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Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Online


Program Overview

Learn More About Our Online Emergency Management Degree


Earn your degree in a field that empowers you to lead your community through emergency situations. Our 100% online B.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (DPEM) degree provides you with the ability to develop plans for response, recovery, mitigation and planning of environmental and health disasters.

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In this DPEM program, you will learn to identify risk factors and conduct assessments related to equipment and processes; study social, cultural and economic factors relevant to emergency management; and build the communication skills needed to guide organizations and communities. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between disasters and mental health—and the importance of respecting diverse populations when coordinating emergency management.

This well-rounded emergency management bachelor’s degree program prepares you for a role in federal, state or local government entities, such as FEMA; hospital systems; nonprofits that work in a response planning capacity, such as the Red Cross; or within a for-profit company that has a response planning group.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Organization and planning
  • Critical thinking and risk assessment

Prepare for a role in disaster preparedness such as:

  • Emergency Services Manager
  • Safety Specialist
  • Disaster Recovery Manager
  • Public Information Officer

Projected Job Growth:

Emsi Burning Glass projects a 4% growth rate of Emergency Management Directors over the next 10 years for the Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Louisiana region.

All degrees in the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management program are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Education, 11589 Skeet Club Road, Suite 102-109, High Point, NC 27265. www.caemhse.education

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Tuition

Financial Aid Packages are Available to Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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Calendar

The Schedule For Our DPEM Bachelor’s Program


Our B.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
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Admissions

Are You Ready to Apply? Check Our Admission Requirements


Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the B.S. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:

    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Courses

What You'll Learn in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Courses


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 60 credit hours of major courses, and 22 credit hours of electives. You can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

DPEM 1101: Introduction to Incident Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This course is an introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the nationwide template for all government, private-sector and nongovernmental organizations. Describes the history, features, principles, ICS organizational structure and the relationship between ICS and NIMS.

DPEM 1111: Introduction to Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This course focuses on resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the Incident Command System (ICS). This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS.

DPEM 1121: Introduction to CBRNE

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This course provides instruction on prevention and deterrence, chemical and biological agents, radiological materials, explosives, and the Emergency Response Guidebook.

DPEM 1703: Introduction to Community Response

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides information about disaster preparedness and weapons of mass destruction. Training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations is included.

DPEM 2223: Hazardous Materials Containment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The goal of this course is to enable students to identify, detect and categorize chemical, biological and radiological materials and explosive devices, as well as determine the appropriate equipment and decontamination techniques to use when responding to CBRNE incidents.

DPEM 2233: Principles of Healthcare Emergency Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Foundation knowledge in healthcare emergency management to include standards, regulations, organizations, government agencies and stakeholders; disaster planning; staffing and personnel; Personal Protection Equipment and decontamination; evacuation, isolation, and quarantine; ethical issues; financial issues; and public affairs.

DPEM 2303: Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course supplements the knowledge and experience of the student with a basic understanding of disaster management and the application of environmental health to disaster management and integrates their professional skills into a local-level disaster response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.

DPEM 2313: Pandemic Planning and Preparedness

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The Pandemic Planning and Preparedness course promotes knowledge and skills to effectively plan and prepare for a pandemic, culminating in a practical exercise. Steps for developing an effective planning and preparedness program and development of a pandemic annex are included.

DPEM 2323: Respiratory Protection

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Core information to develop, implement, administer, and sustain a respiratory protection program as defined in Code of Federal Regulations is presented. This course is at the site of a Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) hosting jurisdiction or department.

DPEM 2343: Emergency Responder HAZMAT Technician for CBRNE

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides HAZMAT responders with chemical-, biological-, radiological-, nuclear- and explosive-specific response skills, enabling effective response to a suspected incident culminating with performance of these offensive-level tasks in a simulated HAZMAT environment.

DPEM 2353: Global Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness Includes Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS)

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on global disaster preparedness around the world, including the economic, health, political, psychological, cultural and religious impact of current and major historical disasters.

DPEM 2363: Fundamentals of CBRNE Crime Scene Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course provides knowledge of proper implementation of procedures and guidelines for crime scene management when responding to a chemical, biological, radiologic, nuclear and/or explosive incident.

DPEM 3503: Principles of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An all hazards approach is utilized to identify legal and ethical issues, cultural, political and religious issues, collective behaviors and group panic, role of the media, effective communication, and identification of resources for persons engaged in disaster and emergency preparedness.

DPEM 3553: Ethics and the Law in DPEM

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines law and ethical dilemmas in disaster preparedness and emergency management. Includes human rights and injustices associated as well as codes of ethics in emergency management and public health emergency laws. Current and historical disasters will be analyzed.

DPEM 3573: Business Continuity in DPEM

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to create and implement business continuity plans for disasters and emergencies. Business risk and impact analysis, including financial and budgetary implications, inform development of a business continuity strategy, plan and mitigation practices.

DPEM 3593: Research Concepts in DPEM

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of historical research methods and design applied to disasters and emergencies. Prerequisites, must be classified as a Junior.

DPEM 4513: Physical Care of CBRNE Injuries

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Elucidates recognition, treatment and containment of Category A biological agents, chemical agents and radiologic incidents. Content discussion will include advanced principles of disaster management, worker safety, advanced triage, disaster effects on special populations, laboratory analysis and expanded mental health response.

DPEM 4523: Risk Identification and Prevention

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identifies actions communities, institutions and governments must take to identify the risk and prevent injury from man made and natural disasters, including acts of terrorism. Course topics include risk assessment, mitigation, surveillance, disaster epidemiology, emerging infections and socio political implications.

DPEM 4533: Disaster and Mental Health

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identifies evolving evidence related to the impact of disaster and mass violence on mental health. Considers natural and man-made disasters, short and long term effects and common treatment strategies.

DPEM 4553: Capstone in Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of skills and knowledge gained in the minor to the analysis of a specific need or problem and the design of solutions. Teamwork among various specialties with the field. Instructor permission required.

DPEM 4563: NGO Agencies in DPEM

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines non-government agency response to disasters and other emergencies. Cooperation and collaboration among the agencies will be analyzed. Pre and post-disaster planning as well as acquisition and mobilization of resources will be emphasized.

DPEM 4713: Advanced Information Officer

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

To prepare students to disseminate credible information to the media and the public during a public health emergency and to manage a Joint Information Center during emergencies. News conference exercises prepare students for a culminating practical experience. Fall, Spring, Summer.

You must complete 22 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program, and 15 of the 22 hours must be 3000 or 4000 level courses to ensure the upper-level minimum requirement needed for a bachelor's degree at A-State is met. Courses must be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course. If you transfer in more than 12 credit hours, you will not be required to take the Making Connections course. You may replace that 3-hour course with a 3-hour elective course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

You must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

You must complete 6 credit hours from this section. At least one course must be selected from MUS 2503, THEA 2503, or ART 2503, and at least one course must be selected from ENG 2003, ENG 2013, or PHIL 1103.

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 12 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, HIST 2763 or HIST 2773.

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 2773: The United States Since 1876

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

MDIA 1003: Mass Communications in Modern Society

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

HIST 1013: World History to 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The pre-modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that shaped societies before the rise of global interdependence.

HIST 1023: World History since 1500

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The modern world, with emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural processes that have increased global interdependence.

ECON 2313: Principles of Macroeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines national income accounting, inflation and unemployment, competing theories of national income, fiscal policy, the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy, and international trade.

ECON 2323: Principles of Microeconomics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of resource allocation, supply and demand, consumer behavior, costs of production, the competitive model, oligopoly, and factor markets are examined.

ECON 2333: Economic Issues and Concepts

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to give the student a basic understanding of our economic system. Basic economic concepts will be explored and contemporary economic problems and issues will be examined in light of the concepts learned.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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