By Brian V. Bovyn, CEM, Adjunct Faculty, Emergency Management Program, Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland
Were you one of the many emergency management professionals left behind when IAEM changed the CEM certification application to a requirement of a baccalaureate degree? If so, now is the time to begin or continue your educational journey toward that goal.
You might be closer to reaching that goal of a bachelor’s degree than you know. Many emergency management professionals have successfully completed some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study courses. A wonderful opportunity exists for those individuals who either have already completed FEMA IS courses, or those who would like to, to have college credits applied to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in emergency management.
Frederick Community College (FCC) has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, allowing FCC to accept many FEMA IS courses for lower division (100-level) college credit. A potential student may convert prior learning to individual FEMA IS course credit for a $76.00 per course credit hour and have those credits transcripted by FCC. The courses transcripted may then be applied to an AAS degree or a certificate in emergency management. The total requirement of college credits to achieve an AAS degree in emergency management is 60-64 credits. Depending upon the number of FEMA IS courses completed for credit and applied to a student’s transcript, a student might be able to complete an AAS degree in emergency management in one to two years, depending upon the number of credits converted.
FCC uses a modular format which combines similar FEMA IS courses, and validates prior knowledge from previously completed FEMA IS courses, in a proctored exam setting in an official college testing center. Up to 24 FEMA IS course credits may be applied toward the 60-64 credit requirement for the associate’s degree. Additionally the student must complete 37-39 credits of general management education or course elective credits. Each student must complete an emergency management related internship to complete the final portion of the degree requirements for graduation.
This is a great opportunity to not only attain an associate’s degree, but also to gain some useful practical emergency management internship experience in the field, which makes a student more marketable in his or her employment searches and higher education pursuits. Sound exciting? It is! Begin your quest toward your CEM certification by contacting Frederick Community College today at (301) 624-2854, or visit www.frederick.edu/fema for more details.
Author’s Note: Thanks to Kathy Forrest, CEM, Emergency Management Program Manager, Frederick Community College, for contributing to this article.
IAEM Bulletin, May 2011
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