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A-State Will be Closed on Thursday, March 5

Arkansas State University will remain closed on Thursday, March 5 due to incoming winter weather. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will decide on their hours after campus conditions are evaluated Thursday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Healthcare Emergency Management

Graduate Certificate



The graduate certificate in healthcare emergency management is an interdisciplinary program that prepares professionals to effectively meet the demands of disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery.

The program requires 18 hours of graduate-level courses related to disaster health. Hours completed in fulfillment of a prior degree cannot be counted toward certificate requirements. Hours completed in the certificate program, however, can be applied toward the M.S. degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Students may transition from the certificate program to the M.S. program with permission of the graduate faculty.

  • Prerequisites


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

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
    • ICS –100 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 200 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 700 (comparable to associated country)
    • ICS – 800 (comparable to associated country)
    • CDLS (Core Disaster Life Support)
    • BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support)
    • TB Skin Test
    • TB Mask Fit Test
    • Health Care Provider CPR Card
  • 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.

    Applying to the Graduate School

    Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. To apply, complete the online application form from the Graduate School. Be sure to submit the required application fee, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Graduate School.

    Students wishing to complete the certificate must meet all of the needed prerequisites for the M.S. degree in DPEM. Students who are interested in pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Emergency Management must schedule a personal interview with a M.S. adviser.

    Staying in the Program

    Continued admission to the certificate program is based upon completion of prerequisite course(s), and acceptance by the disaster preparedness and emergency management agencies. Some of these agencies will require a background check.

    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

    Tuition Per Credit Hour

    Out-of-State (prior to Fall 2011)
    Out-of-State (Fall 2011 and after)

    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
    Technology Fee
    Infrastructure Fee
    Library Fee
    Student Recreation Fee
    Student Union Fee

    Required Term Fees

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

    Additional Fees

    Application Fee
    Clemency Fee
    Graduation Fee: Graduate
    Graduation Fee: Specialist
    Graduation Fee: Doctoral
    Replacement Diploma Fee
    The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Students wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in HEM must apply to A-State Online and meet all of the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. 

    Once accepted into the Graduate School, your information will be forwarded to the HEM program director.

  • Certificate Curriculum


    Each of the courses in the Healthcare Emergency Management Graduate Certificate are offered over 7 weeks within the regularly scheduled modules of the Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. Students can enter the certificate program in any module.

    Typically, one course for the certificate requirements is offered in each module. Each module will be 7 weeks duration.

    The 6 Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management Curriculum:
    • DPEM 5613, Radiological Emergencies
    • DPEM 6223, Epidemiology of Disasters
    • DPEM 6253, Multi-Agency Response in DPEM
    • DPEM 6273, Vulnerable Populations in Disasters
    • DPEM 6543, Pandemic Planning
    • DPEM 6553, Leading Hospital Response to Mass Casualties