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Emergency Services, A.S.

Requirements

Our degree provides our students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in obtaining a job in Emergency Services, or if already employed, to give them the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance in their careers.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
Complete the following:  
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology  (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government  3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 25 Credits
  ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing 4
or ESFF 100A Introduction to Emergency Services (3.0)  
and ESFF 100B Firefighter Physical Ability Testing (1.0)  
or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience  
  ESFF 2100 Introduction to Emergency Services Leadership 3
  Any Emergency Services advisor approved courses 18

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institution Any approved American Institution course 3
ESFF 1000 or ESFF 100A and ESFF 100B or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing or Introduction to Emergency Services and Firefighter Physical Ability Testing or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience 4
Biology Any approved Biology course 3
Emergency Services Requirement Any Emergency Services advisor approved course 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing- Hum/Social Science or  Intermediate Writing- Science/Technology 3
MAT 1030 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Social Behavioral Science Any approved Behavioral Science course 3
Physical Science Any approved Physical Science course 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Arts Any approved Fine Arts course 3
Biology or Physical Science Any approved Physical Science or Biology course 3
Humanities Any approved Humanities course 3
ESFF 2100 Introduction to Emergency Services Leadership 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Emergency Services Requirement Any Emergency Services advisor approved course 15
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 60

Department

Name:

Emergency Services

Location:

ES 217

Telephone:

801-863-7798

Email:

emsa@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/esa/

Chair:

Gary Noll

 
 

Mission Statement

The Emergency Services Department at Utah Valley University prepares practicing and future emergency service professionals through a program that balances technical skills, critical and ethical thinking, leadership, and effective communication. The department's programs address multiple emergency service educational needs, from professional certifications to degrees.

Degree programs and individual courses are designed to meet both state and national professional requirements, including those established by the Utah Fire Services Certification Council, the Utah Labor Commission, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

 
 

Emergency Services

  • Department Chair: Gary Noll
  • Office: ES 202a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7741
  • Email:  Gary.Noll@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Patty Perkes
  • Office: ES 202
  • Telephone: 801-863-7753
  • Email: patty.perkes@uvu.edu
  • Recruit Candidate Academy: Andy Byrnes
  • Office: ES 141
  • Telephone: 801-863-7721
  • Email:  byrnesan@uvu.edu
  • Paramedic/EMT: Steve Allred
  • Office: ES 119
  • Telephone: 801-863-7730
  • Email:  sallred@uvu.edu
  • Wildland Firefighting: Dan Cather
  • Office: FS 205
  • Telephone: 801-863-7423
  • Email:  catherda@uvu.edu
  • Institute for Emergency Services and Homeland Security: John Fisher
  • Office: ES 120
  • Telephone: 801-863-7732
  • Email:  john.fisher@uvu.edu

 

Advisors:

  • Bonnie Lamb
  • Office: ES 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-7798
  • Email: emsa@uvu.edu

Web: www.uvu.edu/esa


 
 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Federal Emergency Management Agency

State, County and Municipal Fire Departments

The United States Department of Defense

State, County and Municipal Police Departments

The United States Department of Homeland Security

State, County and Municipal Emergency Management Departments

Federal Fire and Emergency Service Agencies

Private Industries to include the Insurance Industry

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Public and Private Lose Preventions Positions

 Employment Outlook

Profession

Positions (Nationally)

Median Income

Emergency Manager

10,500+*

$70,500*

Law Enforcement

839,500+*

$61,600*

Fire and Rescue

344,700+*

$48,030*

Fire Inspectors and Investigators

15,000+*

$56,130*

*Current employment/salary statistics according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Class Scheduling

Emergency Services classes are scheduled to meet the needs of traditional students and firefighters working various shift assignments. During each semester, classes are offered during the day, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and online. For more information, call (801) 863-7798, or check our web page at www.uvu.edu/esa .

Program Requirements for Enrollment-Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA)

Recruit Candidate Academy courses include ESFF 250A and 250B. Enrollment is done by means of a program application process. Prior to enrollment students must:

  1. Complete all UVU admission requirements
  2. Complete ESFF 1000 with a grade of C- or higher
  3. Complete ESFF 1120 with a grade of C- or higher
  4. Be NREMT certified or complete an EMT course through UVU or another recognized agency/institution
  5. Show English and math competency through test scores or course completion: complete ENGH 1000 and MAT 0950 with C- grades or higher OR test into ENGL 1010 and MAT 1000 or higher
  6. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license
  7. Meet with an Emergency Services advisor for application

Certificate of Completion: Firefighter Recruit Candidate 

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C- or higher:

  • ESEC 114A, ESEC 114B, and ESEC 114C--Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (9.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing (4.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 1120 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (3.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 250A Recruit Candidate Academy I (8.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 250B Recruit Candidate Academy II (8.0 Credits)

Must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of courses for the Recruit Candidate Academy certificate, students will be certified at the Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operations levels through the Utah Fire Service Certification System. Students are required to complete an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level course. EMT certification is not required to complete RCA.

Program Requirements for Enrollment—Paramedic

Paramedic courses include ESEC 3110, ESEC 3120, ESEC 3130, ESEC 3140, ESEC 4110, and ESEC 4120. Enrollment is done by means of a program application process. Prior to enrollment students must:

  1. Complete Anatomy and Physiology (transfer credit accepted) with a grade of C or higher: ZOOL 1090 (requires BIOL 1010 as a pre-req) or ZOOL 2320 and 2420 with labs (requires BIOL 1610 and CHEM 1110  as pre-reqs).
  2. Meet the English requirement: Completion of ENGH 1000 with C- grade or higher, or placement into ENGH 1010 or higher (valis test scores).
  3. Meet the Math requirement: Completion of MAT 0950 with a grade of C- or higher, or placment into MAT 1000 or higher (valid test scores).
  4. Have Utah EMT certification that is valid through the end of the second semester of the program.
  5. Have current CPR certification.
  6. Successful completion of criminal background requirements (UVU and State of Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical  Services).
  7. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
  8. Have current vaccinations as required by Utah Bureau of EMS.
  9. Have current TB test results as required by Utah Bureau of EMS.
  10. Obtain a current physical examination.
  11. Complete UVU paramedic application process and be accepted to the program.

Program Requirements for Enrollment—Paramedic

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C- or higher:

  • ESEC 3110 Paramedic I (5.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3120 Paramedic I Lab (3.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3130 Paramedic II (7.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3140 Paramedic III (4.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 4110 Paramedic IV (6.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 4120 Paramedic Clinical Concepts (6.0 Credits)

Must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of courses for the paramedic certificate of completion at UVU, students will receive all or part of the following certifications/certificates: Certificate of Completion – UVU Paramedic, Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Hazardous Materials Awareness (eligible for state testing), Law Enforcement First Responder (LEFR), Fundamentals of Airway.

NATIONAL REGISTRY CERTIFICATION: Students will NOT automatically be recommended for the National Registry exams. Recommendation requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for all UVU paramedic courses.

Students may earn only one Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Services that is posted to the UVU transcript.

Faculty

Steven Allred(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, B.S., Public Emergency Services Management, Utah Valley University; A.A.S., Emergency Care and Rescue, Weber State University; M.Ed., Instructional Design, Utah State University.

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Rodger Broome(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.S., Psychology, B.S., Psychology, Utah Valley University; M.A., Ph.D., Psychology, Saybrook University.

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Andrew Byrnes(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, B.S., Public Emergency Services Management, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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John Fisher(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



B.A., French and Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Alberta.

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Steve Holley(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



B.A., Economics, M.P.A., Public Administration, D.A. (ABD), Economics, Public Administration, Idaho State University.

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Chris Lindquist(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



B.S., Behavioral Science, University of Utah; M.B.A., Healthcare Administration, Westminster College; Ph.D. (ABD),Organizational Leadership, Grand Canyon University's College of Doctoral Studies.

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Jeff Maxfield(1989)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Utah Valley University; B.S., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University; Ed.D., Adult Education/Curriculum & Instruction, Utah State University.

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Kevin McCarthy(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Utah Valley University; B.A., Criminal Justice, Columbia College; M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University; EdD (ABD), Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Liberty University

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Margaret Mittelman(2003)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Community Health, Utah Valley University; B.S., Psychology, Utah Valley State College; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Gary Noll(1997)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Department Chair, Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force; B.S., Technology Management (Fire Science Specialty), Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Eric Russell(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force; B.S., Management-Fire Science, University of Phoenix; M.B.A., Grantham University; M.S., Executive Fire Service Leadership, Ed.D., Organization Leadership,0 Grand Canyon University.

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