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Serving the community as a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or emergency dispatcher, is not a job for just anyone. Studying this industry will help you build communication and quick response skills, plus the ability to stay calm under pressure. These careers in the public service field, in addition to others, are satisfying and in-demand.

Harper College offers several degree and certificate programs designed to prepare you for immediate employment or career advancement in public service, or to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree. 

Our student to teacher ratio is 19:1, which means you get personal attention from dedicated instructors.

Harper's on-site laboratory spaces give you the chance to get hands-on experience working through realistic scenarios and using professional equipment.

Transfer to a bachelor's program, or earn an AAS degree or certificate to start your career in public service.

Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of public service career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study a public service-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Video: Harper Promise Scholarship Program

Learn how you or your high school freshman can sign up for the Harper College Promise Scholarship Program and earn up to two years of a college education. Learn more about the Promise Scholarship Program


To get started with criminal justice, fire science, EMT, public safety, or other public service courses offered at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.