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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Certificate

Location(s): Online

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The Emergency Management Certificate prepares students for a career in such areas as local, state, tribal, and federal emergency management positions in public, private, and volunteer organizations. All students must complete the core courses in sequence for the certificate program, with one elective class in an area of primary interest.  The certificate is intended to be completed in two semesters.

NOTE: Students who have a criminal background history may make it through the program, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the Emergency Management field.

Program Details

Pathway: Public & Community Services

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program any semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Criminal Justice, Emergency Management Certificate, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the certificate, plus one of the select courses and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 2

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 18

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 100 100

Approximate total cost for the program: $3,530**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Oversee emergency planning and training programs.
  • Coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts.
  • Navigate the administrative and technical demands of disaster and emergency management efforts.
  • Be involved in community relations activities.
  • Administer community grant programs.
  • Engage various sectors of the community.
  • Provide public information and warning to the community.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to get along with people.
  • Possess maturity and emotional stability.
  • Self-discipline to work in situations with little supervision.
  • Influence others without authority.
  • Ability to deal with emergencies.
  • Function well under stress.
  • Ability to function effectively in a political environment

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Students who have a criminal background history may make it through the program, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the Emergency Management field.
  • This is a highly rewarding field with a great number of careers, including Federal Emergency Management Agency, emergency management specialist, state training officer, emergency manager, preparedness coordinator, emergency management director.
  • This award is fully online.

Program Competencies

  1. Evaluate legal authorities related to emergency management.
  2. Examine the five mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery based on industry standards.
  3. Produce effective communication, verbally and in writing, using appropriate references and technologies.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to emergency management issues.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work with other agencies and organizations in a professional, respectful and constructive environment.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/pathways/.(2021)

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