Union Institute and University

Bachelor of Science

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Major: Emergency Services Management

emer-services-managementThe Emergency Services Management (ESM) major provides Union Institute & University students with an innovative option to obtain a bachelor of science degree uniquely tailored to meet the administrative requirements of careers in the rapidly growing industry of emergency service. The curriculum covers management topics including administrative challenges, legal and ethical issues, strategic plans, human resources, and productivity in a variety of emergency service organizations. Special focus will be on emergency and disaster management, homeland security, and critical incident management.

During the course of their studies, students will develop and strengthen the administrative capabilities and analytical skills crucial for implementation of appropriate and effective responses in federal, state and local organizations and agencies before, during, and after emergencies and disasters.

Degree Benefits

  • Personal attention from a faculty advisor and staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs
  • Police training certificates
    • Arkansas – ALEATA (Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy) – 32 credits
    • California – POST (CA Basic POST – Police Training) – 32 credits
    • California – POST (CA Basic POST – Corrections Training) – 32 credits
    • Colorado – (CO Basic POST – Police Training) – 32 hours
    • Florida – FDLE (FL Department of Law Enforcement Training) – 34 credits (1998 and after graduation)
    • Kentucky – DOCJT (KY Department of Criminal Justice Training) – 32 credits
    • Ohio – OPOTA (OH Peace Officer Training Academy) – 32 credits
    • Pennsylvania – (PA Act 120 Basic Police Training) – 32 credits
    • Wisconsin – (WI Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board) – 32 credits
  • Fire academy training
    • California – FFI (Fire Fighter I Certificate) – 22 credits
    • Ohio
      • Emergency Medial Technician – 10 credits
      • Ohio Firefighter I – 6 credits
      • Ohio Firefighter II (includes I) – 16 credits
      • Public Safety Inspector – 7 credits
      • Public Safety Instructor – 6 credits
      • Paramedic Technician – 50 credits
  • Associate Arts (AA) degree or Associate Science (AS) degree from a regionally accredited college or university will automatically waive the General Education requirements.
  • Up to 30 additional semester units for training beyond the academy training through Union Institute & University’s certified learning method.
  • The option to earn college credits through CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, prior learning assessment, and credits recommended by ACE though military training.
  • Faculty-guided instruction by field experts.

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate principles of supervision and management for emergency service organizations.
  • Analyze current issues that affect first response organizations and their strategic operations.
  • Create an effective strategic plan in emergency and disaster situations.
  • Evaluate how the individual components of emergencies and disasters interplay along the entire crisis and disaster spectrum of the human experience (i.e., legal, economic, ethical and human issues).
  • Design critical decision-making skills needed to respond appropriately to emergency and disaster situations and community resources in any crisis situation.

Accelerated Degree Completion Options

  • Attending on-ground classes that meet face-to-face five (5) times in an eight (8)-week session or selecting distance learning options.
  • Earning eight (8) credits in eight (8) weeks.
  • Transferring credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • Requesting credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience.
  • Successfully completing CLEP or DANTES exams.
  • Applying college credits for training through certified learning.