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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
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.
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
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.
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.
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 PolicyArkansas 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 Per Credit Hour
College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour
Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
College of Business$22.00
College of Engineering$22.00
College of Nursing & Health Professions$22.00
College of Sciences & Mathematics$22.00
Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour
Academic Excellence Fee$6.00
Student Recreation Fee$7.00
Student Union Fee$10.00
Required Term Fees
Arkansas Assessment Fee$5.00
Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)$20.00
Yearbook Fee (12 or more hours)$10.00
The student activity and yearbook fee are only charged in Fall & Spring terms.
High School Concurrent Enrollment (per credit hour)$40.00
Honors Fee (only chargerd in Fall & Spring)$50.00
Replacement Diploma Fee$15.00
The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
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
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 (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.Learn more >>