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Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Associate of Applied Science(A.A.S.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management



The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to enter professions in the field of disaster preparedness and emergency management.

The program requires 60 hours of undergraduate level courses related to disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery. Each student will select 11-12 hours in an emphasis area within DPEM.

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  • Prerequisites

    Admission Criteria

    To be considered for admission into the A.A.S. program in disaster preparedness and emergency management, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • Minimum GPA of 2.00 on all transfer work
    • Completion of the ASU admission application process with acceptance
    • Consultation with an A.A.S. adviser and a filed declaration of DPEM major
  • Admission Information

    Before You Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor early in their college career to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Calculating Your GPA

    All courses completed which apply toward the A.A.S. degree will be included in calculating the GPA for application. Courses that do not apply toward the A.A.S. degree will not be included in these GPA calculations.

    Staying in the Program

    Continued admission to this degree program is conditioned upon completion of prerequisite course(s) required, and acceptance by disaster preparedness and emergency management agencies for practicum experiences. Some of these agencies may require a background check.

    Online Courses

    Courses may be taken online from A-State. Transfer credits will be accepted but may not exceed 50%.

    Prior Learning Assessment

    Continued admission to this degree program is based upon acceptance by clinical agencies for practicum experiences. Students may earn up to 15 credit hours through prior learning assessment. See the bottom of this page for more information about prior learning assessment.

    Practicum Experiences

    Some courses will incorporate didactic and practicum or hands-on experiences with agencies and professionals in emergency preparedness and emergency management. Travel costs for practicum  experiences are the responsibility of the student. Some practicum experiences may require the student to travel to another state for up to one week.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, impediment/disability, or unlawful factors in the admission and treatment of students.
  • Tuition: Traditional Jonesboro

    Tuition Per Credit Hour


    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
    College of Business
    College of Engineering
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    College of Sciences & Mathematics

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

    Athletic Fee
    Academic Excellence Fee
    Facilities Fee
    Deferred Maintenance Fee
    Technology Fee
    Infrastructure Fee
    Library Fee
    Student Recreation Fee
    Student Union Fee
    Total Per Credit Hour:

    Required Term Fees

    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    Yearbook Fee (12 or more hours)
    Total Per Term:
    The student activity and yearbook fee are only charged in Fall & Spring terms.

    Additional Fees

    Application Fee
    Clemency Fee
    FYE / Making Connections Courses (per credit hour)
    Graduation Fee
    High School Concurrent Enrollment (per credit hour)
    Honors Fee (only charged in Fall & Spring)
    Replacement Diploma Fee
    Academic Probation & Suspension Fee
    The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
  • Tuition: Approved Online Majors

    Tuition Per Credit Hour

    US Resident

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

    Technology Fee
    Library Fee

    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Students wishing to pursue the A.A.S. in DPEM must apply to Arkansas State University and meet all of the admission requirements established by the university. Please apply at A-State Online.

    Students who wish to change their major to DPEM must also schedule a personal interview with a A.A.S. adviser.

  • Example Course Schedule
    The following is one suggested sequence in which requirements for the A.A.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management may be completed. Students should consult their advisor for a plan that best meets their individual needs.
    Semester 1: 15 hours
    English Comp I
    DPEM 1101, Intro to Incident Management
    DPEM 1111, Intro to Resource Management
    DPEM 1121, Intro to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Incidents
    DPEM 2233, Framework of Healthcare Emergency Management
    DPEM 2323, Respiratory Protection: Program Development
    DPEM 2343, Introduction to Hazardous Materials

    Semester 2: 15 hours
    English Comp II
    College Algebra
    DPEM 2353, Global Perspectives
    DPEM 2213, Principles of HAZMAT Response
    DPEM 2363, Fundamentals of CBRNE Crime Scene Management

    Semester 3: 13 hours
    Biological or Physical Science with Lab
    DPEM 2223, Hazardous Materials Containment
    Support/Emphasis Elective
    Support/Emphasis Elective

    Semester 4: 14-15 hours
    POSC 2103, Intro to Government
    DPEM 2313, Pandemic Planning and Preparedness
    DPEM 2303, Environmental Health in Emergency Response
    Support/Emphasis Elective
    Support/Emphasis Elective

  • Support/Emphasis Electives
    Lower Level DPEM Courses
    DPEM 1503, Introduction to Community Preparedness
    DPEM 1703, Introduction to Community Response
    DPEM 2243, CBRNE Incident Practicum
    DPEM 2333, Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2341, Clinical Implications for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2351, First Responders and CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2371, Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents
    DPEM 2391, Initial Response to Suicide Bomb Attacks
    DPEM 2402, Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies
    DPEM 2412, Command and Planning for Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies
    DPEM 2422, Extrication Tactics for Civil Disorder in Disasters and Emergencies

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning assessment (PLA), also known as Experiential Credit, is the term used to describe learning gained outside the realm of the traditional academic environment. Learning gained through work, employer training programs,military service, other independent study, and volunteer or community based service are all examples of where knowledge may be acquired. PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual’s learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education training.

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