Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Emergency Management and Planning, Associate in Applied Science

Effective for Spring, 2018

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 AHESN courses.

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.

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First Semester (16 credits)

ENG 100 - English Composition I3
EMER 105 - Incident Management3
Any Science Inquiry designated Science course 4 credits
Program electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses 6 credits

Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
EMER 110 - Emergency Planning3
DPR 100 - Introduction to Information Technology3
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6 credits

Third Semester (18-19 credits)

EMER 130 - Search and Rescue3
MAT 120 or MAT 121 or any Quantitative Reasoing designated Mathematics course 3-4 credits
Any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course 3 credits
Any Oral Communication designated course 3 credits
Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses) 6 credits

Fourth Semester (13 credits)

EMER 120 - Leadership and Influence3
EMER 140 - Emergency Management Seminar1
ADJ 202 - Terrorism:3
Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, ADJ, AHN, NUS, MPT) 6 credits

Total Credits: 62-63