Public Safety Management Requirements

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The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management is an ideal program of study for public safety professionals seeking career advancement in the public safety industry. Admission to the program requires completion of a public safety-related associate degree, prior formal training equivalent to a fire service-related degree, prior public safety-related licensure or certification, or prior employment in a public safety-related field.

The program is offered at off-campus locations and is designed to provide practical course work in areas of management and supervision for public safety professionals. Public Safety Management offers a general degree option or a choice of three specializations: Fire Service Management, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management Administration. Public Safety Management students complete a set of required courses in the major and then select from one of four sets of directed courses to complete their selected specialization. Successful graduates are marketable for career enhancing opportunities that include public safety-related management and supervisory positions and other related fields.

The Public Safety Management program has signed articulation agreements with numerous colleges. Check with the Public Safety Management program for a current list.

The Capstone Option is available for eligible students who meet the Capstone criteria outlined in the Capstone Option section. Those seeking the Capstone Option must meet all eligibility criteria no later than the end of their first semester in the bachelor's degree program.

For additional information about this major, contact the Public Safety Management office at (618) 453-5701 or visit publicsafetymgmt.siu.edu.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Management

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 1 39
PSM major courses 48
Required PSM courses: PSM 302, PSM 305, PSM 316, PSM 332, PSM 350, PSM 383, PSM 387, PSM 388, PSM 421, and PSM 450 30
Choose one of the four options below:
General Public Safety Management Program 18
Upper-division PSM or other courses approved by program
Fire Service Management Specialization 18
PSM 360, PSM 390, PSM 398, PSM 406, PSM 410, and 3 hours of upper-division PSM or other courses approved by program
Emergency Medical Services Specialization 18
PSM 360, PSM 365, PSM 403, PSM 406, PSM 407, and 3 hours of upper-division PSM or other courses approved by program
Emergency Management Administration Specialization 18
PSM 365, PSM 407, PSM 410, PSM 412, PSM 416, and 3 hours of upper-division PSM or other courses approved by program
Approved Career Electives (Formal course work or its equivalent that is public service-related and technical, managerial, or supervisory in nature) 30
General Electives 3-12
Total 120

1 The Capstone Option reduces University Core Curriculum requirement to 30 hours for eligible students.

Certificate in Paramedicine

The Certificate in Paramedicine is designed to prepare students for the Illinois Department of Public Health License exam for Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic and/or National Registry Paramedic Certification.  Paramedic license and/or certification is a prerequisite for many jobs in public safety. The program includes classroom lectures, on-line components, laboratory skills training, hospital clinical experiences, and ambulance practicums. The guidelines for the program are based upon Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic national Standard Curriculum.

A Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients at emergency incidents and during transportation to medical facilities. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive emergency medical services system, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. Licensure and/or certification, as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic, is a prerequisite to enter paramedicine courses.

An Emergency Medical Technician Basic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide basic emergency medical care to ill and injured patients at emergency incidents and during transport to medical facilities. Emergency Medical Technicians Basic function as a crucial part of a comprehensive emergency medical services system, under medical oversight. They perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance.

Certificate in Paramedicine Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Prerequisites: valid CPR card for Healthcare Providers and Illinois EMT-B license or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Certification or equivalent, or PSM120 or equivalent.
Required Courses: PSM 201, PSM 202, PSM 203, PSM 205, PSM 206, PSM 207, PSM 208, PSM 209, PSM 231, PSM 232, PSM 251, PSM 252, PSM 271, PSM 272 30