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In the face of an emergency, community resilience relies heavily on planning, preparation, and knowledge. The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) at FCC provides essential knowledge for professionals to prepare for, respond to, and recover from local disasters and emerging threats in today’s world. This high-intensity field demands experts with the ability to forecast simulated threats, an extensive understanding of crisis situations, and the vigilance to launch response and recovery efforts in tumultuous environments. 

MACEM provides academic options including degree and certificate programs, delivered completely online for distance learners (Track I) and in a hybrid format for local students (Track II). Thorough programming provides a solid foundation for transfer students and prepares aspiring emergency managers for a successful career. Comprehensive courses deliver critical knowledge and practical applications. Across all industries, emergency management is fundamental to public safety and educated professionals are increasingly needed as future leaders.

Please review our program offerings below and contact us with any questions.
 

Emergency Management - Track I  Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year

Emergency Management - Track II Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Track 1 program provides a broad education in emergency management and focuses on preparedness and the skills needed to organize and lead emergency management operations.

Through a unique partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FCC utilizes FEMA Independent Study (IS) curriculum - consisting of self-paced online courses - to deliver this valuable program to FCC students. Students complete specific FEMA IS courses, follow a simple online process to convert the coursework to college credit and then enroll in 5-week online modules to satisfy Departmental Requirements. Visit Visit FEMA IS Conversion to learn more.

Individuals interested in Track 1 are strongly encouraged to first contact the Emergency Management Academic Program Manager, prior to enrolling and prior to each semester, to facilitate the process of carefully selecting and sequencing courses based on interests and educational requirements.
 
  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
 
Course  Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
Social Science Elective 3
Arts & Humanities
 
Arts & Humanities Elective(GenEd course list) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Science Elective (GenEd course list)  3/4
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 6
PE/Health Requirements 1/3
Departmental Requirements
 
EM Module 1A: Foundations of Emergency Management (5-week online class) 3
    FEM 113–Comprehensive Emergency Management (IS-1.a)
 
    FEM 131–Principles of Emergency Management (IS-230.d)
 
    FEM 151–National Incident Management System (NIMS) (IS-700.a, 702.a, and 703.a)
 
EM Module 2A: Emergency Management Coordination (5-week online class) 3
    FEM 215–Disaster Medical Coordination, Monitoring and Surveillance (IS-930)
 
    ​FEM 161–Emergency Operations Center (IS-775)
 
    ​FEM 150–Incident Command System (IS-100.b and 200.b)
 
EM Module 3A: Leadership and Management (5-week online class) 3
    FEM 132–Introduction to Leadership and Influence (IS-240.b)
 
    ​FEM 133–Decision Making & Problem Solving (IS-241.b)
 
    FEM 134–Effective Communication (IS-242.b)
 
EM Module 4A: Planning and Response (5-week online class) 3
    FEM 140–Emergency Planning (IS-235.b)
 
    ​FEM 159–National Response Framework (IS-800.b)
 
    FEM 174–Disaster Response Operations (IS-26, 102.c, 293, and 634)
 
EM Module 5A: Emergency Management Mitigation (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 157–Hazard Mitigation (IS-393.a)
 
    ​FEM 186–Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Workforce Basics (IS-319, 320, 321, 322 323)    
 
    ​FEM 173–Continuity of Operations Planning (IS-546.a, 547.a, 548 and 550)
 
EM Module 6A: Recovery and Assessment (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 201–National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview (IS-2900)
 
    FEM 179–Emergency Management Recovery (IS-212.a, 395 and 559)
 
    FEM 103–Community Disaster Exercise (IS120.a and IS-130)
 
Other Requirements
 
INTR 103–Internship: Emergency Management Capstone 3
FEM Electives (Select 7 credits from FEM courses not listed above) 7
Electives 10
Total 60
 
 
Transfer Note:
FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students
graduating with an A.A.S. in Emergency Management and who are looking
for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact Douglas McDaniel
Academic Program Manager, 240.629.7952.
• American Public University (APU) – B.A. Emergency and Disaster Management
• Charter Oak State College (COSC)–Public Safety Administration Concentration
• University of Maryland University College (UMUC)–B.S. Public Safety
Administration
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

For more information on taking FEM courses in this program, please visit the FEMA Web site: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/
 
 

Track 2 provides a broad education in emergency management and focuses on preparedness and skills needed to organize and lead emergency management operations. The program offers regional students the option to earn a degree in a hybrid format - a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Individuals interested in Track 2 are strongly encouraged to first contact the Emergency Management Academic Program Manager, prior to enrolling and prior to each semester, to facilitate the process of carefully selecting and sequencing courses based on interests and educational requirements.


  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html
Course Credits
English
 
EN101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
Social Science Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Arts & Humanities
 
Arts & Humanities & Communications Elective (GenEd course list)* 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Science Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues
 
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 3
General Education Elective  (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Elective (Wellness elective satisfies this requirement)  
Departmental Requirements 
 
ID 225–Disaster, Crisis, and Emergency Management 3
EM 102–Emergency Management Planning 3
EM 104–Disaster Response and Recovery 3
EM 106–Mitigation and Hazard Management 3
EM 110–Federal Emergency Management 3
EM 120–Introduction to Homeland Security 3
EM 130–Integrated Emergency Management 3
EM 201–Research and Technology in Emergency Management 3
EM 203–Social Impacts of Disaster 3
EM 205–Emergency Management Leadership 3
EM 210–Emergency Management Capstone 3
Electives
 
Elective Course 6
Total 60
The certificate program provides a broad education in emergency management and focuses on preparedness and the skills needed to organize and lead emergency management operations.
 
Through a unique partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FCC utilizes FEMA Independent Study (IS) curriculum - consisting of self-paced online courses - to deliver this valuable program to FCC students. Students complete specific FEMA IS courses, follow a simple online process to convert the coursework to college credit and then enroll in 5-week online modules to receive the Emergency Management Certificate. Visit FEMA IS Conversion to learn more.
 
Individuals interested in earning an Emergency Management Certificate are strongly encouraged to first contact the Emergency Management Academic Program Manager, prior to enrolling and prior to each semester, to facilitate the process while carefully selecting and sequencing courses based on interests and educational requirements.

The FEMA IS credit conversion process takes place in three (3) environments.
  1. FEMA website: Take FEMA IS courses online at http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
  2. EMI/Jacobs (www.em-study.com): online site where you go to convert FEMA IS courses to college credit.
  3. Frederick Community College (FCC): where FCC Modules are completed.
 
Course Credits
Departmental Requirements
 
EM Module 1A: Foundations of Emergency Management (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 113–Comprehensive Emergency Management (IS-1.a)
 
    ​FEM 131–Principles of Emergency Management (IS-230.d)
 
    ​FEM 151–National Incident Management System (NIMS) (IS-700.a, 702.a, and 703.a)
 
EM Module 2A: Emergency Management Coordination (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 215–Disaster Medical Coordination, Monitoring, and Surveillance (IS-930)
 
    ​​FEM 161–Emergency Operations Center (IS-775)
 
    ​​FEM 150–Incident Command System (IS-100.b and 200.b)
 
EM Module 3A: Leadership and Management (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 132–Introduction to Leadership and Influence (IS-240.b)
 
    ​​FEM 133–Decision Making & Problem Solving (IS-241.b)
 
    ​​FEM 134–Effective Communication (IS-242.b)
 
EM Module 4A: Planning and Response (5-week online class) 3
    ​FEM 140–Emergency Planning (IS-235.b)
 
    ​​FEM 159–National Response Framework (IS-800.b)
 
    ​​FEM 174–Disaster Response Operations (IS-26, 102.c, 293, and 634)
 
EM Module 5A: Emergency Management Mitigation (5-week online class) 3
    ​​FEM 157–Hazard Mitigation (IS-393.a)
 
    ​FEM 186–Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Workforce Basics (IS-319, 320, 321, 322 and 323)
 
    ​FEM 173–Continuity of Operations Planning (IS-546.a, 547.a, 548 and 550)
 
EM Module 6A: Recovery and Assessment (5-week online class) 3
    ​​FEM 201–National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview (IS-2900)
 
    ​​FEM 179–Emergency Management Recovery (IS-212.a, 395 and 559)
 
    ​FEM 103-National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview (IS 120.a and IS-130)
 
Other Requirements
 
FEM Electives (Select 8 credits from FEM courses not listed above) 8
Total 26

 
Delivering basic emergency management skills and experience pertinent to immediate entry-level employment in the field, the Emergency Management LOR utilizes specific FEMA IS curriculum in a condensed 6-8 credit program.
 
Through a unique partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FCC utilizes FEMA Independent Study (IS) curriculum - consisting of self-paced online courses - to deliver this valuable program to FCC students. Students complete specific FEMA IS courses, follow a simple online process to convert the coursework to college credit and then enroll in a 5-week online module to receive the Emergency Management Letter of Recognition. Visit FEMA IS Conversion to learn more.
 
Individuals interested in earning an Emergency Management Letter of Recognition are strongly encouraged to first contact the Emergency Management Academic Program Manager, prior to enrolling, to facilitate the process while carefully selecting courses based on interests and educational requirements.

 
Requirements Credits
FEM 113–Comprehensive Emergency Management 1
FEM 131–Principles of Emergency Management 1
Select a module of instruction approved by the program manager.
Modular exam must be passed.
4/6
Total 6/8

Note: After completing FEM Module courses indicated above, students must pass a comprehensive exam on that module.

Click here for details on the modules available.  


 
PART 1: Frederick Community College Admission
  1. Apply for admission to FCC online. Select "My goal now is to earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree to prepare for a career" and then "Emergency Management A.A.S. degree"

  2. Request official transcripts with previous course work from college, military, EMS, Fire and/or Police experience (see Part 2 below.) Ensure official transcripts or letters are mailed from the institution or training facility directly to FCC:

    Frederick Community College
    Registration and Records Center
    7932 Opossumtown Pike • Frederick, MD 21702

  3. An acceptance letter will then arrive to you via US mail. Upon receipt, visit FCC online and follow the steps to begin enrolling in courses.

  4. Send an email to Emergency Management to inform us you have applied to MACEM's Emergency Management program. An Emergency Management advisor will then contact you to schedule a 20-minute teleconference advising session to prepare you for success at FCC.

PART 2: General Education, Transfers and Conversion Information
  • General Education courses (e.g. English, Math, History, etc.)
    • FCC offers General Education courses on campus and online. (Maryland residents qualify for in-county tuition rates. See class schedules for details.)
    • General Education courses completed at a local college or university are eligible for transfer to FCC. (FEMA courses meet FCC in-residency requirements.)
  • Request review and pre-approval for courses completed at an institution other than FCC using the FCC Permission to Enroll: Verification of Transferability form. Transcript evaluations are conducted in the FCC registration office and results appear in PeopleSoft student accounts online within approximately 4 weeks.

PART 3: Emergency Management Modules
 
Overview
Modules are a specific set of classes focusing on a single topic and include a final exam element. Completed online within a 5-week timeframe, modules are taken after pre-requisite FEMA IS courses have been completed and converted to college credit.
 
Enrollment
Prior to enrolling, complete the Module pre-requisite FEMA IS courses and convert the courses to college credits. Go to your PeopleSoft account to verify conversion of the FEMA IS courses via PeopleSoft and then register for a Module course. (All required FEMA IS courses must be complete and converted prior to enrollment in a Module.)
 
Modules are administered during 5-week sessions within FCC Academic semesters. If a Module is not successfully completed during the 5-week session in which you enrolled, it may not be taken again until the first 5-week session in the following semester. Review the Frederick Community College Academic Calendar to plan accordingly. If you enrolled at FCC prior to August 2008, please contact MACEM directly at Emergency Management to request a module.
Access and Completion
All Modules are administered online through Blackboard, an online learning management system. To get started, enter your Username and Password as noted below.
 
USERNAME
All Students: W before your student ID number (i.e.W123456)
 
PASSWORD
New Students: first two letters of last name and last five digits of student ID (i.e. sm23456)
Returning Students: last four digits of your student ID (i.e. 3456)
 
At the start of the 5-week session, the module appears in Blackboard under “My Courses.” Click on the course and orient yourself with the site, read through course documents detailing proctor instructions and submit “Proctor Site Contact Information” to the assignment folder of the same name.
 
Upon completion of the module, you will receive an email directing you to contact the proctor site to coordinate the exam.
 
PART 4: Emergency Management Internship
 
INTR103: Internship
Students pursuing an Emergency Management Associate of Applied Science degree are required to complete INTR103, a 3-credit internship course. The internship, requiring a minimum of 135 hours, may be completed during an 8-week (17 hours/week) or 15-week (9 hours/week) session of a pre-determined semester.
 
Eligibility
Students may register for INTR 103 after successful completion of Modules 1, 2, and 3. Be sure to review the Internship Workbook, an in-depth manual providing direction, requirements, and forms to utilize throughout the course. Eligible students must then contact the Internship Coordinator to schedule an Internship Planning Meeting to discuss internship plans.
 
Registration
Following the planning meeting, students arrange an internship with a local emergency management entity: a business, municipality, state or federal level agency/office. Following preliminary arrangements, students are required to submit an Internship Plan to the Internship Coordinator to receive approval and complete course registration.
 
Guidelines
Internships must entail Emergency Management experience in a field unrelated to previous or current experience. The internship cannot be performed as part of your normal duty and/or current employment. Students with previous or current emergency management experience are not exempt from completing this required course.
 
PART 5: Graduation
 
Congratulations! To acknowledge all your hard work and accomplishments, students are encouraged to:
  • Request a graduation appointment with your Emergency Management program manager.
  • Confirm all requirements for an Emergency Management A.A.S., Certification or Letter of Recognition have been met.
  • Complete an FCC Graduation Application
  • Participate in an FCC graduation ceremony to receive recognition
Please note, formal student diplomas are mailed to students within 90 days of degree confer dates.
 
Thank you for working toward your future at FCC. It has been a pleasure assisting you on your journey.

 
Non-Discrimination Statement
 
The college prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, religion, gender, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability of otherwise qualified individuals and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.
 

In support of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA goals, the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced online Independent Study (IS) courses free of charge to individuals with emergency management responsibilities.

As a proud FEMA partner, Frederick Community College (FCC) awards college credit to individuals upon successful completion of FEMA IS courses meeting college rigor.  Course credits may be applied toward an academic credential including an Emergency Management degree, Certificate, or Letter of Recognition and often satisfy professional development requirements set by various employers, departments and agencies.

 

Converting FEMA IS Courses to College Credit

 
1. Review FCC Semester Date Information below

  • Students are responsible for confirming that college credit will be received within the desired academic semester
2. Complete FEMA-EMI-IS program courses at training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
  • Prior to enrollment, ensure that program requirements align with desired student outcomes
  • Select courses that are available for college credit
  • Questions? Contact FEMA at 301-447-1200 or email emstudy@jacobs.com
3. Convert coursework and order college credit at em-study.com
  • Credit conversion cost is $82 per credit (effective 6/1/16)
  • Orders are submitted to FCC on the student’s behalf
  • Questions? Contact FEMA at 301-447-1200 or email emstudy@jacobs.com
4. Receive an FCC transcript reflecting college credit
  • A student record is created and/or updated with courses posted as one (1) college credit with a ‘P’ for Passing (‘P’ is equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or better and does not factor into calculating a student’s GPA).
  • Two separate emails are sent to the student with processing/status updates: the first is sent upon receipt of the order and the second is sent when transcripts have been shipped
  • Allow at least four weeks for processing – rush service is not available
  • Questions? Contact FCC at 301-624-2854 or by email

 

Semester Dates and Ordering Information

 
Fall 2016 Semester (8/22/16-1/22/17)
Step 3 must be completed between 8/22/16 and 1/22/17 to receive credits within the 2016 fall semester.

 
Summer 2016 Semester (6/6/16-8/21/16)
Step 3 must have been completed between 6/6/16 and 8/21/16 to receive credits within the 2016 summer semester.
 
Spring 2016 Semester (1/25/16-6/5/16)
Step 3 must have been completed between 1/25/16 and 6/5/16 to receive credits within the 2016 spring semester.

Emergency Management AAS

Upon successful completion of the program, Emergency Management students are able to:
  • Differentiate organizational roles and responsibilities of government agencies during all phases of the Emergency Management (EM) cycle.
  • Navigate multi-disciplinary organizational structures to identify local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Resources.
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information to identify possible outcomes of a potential or actual event and recommend solutions.
  • Identify a variety of EM problems and develop an inventory of possible solutions to those problems based on established EM techniques, successful historical solutions and the cost/benefit of each option.
  • Provide organized, clear and concise EM information.
  • Utilize specific EM terminology and concepts in a manner appropriate to professional EM analysis and problem solving.
  • Identify leadership techniques and change management models for effective EM.
For students seeking transfer opportunities, FCC is proud to present articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A.S. in Emergency Management. 
  • American Public University System (APUS)- B.A Emergency and Disaster
  • Capella University (CU) -  B.S. Public Safety
  • Charter Oak State College (COSC)–Public Safety Administration Concentration
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) - B.S. Unified Public Safety Administration : Emergency Management Administration Concentration
  • Rowan University
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)–B.S. Emergency Management, B.S., Homeland Security
 
Please contact the FCC Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471 for additional information.