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Homeland Security / Emergency Management Certificate Program

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Homeland Security / Emergency Management Certificate Program


The certificate program in Homeland Security/Emergency Management is designed to prepare students interested in a career in emergency management with the fundamentals of the profession while also providing emergency management professionals with needed credentials and current practices. The certificate of proficiency aims to equip students with an understanding of the essential principles of homeland security, incident command, and emergency management. Special emphasis is placed upon learning the principles of disaster mitigation and response as set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the National Response Framework (NRF).

This twelve (12) credit-hour course of study is provided online and taught by an emergency management professional. The courses required for completing the certificate of proficiency are:

HSEM 1003 Intro to NIMS and NRF [Fall]
HSEM 1013 Living in a Hazardous Environment  [Spring]
HSEM 1043 Principles and Practices of Emergency Management [Fall]
HSEM 2033 Citizen and Community Disaster Preparedness [Spring]

Course Descriptions

HSEM 1003 Intro to NIMS and NRF (3 SSCH) - This course introduces the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF). Upon successful completion, students will demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Further, students will gain knowledge of the planning actions that support preparedness, the actions that support a national response, and the organizations employed in multiagency coordination. Priority will be given to those students seeking a Certificate of Proficiency in Homeland Security/Emergency Management.

HSEM 1013 Living in a Hazardous Environment (3 SSCH) - This course is an overview of the natural hazards present in our world including floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and others. Discussion and study center on the causes of such hazards and the role of emergency management systems when such disasters occur. Priority will be given to those students seeking a Certificate of Proficiency in Homeland Security/Emergency Management.

HSEM 1043 Principles and Practices of Emergency Management (3 SSCH) - This course focuses on the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the emergency management profession and the principles that define effective practice. The starting points are current definitions of emergency management, the mission and vision of the profession, and the principles of emergency management. As part of the course requirements, students will be expected to complete certain EMI courses pertaining to relevant subject matter. Priority will be given to those students seeking a Certificate of Proficiency in Homeland Security/Emergency Management.

HSEM 2033 Citizen and Community Disaster Preparedness (3 SSCH) – This course focuses on developing awareness of the ways in which community-based preparedness programs strengthen the effectiveness of response efforts in the aftermath of a disaster. Topics include developing community resilience, assessing and mitigating potential hazards, and building relations among the various stakeholders in a community. Emphasis is placed on the examination of programs and partnerships that foster disaster preparedness with the general public and with special needs or high-risk populations. Priority will be given to those students seeking a Certificate of Proficiency in Homeland Security/Emergency Management.

These courses will transfer to Arkansas Tech University's Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program (see http://www.atu.edu/emergencymanagement/undergrad.php).

For more information about the certificate of proficiency in Homeland Security/Emergency Management, please contact:

Mikki Hastings
National Park Community College
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Email: mhastings@npcc.edu; mikki@clarkcountyoem.com