Public Safety Communications (PSC)

All PSC courses numbered 100 and above may be applied to the major field and elective requirement for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

PSC 105 Public Safety Telecommunicator (6)(6,0)

A basic course which includes the state training board's recommended curriculum for 9-1-1 telecommunicators (dispatchers). (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $822 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

PSC 206 Public Safety Answering Point (psap) (3)(3,0)

The course pulls together all information for previous PSC courses and integrates it to teach the student the process necessary for information gathering, call processing and method(s), call prioritization, and the composition of standard radio phraseology in accordance with general industry guidelines. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $411 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 105, or consent of program director

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

PSC 207 Pub Saf Answering Point Application (2)(.5,3)

This course covers the application of knowledge and skills acquired through the PSC 9-1-1 program. The students will develop their skills in information gathering, call processing, call prioritization, radio phraseology and multi-skill tasking in a simulated 9-1-1 center using a Motorola CENTRACOM II radio console and associated equipment. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $279 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 105, or consent of program director

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

PSC 208 Emergency Medical Dispatch (3)(3,0)

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the relationship, structure, similarities, and the differences among the components of the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS). It provides a generalist view of various response modes based on availability of resources within the community being served. Topics will include the history, philosophy, and content of the emergency medical dispatch function, the relationship regarding response protocols with law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services, and it includes the psychological and medico-legal elements, and the medical priority rationale in dispatch protocols. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $411 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 206 and PSC 207 or consent of program director; can concurrently enrollment in PSC 209

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

PSC 209 Pub Saf Answering Point Practicum (3)(1,10)

This course allows the student to experience the day to day activity of a public safety agency. The agency may be a public (9-1-1 center) agency or a related industry in the private sector. This experience includes rotating shifts and gaining experience in a live environment. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $411 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 206 and PSC 207 and PSC 208 or consent of program director; can concurrently enroll in PSC 208. Must pass a criminal background check by the interning agency and any other requirement of the interning agency

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

PSC 210 Telecommunications Systems and Tech (3)(3,0)

This course covers the basic theory of telecommunications equipment and associated systems that are currently being used in the public safety industry and the rules and regulations that determine the operation of that equipment. The rules of entry, modification, cancellation and location procedures for Illinois' Criminal Justice Data Network will be covered. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 105 or consent of program director

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

PSC 211 Career Management (2)(2,0)

This course offers a highly individualized approach to developing career management skills. Students will create resumes, write cover letters, thank you letters, complete job application forms and participate in an employment interview. Consideration will also be given to critical attitudes needed for career success. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $264 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

PSC 212 Legal Aspects/Pub Saf Communications (2)(2,0)

This course covers the legal issues surrounding the 9-1-1 industry which includes terminology, legal processes, Tort liability, Illinois Data Practices Act, and safeguards to minimize vicarious liability for both the employee and the agency and work effectively with officers of the court. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $264 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Summer

PSC 235 Issues in Pub Saf Communications (.5-3)(.5,0)

(.5-3, 0) Discussion and analysis of specific topics related to 9-1-1 dispatch centers. Focus of the class will be on day to day issues of telecommunications in the public safety sector and the interaction with the police, courts, fire, corrections, or private security in contemporary American society. Emphasis is on promoting dialogue between students and practitioners from different areas of the criminal justice system and public safety communications systems. Topics will vary. Course is repeatable a total of four times up to 12 credits. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2019/20 academic year)

In-district tuition is subject to change based on Board approval (https://elgin.edu/pay-for-college/tuition-fees/).

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PSC 105 or consent of program director

Semester(s) Offered: Varies