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Associate Degree in Emergency Management and Planning

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Associate's degree
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About this program

Associate Degree in Emergency Management and Planning

The Emergency Management and Planning associate degree program is designed for individuals who are seeking careers that are related to management of emergency and catastrophic situations that are accidental, provoked or natural disasters. The primary focus of the program is to provide an educational vehicle and skill set for professionals such as Emergency Managers, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers or Medical or Allied Health personnel to approach emergency situations in a uniform fashion. The technical core of the program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage and mitigate emergency and disaster incidents. Individuals employed in the private sector as safety officers or security professionals can also develop and strengthen their skills and effectiveness by completing this program. The competencies and course content has been developed with significant consideration of the coursework developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state emergency management agencies and local emergency planning committees.

Program content

First Semester

  • English Composition I
  • Incident Management


  • Any Science Inquiry designated Science course
  • Program electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses)

Second Semester

  • English Composition II: Writing About Literature
  • Emergency Planning
  • Introduction to Information Technology


  • Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses)

Third Semester

  • Search and Rescue


  • MAT 120 or MAT 121 or any Quantitative Reasoing designated Mathematics course
  • Any Diversity and Social Justice designated Social Science or Humanities course
  • Any Oral Communication designated course
  • Program Electives (Any FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, AHN, NUS, ADJ, MPT courses)

Fourth Semester

  • Leadership and Influence
  • Emergency Management Seminar
  • Terrorism


  • Program Electives (Choose from FST, EMS, EMTP, AHM, ADJ, AHN, NUS, MPT)

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the institute website.


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Implement principles and best practices in incident management.
  • Develop plans and procedures for dealing with various emergency situations.
  • Identify the dangers associated with various emergency situations and apply the proper safety procedures for oneself and the public at large.
  • Recognize the role of first responders in emergency situations.
  • Explain the psychology of terrorism. Implement appropriate procedures in dealing with terrorism threats and incidents.
  • Perform procedures and protocol for search and rescue operations.
  • Communicate procedures effectively to mitigate emergency situations with first responder colleagues.
  • Employ critical thinking and problem solving techniques relevant to emergency situations.

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a "C" or better in all AHESN courses.

About this institute

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a public two-year college in Media, Pennsylvania, with a current enrollment of 12,500 students (including 200 international students from over 50 countries). Offering over 40 degree programs, students can complete a two-year associate degree...

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Contact info

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

901 S. Media Line Rd
PA 19063 Media Pennsylvania
United States of America


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