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Emergency Management and Planning, Associate in Applied Science (EMER)

Effective: Spring 2016

The Emergency Management and Planning associate degree program is designed for individuals who are seeking careers that are related to management of emergency and catastrophic situations that are accidental, provoked or natural disasters. The primary focus of the program is to provide an educational vehicle and skill set for professionals such as Emergency Managers, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers or Medical or Allied Health personnel to approach emergency situations in a uniform fashion. The technical core of the program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage and mitigate emergency and disaster incidents. Individuals employed in the private sector as safety officers or security professionals can also develop and strengthen their skills and effectiveness by completing this program. The competencies and course content has been developed with significant consideration of the coursework developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state emergency management agencies and local emergency planning committees.

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all courses.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Implement principles and best practices in incident management.
  • Develop plans and procedures for dealing with various emergency situations.
  • Identify the dangers associated with various emergency situations and apply the proper safety procedures for oneself and the public at large.
  • Recognize the role of first responders in emergency situations.
  • Explain the psychology of terrorism. Implement appropriate procedures in dealing with terrorism threats and incidents.
  • Perform procedures and protocol for search and rescue operations.
  • Communicate procedures effectively to mitigate emergency situations with first responder colleagues.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving techniques relevant to emergency situations.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
EMER 105 Incident Management 3
Any Science Inquiry designated Science course 4
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6
Second Semester
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
EMER 110 Emergency Planning 3
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6
Third Semester
EMER 130 Search and Rescue 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Modern College Mathematics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Any Quantitative Reasoning designated Mathematics course
Any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course 3
Any Oral Communication designated course 3
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6
Fourth Semester
EMER 120 Leadership and Influence 3
EMER 140 Emergency Management Seminar 1
ADJ 202 Terrorism 3
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6
 Total Hours62-63


Scientific Inquiry designated courses.

Quantitative Reasoning designated courses.

Diversity and Social Justice designated courses.

Oral Communication designated courses.

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