Institute of Public Safety

Prepare for a Career in Public Safety

The Institute of Public Safety (IPS) at the Kirkpatrick Center accommodates the growing need for skilled public safety personnel in Florida and nationwide.

IPS offers the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program and certificate programs in Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. IPS also offers basic recruit training in law enforcement and corrections–courses that lead to certification required for employment in those fields–and continuing education for experienced law enforcement and correctional officers. The Criminal Justice Technology A.S. degree program also resides under the IPS umbrella, though courses are offered at the Northwest Campus and online.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (B.A.S.)

Santa Fe College offers four-year degrees for students building the foundation for a lifelong career. Degree offerings are specifically designed to meet the workforce needs in North Central Florida.

A.S. Degrees

IPS offers two-year degrees for students training to enter the workforce with a competitive skill set. Credits earned for most A.S. degrees can be applied towards an SF's bachelor's degree. See advisor for details.


Career and Technical Certificate (C.T.C.) and College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.) programs can be applied towards SF's A.S. and bachelor's degrees.