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We serve our community through the principles and best practices of Public Safety. We are the law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, crime scene investigators, corrections officers and public safety dispatchers.


 

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FIRE ACADEMY 

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) 

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.

PLEASE 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.

Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)

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

  1. To establish a formal network for post-secondary institutions that offer degree programs in fire and life safety and emergency response.
  2. To assist institutions in establishing relationships between degrees and professional certifications.
  3. 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.
  4. To encourage the establishment of partnerships between individual education institutions, and other local, state, and federal fire and emergency related training agencies and organizations.
  5. To promote quality assurance through mechanisms such as accreditation.
  6. 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.
  7. To promote the concept of integrated life-long education and training for fire protection, life safety and emergency services providers.
  8. To collaborate with the National Fire Academy in meeting the goals stated in America Burning and other national initiatives that involve degree-granting institutions.
  9. To enhance the professional qualifications and development of the faculties at institutions offering courses related to these programs.
  10. To encourage ongoing development of the quality, content and delivery of these programs.
  11. To encourage the exploration of innovative program enhancements.
  12. To explore and facilitate the integration of technology in all aspects of the educational programs.
  13. To impact the mission of the participating educational institutions.
  14. To promote inter-institutional recognition of courses.

FESHE website


CRIMINAL JUSTICE 

PAT Exam

The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) includes four components: push-ups, sit-ups, 300 meter run and 1.5 mile run.

We strongly encourage candidates complete all four components of the test, even if one department may not require a specific event.

 

Candidates must meet the requirements of the job at the time of scheduling their exam. 

View the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) Administration Summary here.


CJBAT Exam

Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) exam determines whether or not a candidate possess the minimum competencies required for enrollment in Florida Commission-certified training centers and for employment within the state of Florida as sworn law enforcement or correctional officers. 

The CJBAT is offered at the PBSC Testing Center. 

Resources for the CJBAT 

Minimum Requirements for Entry

Physician Clearance To Test Form

Authorization to Attend Form (For sponsoring agencies only)

Carry Conceal Permits and HR 218 Cards


Request a Tour 

Prospective students are encouraged to tour the PBSC campus(es) that interest them. Recruiters and student leaders will guide you and answer your questions. Families and groups are welcome.


Academic Advisors

Students are urged to maintain contact with their advisors to be certain they are on track to complete their program of study. Students assume ultimate responsibility for course selection.

Your Leadership Team

Know your Leaders

Patricia Richie
Dean, Trade & Industry, Business & Computer Science and Public Safety
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Patricia Richie

Barbara Cipriano
Public Safety Associate Dean
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Barbara Cipriano

Marcela Alvarez
Administrative Assistant II to the Associate Dean
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Marcela Alvarez

Matthew Keeler
Director of EMS (Interim)
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Matthew Keeler

Kerry Weiss
Fire Academy Director (Interim)
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Kerry Weiss

Monique Sheriffe
Administrative Assistant II
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Monique Sheriffe

Chad W. Crouse
Fire Science Dept. Chair
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Chad Crouse

Rick Rocco
Criminal Justice Director
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Rick Rocco

Sonja Woodard
Administrative Assistant II
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Sonja Woodard

Annette Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant II
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Annette Rodriguez

Joseph Tata
Law Enforcement Advanced Training Coordinator
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Joseph Tata

Dr. Paul L. Friedman
Criminal Justice & CSI Dept. Chair
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:

Edgard Richard
Administrative Assistant II
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Edgard Richard 

 


2019 - 2020 Public Safety: Announcements & Schedules


Advanced course listings, reference numbers, Start Dates and Registration link
Course Title Reference # Start Date Register Now
FFO0199 - Mental Health First Aid for Fire and EMS TBA TBA TBA
FFO0272 - Fire Ground Rescue RIC Operations TBA TBA TBA
FFO0174 - Live Fire Training Instructor (LFTI) 266985 11/4/19 Course Link
FFO0184 -- Live Fire Training Instructor Refresher TBA TBA TBA
FFO0916 -- FLUSAR Rope Rescue Operations TBA TBA TBA
FFO0917 -- FLUSAR Rope Rescue Technician TBA TBA TBA
FFO0492-- EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATION COURSE (EVOC) TBA TBA TBA
FFO0929-- FLUSAR Vehicle Machinery Rescue (V.M.R) Operations  TBA TBA TBA
FFO0945 -- FLUSAR Vehicle Machinery Rescue (V.M.R.) Technician TBA TBA TBA
FFO0221 -- FLUSAR Structural Collapse Operations 262519 10/14/19 Course Link
FFO0222 - FLUSAR Structural Collapse Technician 262524 11/4/19 Course Link
FFO0951 -- FLUSAR Trench Rescue (OPS and TECH) TBA TBA TBA
FFO0217 -- FLUSAR Confined Space Operations TBA TBA TBA
FFO0211 -- FLUSAR Confined Space Technician TBA TBA TBA
FFO0280 -- Hydraulics  TBA TBA TBA
FFO0281 -- Apparatus and Equipment  TBA TBA TBA
FFO0650 -- Aerial Apparatus TBA TBA TBA
FFO0226 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 266862 10/21/19 Course Link
FFO0227 - HAZMAT 1 266834 11/5/19 Course Link
FFO0228 - HAZMAT 2 266852 11/16/19 Course Link
FFO0229 - HAZMAT 3 266853 11/26/19 Course Link

 


Fire Science Technology AS DEGREE COURSES

 

AS degree course listings, reference numbers, start dates and registration links
Course Title Reference # Start Date Register Now
FFP2120 -- Building Construction Fire Protection (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2521 -- Blueprint Reading and Plan Examination (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2720 - Company Officer and Leadership (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2810 -- Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 1 (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2811 -- Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 2 (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP1505 -- Fire Prevention (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2612 -- Fire Behavior and Combustion (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2740 -- Fire Service Course Delivery (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP1301 -- Fire Hydraulics (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2770 - Legal and Ethical Issues for the Fire Service (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2510 -- Related Fire Codes and Standards (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2206 -- Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP1540 - Private Fire Protection Systems I (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2741 -- Fire Service Course Design (AS) TBA TBA TBA
FFP2111 - Fire Chemistry (AS) TBA TBA TBA

Upcoming Criminal Justice Academies

Basic Law Enforcement Academy (Full-time) (Lake Worth campus)

BLE 205 - October 14, 2019 (Full Time Afternoon). Accepting applications August 12 - August 15, 2019. Orientation September 23, 2019 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

BLE 206 - January 27, 2020 (Full Time Day). Accepting applications November 4 - November 8, 2019. Orientation January 6, 2020 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

BLE 208 - May 18, 2020 (Full Time Day). Accepting applications February 24 - February 28, 2020. Orientation April 28, 2020 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

 

Basic Law Enforcement Academy (Part-time) (Lake Worth campus)

BLE 207 - March 11, 2020 (Part-time/Night). Accepting applications December 2 - December 6, 2019. Orientation February 10, 2020 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

 

Basic Corrections Academy (Full-time) (Lake Worth campus)

COT 170 - October 7, 2019. Accepting applications July 22 - July 25, 2019. Orientation September 16, 2019 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

COT 171 - February 7, 2020. Accepting applications November 18 - November 22, 2019. Orientation January 27, 2020 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

COT 172 - May 26, 2020. Accepting applications March 10 - March 13, 2020. Orientation May 5, 2020 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules).

 

Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement

XO COT - LE - February 3, 2020. Orientation November 18, 2019 (dates may be adjusted slightly due to college schedules)

 

Law Enforcement Auxiliary Academy

TBD

 

Public Safety Telecommunicator

Begins each fall and spring semester

EMS 0000

911 PST

 

Exemption from Training (EFT)

Law Enforcement Exemption from Training (EFT) - Offered yearly in March, July and October

Corrections Exemption from Training (EFT) - Offered Yearly in March, July and October

 


Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Certificate

PSAV certificate programs prepare you for high-skill, high-demand jobs. 


AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO
  • Duration: 364 Hours or 10 weeks.
  • Program offered at Lake Worth campus. 
  • Pass all modules with a minimum 80%.
  • Meet the 100% attendance requirement established by FDLE.

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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  •  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:

 

AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO
  • Limited Access Program
  • Program at Lake Worth location
  • Total program hours: 770
  • Duration: 6 months full time, 9 months part time

 


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. 

Successful candidates will be accepted into the academy program. For information on testing or academy beginning dates, call (561) 868-3398


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).

 

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Modular Examination Failure
Failure of any modular examination in academy training will entitle the student recruit to one re-test (not the same test), which must be taken before the academy ends. Failure of the re-test will result in the student repeating the module. 

Statewide Examination and Failure
At the completion of academic training, the applicant must file with CJSTC to take the statewide certification examination. There is a $100.00 fee for filing. The test will be developed and administered by CJSTC. A total of three attempts will be permitted. Failure of the third test attempt will necessitate repeating the complete academy training program.

 

AT A GLANCE

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.

 

PROGRAM INFO
  • Limited Access Program
  • Total program hours: 420 
  • Approximate program length: 3 months if taken full time
  • Lake Worth Campus

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 or correctional agency.

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

 

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Modular Examination Failure:
Students are entitled to one re-test should they fail any of the examinations or proficiency tests which must be taken before the completion of the academy. Failure of the re-test will result in the student repeating that module. 

State Officer Certification Examination: 
At the completion of the academy, the applicant must file with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to take the officer certification examination. A student has three attempts to pass this examination and if the examination is not passed after three attempts, the student must take the entire academy program over.

AT A GLANCE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

EMT: This 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 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 Fire Academy AND the Paramedic Program.

Students MUST have Internet access.

FIRE: The Basic Firefighter Program is a physically demanding course that prepares students for the safe, dependable and prompt performance of duties in the fire station as well as in the community. It includes orientation to the fire service, instruction in fire alarms, vehicles, and apparatus and equipment. Those students who successfully complete the course may participate in the State of Florida certification examination. Certification is required in the State of Florida for employment as a Firefighter.


FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid is currently available for this program.

Please speak to your financial aid advisor to discuss financial aid options and scholarships.

Apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Financialaid.

A FAFSA form is required, which is found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

In addition, a limited number of scholarships are also offered through the Palm Beach State College

Foundation at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation.


EMS Policies


Program Application
Requirements for Selection/Consideration

Accepted students will need a clear criminal history background, drug and alcohol screening and acceptable medical exam, completed at their own expense, prior to starting the emt/firefighter program. Details and deadlines regarding this procedure will be discussed at the mandatory orientation.

 ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE ON FILE AT ANY PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE BY 7:00 P.M. ON OCTOBER 28, 2019? 


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 Limited Access EMT program application contained in this packet and submit it to the Admissions office.


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 at - www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions/Transcript- request.aspx

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

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 http://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 clicking: https://webservices1.palmbeachstate.edu/FCCSC/registration/coursesearch.jsp.

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 the College Testing Centers located on the Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Belle Glade or Palm Beach Gardens Campuses. 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. CPAT information can be found at www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Fire/CPAT.

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 at the link: 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.

To determine if you are exempt from taking the TABE, click on page 24 of the College Catalog: www.palmbeachstate.edu/catalog/current/Index.pdf .

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.

PROGRAM INFO

PROGRAM LENGTH

EMT: Approximately 16 weeks, 300 hours, a full college semester/term - 12 college credits.

FIRE: Day Academy: 6 weeks Firefighter I, 6 weeks Firefighter II. Total weeks = 12

INFORMATION SESSIONS

All students are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

All EMT and Fire Academy classes, labs and drills will be held at the

Public Safety Complex on the Lake Worth campus located 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida 33461.

EMT Clinical sites will be designated per the Clinical Coordinator and are subject to change throughout the program.

PROGRAM COST

EMT: Tuition and Fees* (FL resident) total $1,173.00 (costs are approximate and subject to change).

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).


 


LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


National Registry EMT Basic Exam passing score, Florida Board of Licensure Exam passing score.

 

AT A GLANCE

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 PSAV 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.


Program Application

Fire Academy applications for Day and Night class are now opened. The Day class starts January 16, 2020 and the night class starts January 6, 2020. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019. All applications and related documents must be turned in by November 15, 2019. All accepted applicants and alternates MUST complete the material given to them at the orientation session.

PROGRAM INFO
  • 398 hours or approximately 12 weeks (3 months) for the day program and six months for the night program.
  • Lake Worth campus

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
  • Complete an Application for Admission.

 

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Students must pass with the following minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: Reading: 10; English: 10; Mathematics: 10 or qualify for TABE exemption (www.palmbeachstate.edu/academicservices/curriculum-and-programs).

AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO

  • Total Program Hours is 198
  • Lake Worth campus

 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Be an active certified officer in the discipline the officer is moving from; or
  • Have successfully completed a Commission-approved Basic Recruit Training program and passed the State Officer Certification Examination within four years, for the discipline the officer is moving from.
  • Provide a letter of good standing from their agency.

 

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Modular Examination Failure:
Student are entitled to one re-test should they fail any of the examinations or proficiency tests which must be taken before the completion of the academy. Failure of the re-test will result in the student repeating that module. 

State Officer Certification Examination:
At the completion of the academy, the applicant must file with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to take the officer certification examination. A student has three attempts to pass this examination and if the examination is not passed after three attempts the student must take the entire academy program over

AT A GLANCE

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.

What you will Learn

  • 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
PROGRAM INFO
  • 232 hours of required course material as well as an additional 16 hours for state certification examination preparation.
  • Program offered at Lake Worth campus.

 


 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
  • Complete an Application for Admission

 

HISTORY


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. http://deniseamberlee.org


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.

 

 

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Student must pass the mid-term and final exam with a 70% or better and must have a final average of 70% to pass the course.

 


College Credit Certificate (CCC)

A CCC awards college credit and delivers the technical core of the A.S. degree in that area of study. Completing a CCC gives you an immediate credential for skilled employment, allowing you to start or advance a career. And because CCC credits transfer into an A.S. degree, you'll have a great start toward your degree goal, too. 


AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO

  • Total program credits: 28
  • Lake Worth campus

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an Application for Admission

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

AT A GLANCE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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.


EMS Policies


Program Application
Requirements for Selection/Consideration

Accepted students will need a clear criminal history background, drug and alcohol screening and acceptable medical exam, completed at their own expense, prior to starting the emt/firefighter program. Details and deadlines regarding this procedure will be discussed at the mandatory orientation.

ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE ON FILE AT ANY PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE BY 7:00 P.M. ON OCTOBER 28, 2019? 


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 Limited Access EMT program application contained in this packet and submit it to the Admissions office.


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 at - www.palmbeachstate.edu/Admissions/Transcript- request.aspx

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

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 http://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 clicking: https://webservices1.palmbeachstate.edu/FCCSC/registration/coursesearch.jsp.

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 the College Testing Centers located on the Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Belle Glade or Palm Beach Gardens Campuses. 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.

 

PROGRAM INFO

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 LENGTH
Approximately 16 weeks, 300 hours, a full college semester/term - 12 college credits.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Attend one of our information sessions to learn more about our programs.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS
Classes and labs will be held at the
Public Safety Complex 
Lake Worth campus located 4200 Congress Avenue,
Lake Worth, Florida 33461.

Clinical sites will be designated per the Clinical Coordinator and are subject to change throughout the program.


PROGRAM COST
Tuition and Fees*
(FL resident) total $1,173.00 (costs are approximate and subject to change).
*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).

 

FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid is currently not available for this program, however, you may speak to your financial aid advisor to discuss other financial aid options and scholarships.

Apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Financialaid. A FAFSA application is required, which is found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. In addition, a limited number of scholarships are also offered through the Palm Beach State College Foundation at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age on or before the start of the program
  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Complete a limited access EMT program application 

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Must be a working or volunteer firefighters.

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

AT A GLANCE

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.

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)

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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 INFO

This intensive three-semester program includes a clinical internship in area hospitals and on emergency response units where students care for patients in emergency settings. Day shift classes start in the Fall and in the Spring term; all night classes in the Summer term.

Lake Worth campus.


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

LINKS & MAPS


COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


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

 


Associate in Arts (AA) Degrees

The Associate in Arts transfer degree equals the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. By earning your A.A. degree at PBSC, you are guaranteed admission to one of Florida's public universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. You also may transfer to certain private institutions or PBSC bachelor's programs. Our A.A. degree tracks will help guide you in selecting general education and elective courses that fit your desired major and the requirements of your chosen transfer school. Always work with your PBSC academic advisor in making your final choices.


AT A GLANCE

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 prive sector.

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

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

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

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.

The Criminal Justice Institute at Palm Beach State College offers a full range of professional training opportunities in the Criminal Justice field.

Criminal Justice graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as corrections officer, police officer, security guard, crime scene investigator, paralegal and crime analyst.

 


Associates in Science (AS) Degrees

Career-oriented A.S. degree programs prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce or transfer into Palm Beach State College's bachelor's degree programs. Transfer to certain bachelor's degree programs at other colleges and universities is possible as well.


AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO
  • The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.
  • Lake Worth campus.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an online Application for Admission.

 

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO

 Lake Worth campus

The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED
  • Complete an Application for Admission

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Successfully complete all of the courses in the program.

AT A GLANCE

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. 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

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

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

Approximate program length: two years full time or three years part time


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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

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ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment as a Law Enforcement Officer. It is necessary to complete the Police Academy to be hired as a Law Enforcement Officer in Florida.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be admitted into this program.

Students who wish to be admitted to the Criminal Justice Institute should seek counseling from the Institute.

Those who wish to be admitted to the A.S. degree program should seek counseling from the Criminal Justice Department.

This program requires that the student hold a Florida Law Enforcement or Corrections Certification or that the student plans to attend the Palm Beach State Criminal Justice Institute for Law Enforcement or Corrections.

AT A GLANCE

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 INFO

Lake Worth campus

The program can be finished in two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


High school diploma (or equivalent) and Palm Beach State College Admission Application.

 

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

AT A GLANCE

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.

PROGRAM INFO
  • The program can be finished in two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time
  • Lake Worth campus.

 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


Have a standard high school diploma or GED
Complete an Application for Admission.
Other than the “Fire Inspector” classes which can be taken by civilian students, the technical proficiency needed for this program requires that the student be a certified firefighter or fire inspector before being accepted into any of the technical core or elective classes that make up this curriculum.

 

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS & TESTING


Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

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