Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Completion

B.S. in Leadership in Emergency Services

No matter what’s fueling your ambition, we have the tools and structure to help you every step of the way as you achieve your goals.

In the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program leadership in emergency services major, you will gain the background and skills necessary to grow into leadership positions in fire, rescue, public safety, and Emergency Medical Services fields. This curriculum provides the coursework and experience for you to pursue a supervisory or management career in an array of emergency services agencies. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to apply for graduate studies in Jefferson’s Master of Science degree in Disaster Medicine and Management

Accelerated Program Features

Get the Credit Your Deserve: To be admitted, you must have a minimum of 30 transferable credits. You can transfer up to 72 credits.
Schedule for Your Busy Life: Eight-week terms; afternoon, evening and Saturday morning classes; and online courses enable you to schedule your education around life and career demands.
Learn from the Real-world: Experienced faculty give insight into the field, while collaborative projects help develop practical skills while building your network.


To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, you must complete a minimum of 120 credits. These credits are acquired through transfer of credits from previously attended accredited colleges, universities and institutes, and through courses taken at Jefferson. Specific course requirements are listed below. Remaining credits are satisfied with elective courses.

General Requirements: College-level courses in writing, math, science, history, social science, humanities, and information systems are required for a Bachelor of Science degree.

General Education Core: 15 credits

  • HIST-321 Business, Industry and Work in American History
  • HUMN-310 Globalization and World Politics
  • SOC-310 The Social Science of the Workplace
  • COMM-320 Professional Communication Skills
  • CSSEM-499 Professional Studies Capstone Seminar

Continuing Professional Studies Core: 18 credits

  • CSSEM-300 Professional Practice Seminar
  • MGMT-361 Leadership Theory & Ethical Practices
  • ECON-331 Economic Decision Making
  • STAT-311 Finding and Evaluating Statistical Data
  • FINC-323 Financial Decision Making
  • IT-201 Learning and Technology

*Major Courses: 15 credits

  • EMS-310 Emergency Services Law
  • EMS-320 Emergency Management Planning
  • EMS-330 Public Health Issues Impacting Emergency Services
  • EMS-410 Disaster Response and Recovery Planning
  • EMS-499 Theoretical Applications and Applied Project in Emergency Services Leadership

*Major courses for this program are only available at Thomas Jefferson University’s East Falls Campus.