Emergency Management FAQs

 
Getting Started

1 Q: I want to earn a degree, how do I get started in Emergency Management Program at Frederick Community College (FCC)?

A: Start your degree program in Emergency Management now. Thanks to our rolling admissions and multiple start dates during the fall, spring, and summer sessions, you can apply to FCC now and begin taking classes toward your degree program as soon as you’re ready.
  1. Visit www.frederick.edu/fema  and click the green tabs to review degree requirements. Choose a degree, certificate, and/or  letter of recognition.

  2. Go to www.frederick.edu/fema. Click on the green tab "How to Apply and Register” and follow the listed steps. It may be helpful to print these steps so check off items as you complete them and track your degree progress.
2 Q: How long does it take to receive my admissions/ acceptance letter from FCC after I apply?

A: You will receive your acceptance letter within 7-10 business days after you have applied to Frederick Community College via U.S.P.S.

3 Q: How do I earn credit for the FEMA Independent Study courses I have already taken through FEMA?

A: Start by visiting the website www.em-study.com. The cost to convert FEMA IS credits to college credits is currently $81 per credit hour (effective August 24,2015). From there, credits will be converted from FEMA Independent Study Credits to FCC College Credits. This conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. Please plan accordingly.

4 Q: What are my options after I have taken FEMA Independent study (IS) classes?

A: You can have your FEMA IS credits converted to college credit which will provide you with a transcript of approved college courses from a fully accredited college. You can use these credits towards a certificate or degree in emergency management, to boost your resume or to enhance your career. Click on www.em-study.com to begin converting your credits.
 
Cost and Financial Aid

1 Q: What is the cost of converting FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses to college credit?

A:  The cost is $81 per credit hour (effective August 24,2015). (subject to change). Please visit www.em-study.com for more information. 

2 Q: Can I get financial aid to convert my FEMA independent study courses?

A: No. Financial Aid is not available for the conversion of FEMA credits. Financial aid or VA benefits for FEMA classes are not available through Frederick Community College because the classes are not taught by the college. Students pay for FEMA IS conversion out-of-pocket and secure their own reimbursement. Additional funds may be available through The International Association of Emergency Managers Scholarship Program at www.iaem.com.

3 Q: Can I get financial aid for an A.A.S in Emergency Management, for the Certificate, or the Letters of Recognition?

A: General education courses required for the associate degree, if taken through FCC, are available for regular financial aid and VA benefits.

4 Q: What is the cost for the Emergency Management modules?

A. The cost for modules are $25 each (subject to change).

5 Q: What are the tuition rates?

A. The 2015 tuition rates are listed here

6 Q: What is the cost to earn the Emergency Management Associate A.A.S:Track I:online at Frederick Community College?

A: The overall FCC EM program cost varies according to state of residence and degree progress. The cost structure is as follows for the Emergency Management A.A.S:Track I:

General education and elective credits may be transferred to FCC from previous institutions toward earning the Emergency Management A.A.S:Track I degree.  FCC does not charge for evaluation of official transcripts for the awarding of transfer credits from previous colleges.

If you do not have general education and elective credits to transfer, you may take these required courses at a college local to you as “in-state tuition” rates are significantly less than “out of state” tuition rates.
To complete these course requirements at a college local to you, we suggest you submit a “Verification of Transferability Form” to Frederick Community College. This form is used to verify transferability and equivalency of courses from other institutions to FCC.

Tuition and fee scale » http://www.frederick.edu/cost-financial-aid/tuition-fees.aspx

Below you’ll find estimated costs based upon your state of residence and degree progress.

Choose the option which best describes your state of residence and degree progress to view an estimated cost to earn the Emergency Management A.A.S:Track I-Fall 2015.
 

1. Out-of-state student (non MD resident)-ALL general education and elective courses transfer and are accepted by FCC from previous college/university/military.

32 credits-General education/electives requirements cost$0.00-if all transfer credits accepted

$0.00

25 @$81  FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses

$2025.00- subject to change

FCC Modules  (6 total @$25)

$150.00- subject to change

3 credit- Internship at out-of-state tuition rate

1142.35- subject to change

Approximate TOTAL (updated Fall 2015)

$3317.35 +/-
 
 

2. Out-of-state student (non MD resident) - Need ALL required general education and elective courses and wish to take required courses at a local college and transfer to FCC. Must complete a Verification of Transferability for each course

32 credits-General education/electives requirements cost (if taken at local college) check your “in-county tuition rates

estimated +\-$6,500.00

25 @$81  FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses

$2025.00- subject to change

FCC Modules  (6 total @$25)

$150.00- subject to change

3 credit- Internship at out-of-state tuition rate

$1142.35- subject to change

Approximate TOTAL (updated Fall 2015)

$9817.35 +/-
 
 

3.Out-of-state student-(non MD resident)-Need ALL required general education and elective courses and wish to take courses at Frederick Community College.

32 credits-General education/electives cost (if taken at FCC) $418.77 per credit hr

$13400.64 subject to change

25 @$81  FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses

$2025.00 subject to change

FCC Modules  (6 total @$25)

$150.00- subject to change

3 credit- Internship at out-of-state tuition rate

1142.35- subject to change

Approximate TOTAL (updated Fall 2015)

$16717.99 +/-
 
 

4.In-state student (MD resident) - Need ALL required general education and elective courses.

32 credits-General education/electives requirements cost $192.77 per credit hr

$6168.64 subject to change

25 @$81  FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses

$2025.00 subject to change

FCC Modules  (6 total @$25)

$150.00- subject to change

3 credit- Internship at in-county tuition rate

$464.35- subject to change

Approximate TOTAL (updated Fall 2015)

$8,807.99 +\-
 
 

5.In-state student (MD resident) - ALL general education and elective courses transfer and are accepted by FCC from previous college/university/military.

32 credits-General education/electives requirements cost $192.77 per credit hr

$0.00

25 @$81  FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses

$2025.00 subject to change

FCC Modules  (6 total @$25)

$150.00- subject to change

3 credit- Internship at in-county tuition rate

$464.35- subject to change

Approximate TOTAL (updated Fall 2015)

$2,639.35 +\-
 
Educational Requirements (A.A.S, Certificate, Letter of Recognition)


A. A.S, Certificate, Letters of Recognition
 
1 Q: What are the requirements to earn an A.A.S in Emergency Management online?

A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the green tab Emergency Management A.A.S Track I tab (online program).

**Please note that the requirements to earn the Emergency Management A.A.S Track I A.A.S will be changing effective the Fall 2015 semester. **
Students applying in the Fall 2015 semester and after will follow the new requirements.  Click here for a printable version of Fall 2015 requirements.
Students applying to the college during the Summer 2015 semester will follow the current requirements.  Click here for a printable version of the current requirements.

Think of the A.A.S degree in 3 parts.

Part 1 consists of the general education credits and open electives, i.e., English, Math, etc.  Some students have previously attended college before starting here at FCC. We encourage these students  to apply to FCC and have their official transcripts sent here for transfer evaluation. In many instances, their coursework taken at another institution will fulfill requirements toward the EM A.A.S degree.  More information on this process is located here http://www.frederick.edu/fema. Click on the green tab "How to apply and register."  Follow the steps under PART 1 and PART 2. Many students are just starting out and will need to complete these requirements. Student's located out-of-state are encouraged to take these general education  courses and electives at a college local to them and transfer them to FCC since  tuition costs are is significantly less  in one's home state. 

Part 2 consists of the emergency management portion and FEMA IS course conversion. Students use their FEMA IS courses as prerequisites for module courses which are taught online by the college. Modules are 5 week instructor led courses offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  FEMA IS courses serve as prerequisites for the required module courses. Once you take/pass your FEMA IS courses online the next step is to have them converted to credit at Frederick Community College. This process is completed online via a contractor that works with FEMA and Frederick Community College. The steps to complete this process are listed here http://www.frederick.edu/fema. Click on the green tab "Credit conversion for FEMA IS courses."  In  4 weeks time these FEMA IS courses will post to your student record here at the college(fulfilling prerequisite requirements) which will allow you to enroll in the module of your choice. 

Part 3 is the required internship which can be completed after modules 1-3 are successfully passed.

1 Q: I’m local want to earn an A.A.S in Emergency Management?

A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management A.A.S Track II: Residency pathway tab.
Click here for a printable version.

2 Q: What are the requirements to earn an Emergency Management Certificate?

A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management Certificate tab.

**Please note that the requirements to earn the Emergency Management Certificate will be changing effective the Fall 2015 semester. **
Students applying in the Fall 2015 semester and after will follow the new requirements.  Click here for a printable version of Fall 2015 requirements.

Students applying to the college during the Summer 2015 semester will follow the current requirements.  Click here for a printable version of the current requirements.

Think of the Emergency Management Certificate in two parts. 

Part 1 consists of the emergency management portion and FEMA IS course conversion. Students use their FEMA IS courses as prerequisites for module courses which are taught online by the college. Modules are 5 week instructor led courses offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  FEMA IS courses serve as prerequisites for the required module courses. Once you take/pass your FEMA IS courses online the next step is to have them converted to credit at Frederick Community College. This process is completed online via a contractor that works with FEMA and Frederick Community College. The steps to complete this process are listed here http://www.frederick.edu/fema. Click on the green tab "Credit conversion for FEMA IS courses."  In 4 weeks time these FEMA IS courses will post to your student record here at the college(fulfilling prerequisite requirements) which will allow you to enroll in the module of your choice. 

Part 2 Enroll in FCC Modules. Each module is a 5 week instructor led online class that you will enroll in at the college. The  FEMA Independent Study courses under each module are pre-requisites for the associated module and must be converted to college credit prior to enrolling in the module. Please see the green tab - 'Credit Conversion for FEMA IS Courses' for information on converting FEMA Independent Study courses to college credit.  A final examination is required at the completion of each module.  This exam must be taken at an approved proctored test site.    

3 Q: What are the requirements to earn a Letter of Recognition?

A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management Letter of Recognition tab

4Q: I’ve noticed that some of the FEMA IS courses required for the degree are no longer listed online, what should I do?

A: Substitutions are available

FEM 128 (IS-208) is being retired. You may take FEM 215 (IS-930 and IS1900)-updated 6/11/15
FEM 141(IS-139) is being revised and should be available Fall 2015. In the meantime, students may take FEM 103(IS-120.a and IS 130)
FEM 159- now only requires IS-800.b-).-updated 6/11/15
 

 
How Do I Enroll In An EM Module (required online classes)?

1 Q: How do I enroll in a class at FCC?

A. If you have not already you will need to apply to FCC. Fill out the online application form. Make sure you select:

My goal now is to earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree so that I can prepare for a career.

You will then see a drop down menu and select: Emergency Management A.A.S degree

You will receive your acceptance letter within 7-10 business days of enrollment

* You must Request official transcripts from previous coursework sent to:

Frederick Community College
Attn: Transfer Evaluation
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

Be sure that the required  EMA IS courses have been converted then you may enroll. 2 Q: How do I sign up to take a Module at FCC (enroll in a class)?

 
  1. Log into PeopleSoft here.

    Once you are logged in follow instructions here 

4 Q: I've followed the steps but am unable to enroll?

A. Be sure that you have converted required FEMA IS courses for the modules prior to enrollment via www.em-study.com. If your FEMA IS courses have not been converted to college credit at www.em-study.com you will not be able to enroll until this step is completed. FEMA IS courses must post to your FCC account prior to enrollment. FEMA IS courses are prerequisites for the modules. For more information about how to convert courses see above "FEMA CONVERSION".

Fill out a Registration form and fax to 301-624-2799

5 Q: How do I change my address, major or other information?
A: Click links below to change your address or major.
Change of address-click here
Change of major-click here
 
EM Modules

1 Q: What is an EM Module?

A: EM Modules are required 5 week online courses taught by Frederick Community College. Students participate online via BlackBoard (web interface FCC uses for online and hybrid courses). Your module will become available in BlackBoard on the first day of the session in which you are enrolled. You will not be able to view your module/course until the first day of the semester/ session.

You can expect:
  • EM instructor support - online via Blackboard
  • Discussion boards (completed online via Blackboard)
  • One (1) to two (2) college level written essays (completed online via Blackboard)
  • Proctored exam (taken at a testing center)

2 Q: How do I know if the facility where I want to take my module exam is an approved test site?

A: In general, testing centers within most colleges and universities will be approved. Additional testing centers may be approved. Submit the Proctor Site Information Form through Blackboard and staff will notify receipt and verify approval. You must contact the testing center and work with them directly. Some testing centers may require that you make an appointment to test and there may be a proctoring fee. Please coordinate with the proctoring site directly.

3 Q: How do I submit the proctor form?

A. Click on the link in BlackBoard and complete the Proctor Site Contact Form with your testing center information .Once received, FCC will process the form in 3 business days and send the exam password to your Proctor/Testing Center and will send you a return email, notifying you that the form has been processed.


4 Q: Who can proctor my module exams?

A: Testing is overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees a test. In general, testing centers within most colleges and universities will be approved. Additional testing centers may be approved. The final decision on who qualifies as an authorized proctor is up to your instructor.

5 Q: Can an employer proctor my module exam?

A: No. Your exam must be overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees a test.

6 Q: Can my supervisor proctor my module exam?

A: No. Your exam must be overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees a test.

7 Q: Are the exams taken at the end of FEMA Independent Study courses the same as a FEMA modules?

No, the final exams for the modules are not the same as the quizzes for the FEMA IS-courses. However, since the courses cover the same content the questions can be similar.

8 Q: Are the exams taken at the end of FEMA Independent Study courses the same as a FEMA modules?

No, the final exams for the modules are not the same as the quizzes for the FEMA IS-courses. However, since the courses cover the same content the questions can be similar
 
 
Internship Questions


1 Q: Can I complete the internship requirement for the A.A.S. degree in my community if I reside outside of Frederick/MD, or must I travel?

A. You may complete the internship in your community. After you have completed Modules 1, 2, and 3 you are eligible to begin your internship during an 8-week or 15 week session. You must first set up a teleconference with Internship Coordinator, Douglas McDaniel to discuss all of the details. Send an email to schedule an appointment. You are responsible to arrange your internship site at an emergency management office (local to you) found in a business, city, county, state, or federal level office.

2 Q: I already have experience in the field. Am I still required to complete an internship?

A: Yes, students are required to complete an internship to earn an A.A.S in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College. No prior or current Emergency Management work will be suitable to replace the internship portion of the degree program. The internship is facilitated remotely, and completed in this manner with our current students all over the world. This capstone course must be completed through FCC. You will need to complete three of the four modules to be eligible for the internship interview. You will then determine a solid EM project, four core learning goals, and a local work-site supervisor. Work must be completed under the direction of the college.

 

 
Transcript Questions


1 Q: I have submitted my courses and paid for the conversion process through em-study.com, when will I receive my transcripts?

A: The conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. FEMA IS credits will be converted to college credits which will provide you with a transcript. You will receive this in 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. Please plan accordingly. You will receive 2 processing updates from Frederick Community College via email:

1-First email update-sent when your order is received from em-study.com at FCC for continued processing. This e-mail will contain an estimated completion date which is based upon the volume of orders received and previous processing times for Transcript specialists.

2-Second email update-sent when credits have been awarded and transcript(s) have processed. At that time transcripts will ship via USPS First-Class Mail® which is estimated to take around 3 days in most cases.

2 Q: How can I request additional official transcripts from FCC?

A: Once you have converted your FEMA IS credits you may request additional transcripts. Click here and fill out and sign the attached form completely. You may mail, fax, or scan to e-mail your transcript request. Your request will be processed and mailed within 3-5 days upon receipt of request. If the link above does not work√†

Go to www.frederick.edu, type 'transcript request' in the search box and select the FEMA transcript request form.

3 Q: I received my transcript with FEMA converted IS courses, what does "P" mean, is this a grade?

A: When FEMA courses are converted the grade listed is a "P" for passing. FCC provides a verification of successful completion of the FEMA IS course. A letter grade of A, B, C, etc. will not be assigned unless a student enrolls in modules through Frederick Community College which includes additional course work and a comprehensive exam. The cost to enroll in a module is $25(subject to change). You must apply at www.frederick.edu/fema first, take IS courses and convert them to college credit through em-study.com, then sign up for modules if you choose.
 

 
FEMA Conversion Process (how to earn college credit for completing select FEMA IS courses)


1 Q: How do I get college credit for FEMA IS courses?

A: Please see the list of approved courses here .Upon completion of the FEMA-EMI-ISP course(s) go to www.em-study.com and begin converting your credits. For FEMA conversion questions call (301) 447-1200, or you may send an email to  emstudy@jacobs.com. This conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. NO RUSH SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

2 Q: How do I take a FEMA Independent study course?

A: To complete the FEMA courses visit http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp and click on the course you wish to take.

3 Q: Where/How do I convert FEMA IS courses to college credits?

Click here or type www.em-study.com in your internet browser and follow the instructions listed by clicking on “How to Apply” link. This process is completed entirely online. Frederick Community College cannot accept FEMA IS transcripts for course conversion.

4 Q: Are all FEMA Independent Study courses worth college credit?

A: No. Please click here to see a list of FEMA Independent Study courses offered for college credit.

5 Q: The FEMA course that I completed is not listed as a course that is available for college credit. What does that mean?

A: Not all of the FEMA Independent Study courses are eligible for college credit. Only the credits listed in the "Courses" section of the em-study.com website are available for credit. Please click here to see this list.

6 Q: I am having trouble converting the credits on em-study.com, what should I do?

A: Contact EMI at 301-447-1200 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays).

 
Transferring To FCC


1 Q: I want to take courses at a college/university local to me and transfer them to FCC, how will I know if the classes I take will transfer to FCC?

A: Fill out and submit a Verification of Transferability form by clicking here . FCC's Welcome Center will review and determine pre-approval of courses you plan to take. This approval process will ensure that FCC will accept transfer credit for the successfully completed work. Please allow 3 business days for the answer.

2 Q: Where can I find FEMA courses offered for college credit?

A: Click here for a list. Or em-study.com and select 'course info"

5 Q: Does FCC accept previously earned college credits from another institution?

A: The Welcome Center will evaluate and determine if/which credits are transferable. You must first apply to the college and be degree-seeking in order to have an evaluation.
Please mail a sealed official transcripts to:

Frederick Community College
Attn: Transfer Evaluation
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

This process can take up to 4 calendar weeks. An e-mail message is sent to student’s “MyFCC” e-mail account to notify that the evaluation is complete. You may view the results by following the instructions below:
 
A: Once your official transcripts have been evaluated you may view the results (your transcript credit report) in PeopleSoft. Please see instructions below.

• Self Service > Student Center
• Under Academics heading, click on My Academics
• Click View my transfer credit report
 

7 Q: Will FCC accept coursework from places other than another college such as military, EMS, Fire or police experience?

A: You may mail sealed official transcripts after you've applied to FCC.

8 Q: Are CEU's the same as college credit?

A: No. You should not compare college credit amounts to CEU (Continuing Education Unit) amounts.

9 Q: Where do I send my transcripts for evaluation?

A: Please mail sealed official transcripts to:

Frederick Community College
Attn: Transfer Evaluation
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

 
Transferring From FCC

1 Q: Which colleges, universities and institutions offer Emergency Management Courses beyond the associate degree level?
  • A: Please click the link below for a list of Institutions offering Emergency Management Courses. Staff does not provide college recommendations nor discuss the relative merits of the Colleges and Universities listed within this College List.
    http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/
  • Recognized nationally for our program, we have articulation agreements with
  • Charter Oak State College (COSC)–Public Safety Administration Concentration
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)–B.S. Emergency Management, B.S., Homeland Security
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) - B.S. Unified Public Safety Administration : Emergency Management Administration Concentration
  • Capella University -  B.S. Public Safety

2 Q: Will my college/institution/employer accept credits from Frederick Community College?

A: Students are responsible for verifying acceptance with the receiving institution. Students from all over the nation use this program to quality their educational attainment and we provide a transcript verification of courses completed. Course descriptions are located in the FCC Academic Catalog.
 
Placement Test Questions


Q: Do I have to take the placement test?
You may be exempt from taking one or more placement tests depending on your academic history and your scores on other tests. You may submit exemptions either at the Welcome Center or the Testing Center. Please review the FCC Testing Center link here for more information.

Q: I live out of state, do I have to take placement tests at Frederick Community College or can I take them somewhere else?

A: Frederick Community College utilizes the Accuplacer placement testing package. You may take the Accuplacer at a college local to you and have the scores sent to Frederick Community College. If you earned passing grades in college level English or mathematics classes at a previous college you most likely will not have to take placement testing.

Q: Can I transfer placement scores from other colleges? 
 
FCC accepts Accuplacer and Compass Scores taken at approved testing locations.  Scores must be no more than two years old.  Scores must be faxed to the testing center directly from the college or university where the test was given. Accuplacer or Compass Test scores from high schools will not be accepted.

 
Viewing My Grades


1 Q: How do I view my grades for the modules?

A: To view grades: Log-in to your PeopleSoft student account

• Self Service > Student Center >
• Under Academics heading, click on drop down menu labeled other academics
• Select Grades from menu and click round >> Go button
• Current semester will appear, for a different semester click change term, then select
term and click Continue
• Click printer friendly page at the bottom of the screen to print copy

Please note - the College does not mail your grades - you must access them online.

2 Q: How soon after I take my module exam will grades be posted?

A: Modules are offered within traditional academic semesters. We adhere to the posted Academic Calendar schedule to submit grades. Therefore, a final grade is not posted as soon as you complete an exam. When the session closes, we have been given specific grade due dates for all our students, like all other college instructors.

 
Graduation


1 Q. When do I need to apply for graduation?

A. View important dates for application dates by clicking here

2 Q: How do I apply for graduation?

A: After signing in to PeopleSoft, choose Student Center. In "Academics" click on the drop down for "Other Academics" and select apply for graduation.

You may also select the paper versions
Click here for A.A.S Graduation application
Click here for Letter of Recognition Application