nonrefundable fee. International (F-1/M-1) students will be assessed a $75 nonrefundable application fee.

Be sure to insert your current and active email address where requested, and be specific regarding your program of study.

Once submitted, a confirmation page with conditions of admission will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the college application.

Print the confirmation page and follow the instructions within. Applicants must also submit the Online Limited Access EMT program application.


Returning Palm Beach State College Students:

Students who have not enrolled in the last three terms must reapply to the College prior to submitting this Limited Access application.

Those students who are reapplying and wish to declare Florida residency must do so upon submitting their online application.

If you forgot to submit Florida documents in the web application, the Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes form can be found at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions under “forms” and you may bring the form to any campus admissions office.

Official high school transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office proving a standard high school diploma, GED, or validated foreign equivalent (Transcripts are considered official if sent directly to Palm Beach State College from the previous institution or are hand-delivered in a sealed envelope sealed by the issuing institution).

All applicants – new, current, and college transfer students - must have their official high school or GED transcript on file at the college, however, the high school transcript may be waived for admissions purposes if a student has earned an Associate, Bachelor, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.

You may download the transcript request form from our website www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions/submit-transcripts

Students who received a Florida GED can request their scores online, by visiting www.ged.com.

Note: Transcripts scores must be on file at the College Admissions Office in Lake Worth on or prior to the deadline date.

All students must be at least 18 years of age at or before the start of the program.

All applicants must provide documentation of completion of a current American Heart Association BLS provider course. PLEASE NOTE: No other CPR certifications will be deemed acceptable.

Palm Beach State College offers the course for this certification. You may search for the next available class (CPR Course ID# is AHO0123) by visiting: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE/ems.aspx

For additional questions about this course, or for CPR classes held at Palm Beach State College, you may call the Public Safety Corporate Continuing Education office at 561-868-3775 or visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE (CPR Course ID# is AHO 0123).

Applicants must take the I/O Solutions National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI), within two years of the application deadline date and score at least a 75% grade competency level in order to be considered for selection. The NFSI is offered at most PBSC College Testing Centers. Study guides may be purchased at the Lake Worth College Bookstore.

For additional information on taking the NFSI at a College Testing Center go to: www.palmbeachstate.edu/testing.

For additional information on the NFSI go to: www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com.

Note: ALL applicants are required to take the NFSI – regardless of having an A.A., A.S., A.A.S. or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution OR having already met the minimum cut scores, within the past two years, on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), SAT1 or ACT-E exams. The applicant’s scores on the NFSI will serve as the tie-breaker should applicants have an equal number of points for determining acceptance into the program. Applicants who wish to retake the NFSI in an effort to improve their score may do so as long as they have not taken the exam within the past 30 days.

Applicants must register for the CPAT online or at any Palm Beach State College location and successfully complete it to be considered for selection. CPAT scores are valid for one year prior to the application deadline.

A valid CPAT Certificate from other providers is acceptable. Any CPAT, whether from Palm Beach State College or another provider, must be submitted prior to the program deadline. For CPAT tests taken outside of Palm Beach State College: a paper printout of a score report provided by the student cannot be considered official.

It is the responsibility of the student to sign a release form at the institution/location where they took the exam and to request that his/her CPAT scores be sent directly to any PBSC Testing Center via email or fax.

The email address and fax numbers for all PBSC Testing Centers may be found by visiting www.palmbeachstate.edu/Testing/

Email is preferred. When the scores are received, the testing center will enter them in the student’s account, so long as the student has a PBSC student ID.

Applicants are required to take the TABE Full Battery Level (A) test PRIOR to graduation from the Fire Academy.

Once accepted and enrolled, the student will need to pass with a score of 10th-grade level or higher in reading, language, and math to be eligible to graduate.

There is a $25 fee for this exam.

Please pay the cashier and report to the Testing Center (with photo ID) to arrange to take the exam. If you are a first-time applicant, the application fee covers the price of the first test.

 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is currently available for this program. Please speak to your financial aid advisor to discuss financial aid options and scholarships. For more information on Financial Aid, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Financialaid.

 

EMS Policies & Documents

Overview

This college credit certificate program is offered for the student who wishes to complete the core curriculum and be eligible for certification by the State of Florida to practice as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B).

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers trained to the EMT-B level provide basic life support for both medical and trauma-related emergencies. The majority of the EMS care delivered, on both a local and national level, falls within the scope of practice for the EMT-B provider.

The course content for EMT-B includes lecture, skills lab, and hospital/fire rescue rotations as outlined in the core requirements of the Emergency Medical Services
A.S. degree program. Furthermore, the EMT-B Program is a prerequisite for the Paramedic Program.

Furthermore, the EMT-B Program is a prerequisite for Fire Academy AND the Paramedic Program.

Students MUST have Internet access.

Classroom study and clinical work equip the student with the skills in patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, shock prevention, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization and vehicle extrication that are necessary for a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine.

This program is approved by the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Ch 401, FS, Ch. 64J-1, FAC) and follows the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum.

 

Program Contact Information

Alicia Garcia, garciaal@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3355

Carla Robinson, robinscm@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3840


Apply: Limited Access Program

Some programs at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) require an additional program application to be submitted after you've been accepted to Palm Beach State College. These programs are known as limited or controlled access programs.


 

Requirements for Selection/Consideration

Conditionally accepted students must complete the following items at their own expense, prior to receiving approval to register and attend the program:

  • Create and purchase a Complio account.
  • Complete and receive:
    • Clear Level 1 Background check
    • FDLE fingerprinting
    • Drug/Alcohol Screening
    • Medical exam
    •  All required immunizations
    • HEPA Mask Fit Test
    • PPD.

Additionally, as of 8/27/2021, proof of COVID Vaccination is required for all EMS students and must be uploaded into your Complio account. This is not a mandate by Palm Beach State College but is required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend and complete the clinical aspect of the program.

 

Program Costs & Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition and Fees (FL resident) total $2300 (costs are approximate and subject to change). Cost includes parking decal, Medical Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance assessed, textbooks, uniforms, and pre-screening costs (drug/alcohol screening, medical exam and criminal background check.

 

When are the applications open?

  • March - May for the Fall Term starting in August
  • September - October for the Spring Term starting in January
  • January - March for the Summer Term starting in May

Does Palm Beach State maintain a waiting list?

No! A point scale system is utilized to determine entry into the program. The maximum amount of points a student can receive towards their application is 180. Please watch the online information session to find out the breakdown of points. The points system is subject to change.


How can I transfer in my credits from another college/university?

Please have the prior college send an official copy of your transcripts to any one of the Palm Beach State Admissions offices


How many students are selected for the EMT program each semester?

  • Fall (Aug-Dec) semester accepts 96 students total.
    • 24 will be assigned to each of 3 day classes and 1 night class.
  • Spring (Jan-May) semester accepts 96 students total.
    • 24 will be assigned to each of 3 day classes and 1 night class.
  • Summer (May-Aug) semester accepts 72 students total.
    • 24 will be assigned to each of 2 day classes and 1 night class.

Does the day class follow a fixed schedule?

The EMT Day Program does not have fixed days such as every Monday, Wednesday, etc. We follow a Shift Schedule similar to what you will work in the field. The 24/48 shift schedule uses three teams (i.e. Shifts) to provide 24/7  coverage. It consists of a 3-day cycle where each team works one 24-hour shift followed by 2 consecutive days (48 hours) off duty. While our class meets only during regular hours, we do follow the 1 day-on / 2 days-off rotation. There is an additional half day of lab on some weeks. In the example below, you go to school only on the same colored days (I.E., only red, only blue, only green).

(The calender below is generic, and is used only to explain shift rotations. It is not specific to any month or year, and not to be used for any class. Your specific calender will be emailed to you by your lead instructor approximately one week before class begins.)

 


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Does the night class follow a fixed schedule?

The EMT Night Program is Monday through Thursday evenings and all-day Saturdays


How do I enroll for Fire Academy or Paramedic School when I finish EMT?

You are required to do a separate application for each. 


If a student has a prior conviction, will it hinder them from being accepted to the EMT program?

Background checks, fingerprint and drug screens from an approved vendor are required for all accepted students to the EMT program. All students conditionally accepted to the program will pay out of pocket for these screenings. Financial Aid does not cover the cost of required screenings.

  • The student must have a clean background. While felonies are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, students will NOT be permitted if they have been convicted of Arson, Perjury, Domestic violence, Child abuse, Patient misconduct/abuse, or any conviction involving physical.
  • All records will be sent directly to the PBSC Background specialist, not the EMS Program. These files will not be part of the student’s college records. The drug screen details are known only to the screening agency's MRO. 

How old must you be to apply?

The student must be 18 yeas old BEFORE the first day of class. This is not negotiable or flexible.


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How many students apply to the EMT program each semester?

Approximately 150-200 students for the Spring Term and Fall term. Approximately 100-150 students for the Summer Term


Is there an online component to the class?

Yes! In addition to classroom lectures and hands-on labs, there are online lectures and quizzes.


Is there a Combo Class every semester?

NO! The Combo class only runs once per year and begins in the Spring (January)

 

Financial Aid

Students taking just EMT are not eligible for federal aid. Students taking EMT that are enrolled as degree seeking for their A.S. in EMS will be eligible for financial aid. For more information, contact Financial Aid at 561-868-3330

 

PBSC Application Facts

Official high school transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office proving a standard high school diploma, GED, or validated foreign equivalent (Transcripts are considered official if sent directly to Palm Beach State College from the previous institution or are hand-delivered in a sealed envelope sealed by the issuing institution).

All applicants – new, current, and college transfer students - must have their official high school or GED transcript on file at the college, however, the high school transcript may be waived for admissions purposes if a student has earned an Associate, Bachelor, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.

You may download the transcript request form from our website www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions/submit-transcripts

Students who received a Florida GED can request their scores online, by visiting www.ged.com.

Note: Transcripts scores must be on file at the College Admissions Office in Lake Worth on or prior to the deadline date.

Official college transcripts must be submitted from ALL attended post-secondary institutions (transcripts are considered official if sent directly to Palm Beach State College Admissions Office from the previous institution(s) or hand-delivered in an envelope sealed by each issuing institution).

You may download the transcript request form from our website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions/Transcript-request.aspx.

The high school transcript may be waived for admissions purposes if a student has earned an Associate, Bachelor, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.

All post-secondary records from out of the country must be submitted with a foreign credentials (course by course) evaluation.

Commercial evaluation of foreign transcripts must be conducted by approved evaluators listed at https://www.naces.org/members.htm

All students must be at least 18 years of age at or before the start of the program.

All applicants must provide documentation of completion of a current American Heart Association BLS provider course. PLEASE NOTE: No other CPR certifications will be deemed acceptable.

Palm Beach State College offers the course for this certification. You may search for the next available class (CPR Course ID# is AHO0123) by visitng: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE/ems.aspx

For additional questions about this course, or for CPR classes held at Palm Beach State College, you may call the Public Safety Corporate Continuing Education office at 561-868-3775 or go on Panther Web at www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE (CPR Course ID# is AHO 0123).

Applicants must take the I/O Solutions National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI), within two years of the application deadline date and score at least a 75% grade competency level in order to be considered for selection. The NFSI is offered at most PBSC College Testing Centers. Study guides may be purchased at the Lake Worth College Bookstore.

For additional information on taking the NFSI at a College Testing Center go to: www.palmbeachstate.edu/testing.

For additional information on the NFSI go to: www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com.

Note: ALL applicants are required to take the NFSI – regardless of having an A.A., A.S., A.A.S. or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution OR having already met the minimum cut scores, within the past two years, on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), SAT1 or ACT-E exams. The applicant’s scores on the NFSI will serve as the tie-breaker should applicants have an equal number of points for determining acceptance into the program. Applicants who wish to retake the NFSI in an effort to improve their score may do so as long as they have not taken the exam within the past 30 days.

 

EMS Policies & Documents

Overview

This college credit certificate program is offered for the student who wishes to complete the core curriculum and be eligible for NREMT certification or certification by the State of Florida to practice as a paramedic.

Paramedics are trained to provide advanced life support in medical and trauma related emergencies. The course content includes lecture, skills lab and hospital/fire rescue rotations as outlined in the core requirements of the Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree program.

This intensive three-semester program begins the fall semester of every calendar year. The program consists of class lecture days and additional clinical days adhering to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue shift schedule. Clinical Shifts involve time in area hospitals, variety of ancillary medical facilities, as well as responding in local fire station rescue vehicles to emergency calls.

 

Program Contact Information

Alicia Garcia, garciaal@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3355

Carla Robinson, robinscm@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3840


Apply: Limited Access Program

Some programs at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) require an additional program application to be submitted after you've been accepted to Palm Beach State College. These programs are known as limited or controlled access programs.


 

Requirements for Selection/Consideration

Conditionally accepted students must complete the following items at their own expense, prior to receiving approval to register and attend the program:

  • Create and purchase a Complio account.
  • Complete and receive:
    • Clear Level 1 Background check
    • FDLE fingerprinting
    • Drug/Alcohol Screening
    • Medical exam
    •  All required immunizations
    • HEPA Mask Fit Test
    • PPD.

Additionally, as of 8/27/2021, proof of COVID Vaccination is required for all EMS students and must be uploaded into your Complio account. This is not a mandate by Palm Beach State College but is required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend and complete the clinical aspect of the program.

 

Program Accreditation

The Paramedic Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation for EMS Programs (CoAEMSP) [4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 305-599, Arlington, Texas 76016 Ph: (817) 330-0080] and approved by the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Ch 401, FS, Ch. 64J-1, FAC). The training program follows the most current U.S. Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum [FS 401.2701(1)(a) 5a].

 

Program Cost

Tuition and Fees (FL resident) total $5800 (costs are approximate and subject to change). Total cost includes parking decal, Medical Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance assessed, textbooks, uniforms, NFSI testing, FISDAP, EMS testing, and pre-screening costs (drug/alcohol screening, medical exam and criminal background check.

 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is currently available for this program. Please speak to your financial aid advisor to discuss financial aid options and scholarships. For more information on Financial Aid, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/Financialaid.

 

State Regulations & Program Outcomes

 

Admission Requirements

  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Be a certified Florida EMT or eligible for the Florida EMT exam to apply and must score a 75 on the NFSI. 
  • Complete a limited access Paramedic program application
  • Clear criminal history background, drug, and alcohol screening and acceptable medical exam, completed at student’s expense, prior to starting the program. Details discussed at mandatory orientation
  • Take and pass the NFSI test with a 75 or greater. Tests available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY by contacting the testing center
  • Be a certified Florida EMT or eligible for the Florida EMT exam to apply.

 

Completion Requirements & Testing

Courses must be completed with a score of 80% or better. Students must meet program standards to successfully complete BLS, ACLS, PHTLS, and PALS.

 

Policies & Documents

Overview

This degree program is designed for the student who wishes to increase his/her opportunities in the EMS field. 

In addition to the EMT and Paramedic Certificates, students will complete general education courses and electives.

 

Program Contact Information

Alicia Garcia, garciaal@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3355

Carla Robinson, robinscm@palmbeachstate.edu, 561-868-3840

 

Policies & Documents

 

Fire Science: Advanced Training | Entry-Level Firefighters

The Fire Academy offers training for new/entry-level firefighters, information on preparing for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), EMT/Firefighter Combination program, telecommunications training, advanced courses for veteran firefighters, Fire Officer Supervisor training and an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Fire Science Technology.

Working in the fire service is an exciting, challenging career with virtually unlimited opportunities for advancement.

When is the Firefighter course (Fire Academy) offered?
  • The Fire Academy is offered five times a year – three full-time day, two part-time night.
  • Day Fire Academy: Monday-Friday, 0830 – 1730. Approx. three months.
  • Night Fire Academy: Monday-Wednesday, 1800 – 2200, Saturday 0830 – 1730. Approx. six months.

What are the requirements for the program?

  • Preferred certified 40-hour First Responder, EMT, or Paramedic.
  • Must take CPAT, NFSI, and T.A.B.E.* tests. *Exemptions apply, see below.
  • Must be 18 years of age on or before the first day of the program.
  • Must be able to complete a background check with the State of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

What is the cost for the Fire Academy? Does Financial Aid cover all or part of the costs?

The current in-state approximate costs for Firefighter I (FFP0030) is $707.23 and for Firefighter II (FFP0031) is $1071.53, not including textbooks, uniforms, turnout gear, and pre-screening costs. Unfortunately at this time Financial Aid does not usually cover the cost of the Fire Academy.


Do I have to pay for Firefighter I and II at the same time?

Although it is recommended that both FFP0030 and FFP0031 be paid together, it is not required. Each course must be paid for before the first day of class, and before the session payment due date.


What campus is the Fire Academy offered on?

The program is only offered at the Lake Worth campus.


How many students are selected for the program? How does the selection process work?

There are 24 students accepted into the Firefighter program. Students are selected on a points-based system, which is listed within the application packet.


Where do I submit the application?

The Fire Academy application, along with all required documents, are to be submitted to the Admissions office on any Palm Beach State College campus. All documentation must be turned in prior to the deadline date or you will be disqualified from the selection pool.

If you are a first time student at Palm Beach State College, you will have to apply for the college before applying to the Fire Academy. You need to send your official high school and college transcripts to the registrar’s office prior to the application deadline.


What documents do I need to submit with my application?

  • Proof of passing the CPAT test from any IAFF certified CPAT test provider. High school and college transcripts, sent via U.S. mail from the educational institution or in a sealed envelope.
  • Proof of age (copy of driver’s license) or similar government issued ID.
  • EMT/First Responder/Paramedic Certificate.

What is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?

Applicants must register for the CPAT online and successfully complete the test prior to consideration for placement into the selection pool. CPAT Certificates are valid for one year prior to the application deadline.

A valid CPAT Certificate will be acceptable from other IAFF Certified CPAT providers and must be submitted prior to program deadline.


What is the National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI) - Test?

Applicants must take the I/O Solutions NFSI Test (National Firefighter Selection Inventory – Form 3 Test) within the past two years of application deadline date and score at least a 75% in all subject areas (Reading, Language and Math) in order to be eligible for consideration for selection. Information about this test and study guides can be found at www.publicsafetyrecruitment.com.

The Palm Beach State College Lake Worth book store will have a study guide in stock. The test is conducted at the Palm Beach State College testing center. Check with the testing center on the campus near you for availability as not all testing centers offer the NFSI test. There is a fee for this test. See www.palmbeachstate.edu/testing.


Do I have to take the T.A.B.E. (Test of Adult Basic Education)?

All enrolled students who do not possess an A.S. or A.A. degree or higher must take and pass the TABE Full Battery Level (A) with a score of 10th grade level or higher in reading, language and math to be eligible to graduate. There is a $25 fee for this exam. Please pay the cashier and report to the Testing Center (with photo ID) to arrange to take the exam.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test is a minimum requirement for the Fire Academy.

The job of a Firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs, it requires a high level of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance.

The CPAT consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fire ground. They are:

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise & Extension
  • Forcible Entry, Search
  • Rescue and Ceiling Breach & Pull.

Registration for CPAT Exam

The fee for a Practice Session is $55.00.

The fee for a Testing Session is $150.00.

NOTE: Registration fees are non-refundable.  Because of this, we urge you to be thorough while registering.


Rescheduling your CPAT Exam

Registration closes one day prior to the Test or Practice date.  If you wish to reschedule, you must reschedule with NTN at least seven days in advance of your scheduled session.  To reschedule, please contact NTN Customer Service at 1-866-563-3882.

 

CPAT exams - Do's & Don'ts

  • Register for an Orientation, Practice or Test Session online via the registration link.
  • Bring a valid picture ID.
  • Dress Code: long pants, closed-toe shoes with a back, single shirt (no double clothing), no head wear, no jewelry other than wedding ring, no shorts. 
  • Students MUST arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to scheduled start time. Anyone arriving late will not be allowed to participate or test.

A variety of topics of interest to fire service professionals are available. In addition to on-campus offerings, classes may also be held off-campus at local emergency services agency facilities. Customized training programs can also be developed for agencies interested in providing training on a specific fire or EMS topic for their personnel.

 

Fire Science: Degrees & Certificates

Overview

For students seeking state certification as a firefighter, classes are offered on both daytime and nighttime schedules in the Fall and Spring terms of each academic year. The program follows the curriculum established by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training of the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.

The CCP firefighter program is a two-part (2) course.

Part I (Firefighter I)

Covers orientation; safety; fire behavior; building construction; protective clothing; SCBA; portable extinguishers; ropes and knots; building search and victim removal; forcible entry tools; construction and techniques; ground ladders; ventilation; water supply; coupling; loading and rolling hose; laying, carrying and advancing hose; water fire streams; Class A, C, D; vehicle and wild land fire control; sprinkler system fundamentals; salvage, overhaul and protecting evidence of fire cause; fire department communications; equipment and techniques; fire prevention and public fire education.

The course also includes Awareness-Level Hazardous Materials Training. Upon completion of the course and a written state certification examination, the student will receive a Certificate of Competency from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training as a Firefighter I.

 

Part II (Firefighter II)

Prepares the student to meet the requirements to become a state certified firefighter. Subjects include implementing the incident management system; construction materials and building collapse; rescue and extrication tools; vehicle extrication and special rescue; hydrant flow and operability hose; tools and appliances; foam fire systems; ignitable liquid and gas fire control; fire detection; alarm and suppression systems; fire cause and origin; radio communications and incident reports pre-incident survey and wildlife firefighting - 5130 & 5190.

Those students who successfully complete the program may participate in the state exam for certification as a Firefighter II.

This exam encompasses both written and practical skills tests. Certification is required in the state of Florida for firefighters.


Apply: Limited Access Program

Some programs at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) require an additional program application to be submitted after you've been accepted to Palm Beach State College. These programs are known as limited or controlled access programs. 


Overview

This program academically prepares the firefighter to assume the responsibility as a first line fire officer, and to challenge the state certification exam.

This program is geared for the sitting and prospective company officer. It trains the firefighter to lead in-service company fire safety inspections, use proper strategies and tactics to fight fire, be an effective incident commander, and serve as a trainer, mentor and middle manager.

Overview

This degree program is designed for the current firefighter who wishes to advance in various fire service areas.

Course content includes tactics & strategies, fire prevention, fire investigation, company officer, and fire apparatus & equipment.

 

Mission

The U.S. Fire Administration established the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) as an organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the fire and emergency services as a profession to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.

 

Goals

  • To establish a formal network for post-secondary institutions that offer degree programs in fire and life safety and emergency response.
  • To assist institutions in establishing relationships between degrees and professional certifications.
  • To provide national models for a college curriculum leading to career tracks in fire protection, life safety and emergency services including associated allied professional fields.
  • To encourage the establishment of partnerships between individual education institutions, and other local, state, and federal fire and emergency related training agencies and organizations.
  • To promote quality assurance through mechanisms such as accreditation.
  • To further the concept of higher education and its positive effect in the overall mission of the fire protection, life safety and emergency service providers.
  • To promote the concept of integrated life-long education and training for fire protection, life safety and emergency services providers.
  • To collaborate with the National Fire Academy in meeting the goals stated in America Burning and other national initiatives that involve degree-granting institutions.
  • To enhance the professional qualifications and development of the faculties at institutions offering courses related to these programs.
  • To encourage ongoing development of the quality, content and delivery of these programs.
  • To encourage the exploration of innovative program enhancements.
  • To explore and facilitate the integration of technology in all aspects of the educational programs.
  • To impact the mission of the participating educational institutions.
  • To promote inter-institutional recognition of courses.

FESHE website

 


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