Feb 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog

Emergency Dispatch Certificate - Academic Plan

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In an emergency, the first people to answer a 911 call for help are Emergency Dispatchers. Seconds after receiving an emergency call, these well-trained, highly professional individuals react to send the appropriate type and number of emergency services units in response to calls for assistance. They also monitor the activity of emergency services personnel at the scene. Emergency Dispatchers work in a variety of settings, ranging from police and fire stations to hospitals or centralized communication centers. Communication skills and the ability to work under pressure are important personal qualities for dispatchers. At the end of this program, students will be prepared to take the national certification test. Students may complete this 17 credit program in one semester or attend part-time. A majority of the coursework may be completed online. Students will spend time in the classroom practicing their skills in the state-of-the-art emergency dispatch simulation lab. For more information, please contact the Criminal Justice Department at 303.797.5980.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 17

Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
CRJ 1010   - Introduction to Criminal Justice: SS3* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CRJ 1025   - Policing Systems* 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CRJ 2001   - Emergency Dispatching* 5 No No Yes No
CRJ 2057   - Victimology* 3 No No Yes No
PSY 1016   - Stress Management* 3 No Yes Yes No


Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this certificate.

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