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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Homeland Security - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8290)

Course Category: 


NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.

September 2015 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify safety and standard operation procedures; state and follow rules for using the Safety Data Sheets (SDS); demonstrate procedures for the recognition and identification of hazardous materials; describe and demonstrate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in the classroom; discuss the criminal justice system and its history; explain selected elements of the United States Constitution; describe selected landmark cases that illustrate U.S. Constitutional Law; discuss the major court rulings related to stop and frisk, search and seizure, plain view doctrine, exigent circumstances, that affect the admissibility of evidence; demonstrate knowledge of the state and federal court systems and Pennsylvania crimes code and rules of criminal procedures; explain civil law, administrative law, and case law; describe types of defenses to a criminal charge; explain the similarities and differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult system of justice; explain how jails are similar to and different from prisons; demonstrate how to complete criminal justice reports; eescribe roles and responsibilities of the 911 radio dispatcher; describe the National Incident Management System (NIMS); discuss American law enforcement on the federal, state, and local levels; explain integrity and ethics within law enforcement agencies; describe civil liability in law enforcement; explain the individual rights of citizens and due process requirements; define laws of arrest; secure a crime scene, collect physical evidence, and maintain a chain of custody; explain the use of force and the use of force continuum from command presence to lethal/non-lethal weapons; explain vehicle code and crash investigation; demonstrate how to safely make high risk pedestrian/vehicle stops; demonstrate effective techniques for handling domestic disputes; outline EMS system to include safety/well being, medical, legal, and ethical issues; provide an overview of anatomy and function of all human systems to the practice of EMS; define medical and anatomical terms; identify age-related differences to assess and care for patients; develop an awareness of public health resources and the EMS role in public health emergencies; define pharmacology in EMS; explain airway management, respiration, and artificial ventilation; identify immediate life threats and injuries using scene information and patient assessment within the scope of  practice of the EMS; recognize and manage life threats based on assessment findings of a patient with a medical emergency; discuss causes and management of shock, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest based on assessment findings; provide basic emergency care and manage life threats based on assessment findings for an acutely ill patient; recognize and manage life threats for a patient with special needs; list the operational roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety; discuss history of fire science,  fire ground operations, and fire behavior; demonstrate the use of portable fire extinguishers; discuss water supply; demonstrate fire hose and appliances and ropes and knots; discuss building construction; define forcible entry; discuss fire prevention and the public; demonstrate Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA); identify nozzles, fire stream, and foam; outline rescue procedures and extrication; discuss ventilation,  fire suppression, salvage and overhaul, and firefighter survival; explain ethics and professional conduct; outline United States Homeland Security structure; describe terrorism as it has evolved in the 21st century; explain the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and its implications to modern day law enforcement; eescribe the roles of law enforcement in securing the homeland; and discuss the United States process for investigating and prosecuting terrorists.  Performance Component:  Adult CPR and AED (17%); BVM Ventilation (24%); Hazard Identification (6%); Donning a PPE and SCBA (17%); Traffic Stop and Citation Issue (25%); and Water Supply (11%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, or Homeland Security (12/15) (9/20 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.