Jun 17, 2024  
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

Public Safety Administration - Law Enforcement Management Services, A.A.S. (A55480LE)

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This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program. Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

The Public Safety Administration curriculum 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 safety and government organizations. Course work in diverse subject areas includes public safety administration and education, interagency operations, crisis leadership, government and agency financial management, professional standards, incident management, administrative law, and supervision, while providing a streamlined pathway that recognizes the value of previously earned skillsets and credentials within the public safety sector. Employment opportunities exist with fire or police departments, emergency medical services, emergency management organizations, governmental agencies, industrial firms, correctional facilities, private industries, insurance organizations, educational organizations, security and protective organizations, and through self-employment opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Analyze concepts and theories related to public safety administration.
  2. Apply leadership traits that provide efficient group and task management.
  3. Differentiate between public and private resources to effectively meet public safety goals.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of organizational dynamics through a law enforcement management perspective in real world situations.



Total Credit Hours: 15


Total Credit Hours: 12

Criminal Justice/Public Service Training Electives

Select 14 credit hours from the following:

(Note: Only 9 credit hours may be credited from the PST prefix courses)                                                                                          

Total Program Hours: 64-65


Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission will receive 18 hours credit for CJC 120-Interviews/Interrogations, CJC 131-Criminal Law, CJC 132-Court Procedures and Evidence, CJC 221-Investigative Principles, CJC 225-Crisis Intervention and CJC 231-Constitutional Law.

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