Protective Services

15 months, 1590 hours


The Protective Services program provides students with a comprehensive public safety education. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in four broad public safety areas: law enforcement and criminal justice, fire protection, emergency health services, and emergency management. More specifically, students will study: 1) criminal justice system, including juvenile justice and delinquency, corrections, and judiciary; law enforcement/police science including PA crimes and vehicle codes, criminal behavior, investigations and evidence/forensics, patrol, traffic and crowd control procedures; physical and mental fitness including self-discipline, defensive and arrest techniques and the use of force continuum; 2) fire science including prevention, fire fighting and rescue techniques, and hazardous materials; 3) emergency medical services including EMT first responder techniques and dispatch; and 4) comprehensive emergency management. Students will be required to complete all areas of this comprehensive public safety curriculum including successfully completing an end of program exam and all related industry certification tests.

Students will apply and refine their communication and computer skills through report writing, research, and information retrieval. The curriculum will include discussions and case studies on professionalism, ethics, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. The program combines lecture, practical application, and clinical experiences. Fire certification courses will be taught in partnership with Bucks County Community College. BCTC will provide both EMR and EMT certifications coursework in conjunction with the Berks EMS Council. This program provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue a career in public safety.

Industry Certifications:

  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • EMR (Emergency First Responder)
  • Exterior Evolutions Firefighting
  • Intertior Evolutions Firefighting
  • Firefighting 1
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • NIMS IS 100, 200, 700, 800 Series
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
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Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Black Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC Logo
· One Pair Short Cargo Pants – Proper fitting and no holesOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

One Black Belt

PT Uniform:
· One black sweatshirt
· One black tee shirt
· One pair of black sweat pants – proper fitting and no holes
· One pair of black gym shorts – proper fitting and no holes

· Black boots
· Black or blue socksPT Uniform:
· White socks and sneakers



The link provided for each book title will take you to Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First Year Students
Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (15th Edition) – by Frank Schmalleger

ISBN #: 978-0-13474-975-4


Third Year Students
Criminal Investigation:  Basic Perspectives (13th Edition) – by Charles Lushbaugh and Paul Weston

ISBN #: 978-0-13351-440-7

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Black boots. Black or blue socks. PT uniform: white socks and sneakers. 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
2″ White Binder 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $3.00 Walmart
Standard Pack of Tab Dividers 1 Level 1 $2.00 Any office supply store
Standard Sheet Protectors 20 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $0.10 per sheet Staples
ACE Protective Services

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Must demonstrate high level of emotional maturity
  • Disciplinary record must be outstanding
  • Must demonstrate a pattern of respect and self control at all times
  • Integrity & honesty
  • Problem-solving / critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Effective written / verbal communication skills
  • Physical & mental fitness – self discipline
  • Hand-eye coordination

Career Pathways:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Firefighter & Prevention Worker