Emergency Management and Planning, Associate in Applied Science

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 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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Apply Now

First Semester (15-16 credits)

ENG 100 - Composition I 3
EMER 105 - Incident Management 3
Science Elective 3-4 credits
Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, ADJ, AHM, AHN, NUS, MPT) 6 credits

Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
EMER 110 - Emergency Planning 3
Humanities Elective 3 credit
Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, ADJ, AHM, AHN, NUS, MPT) 6 credits

Third Semester (15 credits)

EMER 130 - Search and Rescue 3
MAT 100 - Intermediate Algebra 3
Social Science Elective 3 credits
Business Elective (Choose from DPR, BUS, or ACC) 3 credits
Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, ADJ, AHM, AHN, NUS, MPT) 3 credits

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

EMER 120 - Leadership and Influence 3
EMER 140 - Emergency Management Seminar 1
ADJ 202 - Terrorism: History, Threat and Response 3
Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, ADJ, AHN, NUS, MPT) 9 credits

Note: Some of the "program electives" listed above may require special admission.

Total Credits: 61-62


Emergency Management and Planning, AAS-09/2013 to present