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Public Safety Administration

Prepare for a rewarding career keeping your community safe.

Public Safety Administration (PAD) is designed to provide students, as well as practitioners, with knowledge and skills in the technical, managerial, and administrative areas necessary for entrance or advancement within various public service sectors, which include emergency management, law enforcement, EMS, and firefighting.

The curriculum of study is designed to aid in the hiring and/or enhance the advancement of those working as 911 telecommunicators, sworn law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters, and grant managers. The classes are designed to give the student insight to critical public safety administrative functions to include budgeting, public policy, grant writing, incident management, management, supervision, and local government finance.

Program Features

  • Choose one program course tracks from the subject areas of Corrections Services, Law Enforcement Services, or Emergency/Fire Management Services.
  • Students are eligible to earn credits for prior public safety training (max of 9 credits awarded) based on the type of agency training and the number of hours completed. Subject to approval based on transcripts submitted. Students will earn 20 credits with the -completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy.
  • The program is offered in an online format and/or hybrid format that provides flexibility for full-time working professionals who may need access to distance learning education options.
  • Courses are taught by dedicated faculty with relevant higher education credentials and years of practical public safety experience.
  • By completing this program, students will gain the fundamental competencies that are vital to employability, interpersonal, and professional success in the public safety administration.
  • Transfer credits to North Carolina State University in the Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) bachelor’s degree program.
  • Explore career opportunities with the North Carolina Department of public safety

Course Information

Public Safety Administration (A55480)
Public Safety Administration Certificate (C55480)
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