Emergency Management FAQs

 

GETTING STARTED

 
1 Q: How do I get started with the academic Emergency Management Program at Frederick Community College?


A: There are steps that you will need to take in order to get started. Go to www.frederick.edu/fema. Click on the tab "How to Apply and Register." It may be helpful to print the steps so that you can keep track of your progress/check off items as you complete them.

 
2 Q: How long does it take to receive my admissions/ acceptance letter from FCC after I apply?


A: You will receive your acceptance letter within 7-10 business days after you have applied to Frederick Community College via U.S.P.S.

 
3 Q: How do I earn credit for the Independent Study courses I have already taken through FEMA?


A: Start by visiting the website www.em-study.com. The conversion process is currently $80 per credit hour. From there the credits will be converted from FEMA Independent Study Credits to FCC College Credits. This conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. Please plan accordingly.

 
4 Q: What are my options after I have taken FEMA classes?


A: You can have your FEMA credits converted which will provide you with a transcript of approved college courses from a fully accredited college. You can use these credits towards a certificate or degree in emergency management, to boost your resume or to enhance your career. Click on www.em-study.com to begin converting your credits.

 

COST AND FINANCIAL AID

 
1 Q: What is the cost of converting FEMA Independent Study courses to college credit?


A: As of January 2014 the cost is $80 per credit hour. Please visit www.em-study.com for more information. 

 
2 Q: Can I get financial aid for FEMA classes?


A: Financial aid or VA benefits for FEMA classes are not available through Frederick Community College, because the classes are not taught by the college. Additional funds may be available through The International Association of Emergency Managers Scholarship Program at www.iaem.com/resources/scholarships/intro.htm.

 
3 Q: Can I get financial aid to convert my FEMA independent study courses?


A: No. Financial Aid is not available for the conversion of FEMA credits. Financial aid or VA benefits for FEMA classes are not available through Frederick Community College because the classes are not taught by the college. Students pay for FEMA IS conversion out-of-pocket and secure their own reimbursement.

 
4 Q: Can I get financial aid for an A.A.S in Emergency Management, for the Certificate, or the Letters of Recognition?


A: General education courses required for the associate degree, if taken through FCC, are available for regular financial aid and VA benefits.

 
5 Q: What is the cost for the Emergency Management modules?


A.The cost for modules are $25 each(subject to change).

 
6 Q: What is the 'out-of-state' tuition rate?


A. The 2014 tuition rates are listed here

 
7 Q: What is the cost to earn and Associate's in Emergency Management?


A:The overall FCC EM program cost varies according to state of residence and degree progress. The cost structure is as follows:

Up to 33 college general education credits may be transferred in to FCC for the AAS in Emergency Management. Assessment of previously earned college credits - no charge.

If you need to take general ed course requirements you may take them at a college local to you and have them transferred to FCC. You will just need to complete this for prior to taking the course. You will need to fill out a Verification of Transferability Form

A total of 23 FEMA Independent Study courses are required at $80 per credit hour for a total of $1,840.00 - subject to change.
Four modules are required at a fee of $25 per module or a total of $100.00 - subject to change.

One, three-credit internship at the tuition rate as applicable. In-County $456.35 or out-of-state at $1,122.35 - subject to change

Graduation application - no charge.

 

TRANSCRIPT QUESTIONS

 
1 Q: I have submitted my courses and paid for the conversion process through em-study.com, when will I receive my transcripts?


A: The conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. FEMA credits will be converted which will provide you with a transcript. You will receive this in 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. Please plan accordingly. You will receive 2 processing updates from Frederick Community College via email:

1-First email update-sent when your order is received from em-study.com at FCC for continued processing. This e-mail will contain an estimated completion date which is based upon the volume of orders received and previous processing times for Transcript specialists.

2-Final email update-sent when credits have been awarded and transcript(s) have processed. At that time transcripts will ship via USPS First-Class Mail® which is estimated to take around 3 days in most cases.

 
2 Q: How can I request additional official transcripts from FCC?


A: Once you have converted your FEMA credits you may request additional transcripts. Click here and fill out and sign the attached form completely. You may mail or fax your transcript request. Your request will be processed and mailed within 3-5 days upon receipt of request. If the link above does not work…

Go to www.frederick.edu, type 'transcript request' in the search box and select the FEMA transcript request form.

 
3 Q: I received my transcript with FEMA converted IS courses, what does "P" mean, is this a grade?


A: When FEMA courses are converted the grade listed is a "P" for passing. FCC provides a verification of successful completion of the FEMA IS course. A letter grade of A, B, C, etc. will not be assigned unless a student enrolls in modules through Frederick Community College which includes additional course work and a comprehensive exam. The cost to enroll in a module is $25. You must apply at www.frederick.edu/fema first, take IS courses and convert them to college credit through em-study.com, then sign up for the modules.

 

FEMA CONVERSION PROCESS

 
1 Q: How do I get college credit for FEMA IS courses?


A: Please see the list of approved courses here .Upon completion of the FEMA-EMI-ISP course(s) go to www.em-study.com and begin converting your credits. For FEMA conversion questions call (301) 447-1200, or you may send an email to Independent.Study@dhs.gov. This conversion process takes 20 business days or 4 calendar weeks. NO RUSH SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

 
2 Q: How do I take a FEMA Independent study course?


A: To complete the FEMA courses visit http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp and click on the course you wish to take.

 
3 Q: Where/How do I convert the credits?


Click here or type www.em-study.com in your internet browser

 
4 Q: Are all FEMA Independent Study courses worth college credit?


A: No. Please click here to see a list of FEMA Independent Study courses offered for college credit.

 
5 Q: The FEMA course that I completed is not listed as a course that is available for college credit. What does that mean?


A: Not all of the FEMA Independent Study courses are eligible for college credit. Only the credits listed in the "Courses" section of the em-study.com website are available for credit. Please click here to see this list.

 
6 Q: I am having trouble converting the credits on em-study.com, what should I do?


A: Contact EMI at 301-447-1200 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays). They are happy to assist.

 

TRANSFER QUESTIONS

 
1 Q: I want to take courses at a college/university local to me and transfer them to FCC, how will I know if the classes I take there will transfer to FCC?


A: Fill out and submit a Permission to Enroll form by clicking here . FCC's Enrollment Services office will review and determine pre-approval of courses you plan to take. This approval process will ensure that FCC will accept transfer credit for the successfully completed work. Please allow 3 business days for the answer.

 
2 Q: Which Colleges, universities and institutions Offer Emergency Management Courses beyond the Associate's level?


A: Please click the link below for a list of Institutions offering Emergency Management Courses. Staff does not provide college recommendations nor discuss the relative merits of the Colleges and Universities listed within this College List.

http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/collegelist/

Recognized nationally for our program, we have articulation agreements with Northwestern State University of Louisiana, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and Charter Oaks State College.

 
3 Q: Will my college/institution/employer accept credits from Frederick Community College?


A: Students are responsible for verifying with the receiving institution. Students from all over the nation use this program to quality their educational attainment and we provide a transcript verification of courses completed.

 
4 Q: Where can I find FEMA courses offered for college credit?


A: Click here for a list. Or em-study.com and select 'course info"

 
5 Q: Does FCC accept previously earned college general education credits from another institution?


A: The Enrollment Services office will evaluate and determine if/which credits are transferable.
Please mail a sealed copy of your official transcripts to:

Frederick Community College
Attn: Transfer Evaluation
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

They will be evaluated by the registration office. This process can take up to 4 calendar weeks. You will see the results of the evaluation on your PeopleSoft account.

 
6 Q: How will I know which courses from previous institutions/ coursework have been accepted at FCC?


A: Once your official transcripts have been evaluated you may view the results (your transcript credit report) in PeopleSoft. Please see instructions below.

• Self Service > Student Center
• Under Academics heading, click on My Academics
• Click View my transfer credit report
 

 
7 Q: Will FCC accept coursework from places other than another college such as military, EMS, Fire or police experience?


A: You may send sealed official transcripts that include military, EMS, Fire or Police experience after you've applied to FCC. An official transcript or training letter must be sent directly from the institution or training facility to FCC for evaluation.

 
8 Q: Are Ceu's the same as college credit?


A: No. You should not compare college credit amounts to CEU (Continuing Education Unit) amounts.

 
9 Q: Where do I send my transcripts for evaluation?


A: Please mail a sealed copy of your official transcripts to:

Frederick Community College
Enrollment Services
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

 
10 Q: How do I know if my transcript from another institution has been evaluated by Frederick Community College?


A: You will see the results of the evaluation on your PeopleSoft account. You will need to log-in and view your unofficial transcripts.
 

 

PLACEMENT TEST QUESTIONS

 
Q: I live out of state, do I have to take placement tests at Frederick Community College or can I take them somewhere else?


A: Frederick Community College utilizes the Accuplacer placement testing package. You may take the Accuplacer at a college local to you and have the scores sent to Frederick Community College. If you have previous English or Math classes you most likely will not have to take placement testing.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A. A.S, Certificate, Letters of Recognition
 
1 Q: What are the requirements to earn an A.A.S in Emergency Management?


A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management A.A.S tab

 
2 Q: What are the requirements to earn a certificate?


A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management Certificate tab

 
3 Q: What are the requirements to earn a Letter of Recognition?


A: Please visit www.frederick.edu/fema and click the Emergency Management Letter's of Recognition tab

 

HOW DO I ENROLL IN A MODULE/COURSE

 
1 Q: How do I enroll in a class at FCC?


A. If you have not already you will need to apply to FCC. Fill out the online application form. Make sure you select:

My goal now is to earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree so that I can prepare for a career.

You will then see a drop down menu and select: Emergency Management A.A.S degree

You will receive your acceptance letter within 7-10 business days of enrollment

* You must Request official transcripts from previous coursework sent to:

FCC Welcome & Registration Center
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702

(Note: Previous course work also includes college, military, EMS, Fire, Police experience. You must have a sealed official transcript or letter sent directly from the institution or training facility to FCC for evaluation). Be sure that FEMA courses have been converted then you may enroll.

 
2 Q: How do I sign up to take a Module at FCC (enroll in a class)?


A. Click here to see a current class schedule.

Position your mouse pointer over 'Class Schedules

Then select HTML REAL-TIME SCHEDULE. Be sure Choose the FEMA semester, and Emergency Management subject.

Write down the 4 digit class number for the modules in which you wish to enroll. Once finished, your next step is to enroll through your PeopleSoft Account.

 
3 Q: How do I register/enroll using my PeopleSoft Account?


A. Log into PeopleSoft here.

Once you are logged into PeopleSoft click

• Self Service > Student Center
• Under Academics heading, click on Enroll
• Type Course Number and click Enter
• Review course info, if correct, click Next
• Review schedule then click Finish Enrolling to complete registration process

 
4 Q: I've followed the steps but am unable to enroll?


A. Be sure that you have converted required FEMA IS courses for the modules prior to enrollment. If your FEMA IS courses have not been converted to college credit at www.em-study.com you will not be able to enroll until this step is completed. FEMA IS courses must post to your FCC account prior to enrollment. FEMA IS courses are prerequisites for the modules. For more information about how to convert courses see above "FEMA CONVERSION".

 
5 Q: How do I change my address, major or other information?

A: Click links below to change your address or major.
Change of address-click here
Change of major-click here

 

INTERNSHIP QUESTIONS

 
1 Q: Can I complete the internship requirement for the A.A.S. degree in my community if I reside outside of Frederick/MD, or must I travel?


A. You may complete the internship in your community. After you have completed 3 of the 4 modules you are eligible to begin your internship during an 8-week or 15 week session. You must first set up a teleconference with Douglas McDaniel to discuss all of the details. Send an email to emergmgt@frederick.edu to schedule an appointment. You are responsible to arrange your internship site at an emergency management office (local to you) found in a business, city, county, state, or federal level office.

 
2 Q: I already have experience in the field. Am I still required to complete an internship?


A: Yes, students are required to complete an internship to earn an A.A.S in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College. No prior or current Emergency Management work will be suitable to replace the internship portion of the degree program. The internship is facilitated remotely, and completed in this manner with our current students all over the world. This capstone course must be completed through FCC. You will need to complete three of the four modules to be eligible for the internship interview. You will then determine a solid EM project, four core learning goals, and a local work-site supervisor. Work must be completed under the direction of the college.

 

MODULE TESTING

 
1 Q: How do I know if the facility where I want to take my module exam is an approved test site?


A: In general, testing centers within most colleges and universities will be approved. Additional testing centers may be approved. Submit the Proctor Site Information Form through Blackboard and staff will notify receipt and verify approval. You must contact the testing center and work with them directly. Some testing centers may require that you make an appointment to test and there may be a proctoring fee. Please coordinate with the proctoring site directly.

 
2 Q: How do I submit the proctor form?


A. Step 1: Click on the link in BlackBoard and download the Proctor Site Contact Form, complete the form with your testing center information and email the completed form to emergmgt@frederick.edu so that you can sit for the exam. Once received, FCC will process the form and send the Exam password to your Proctor/Testing Center and will also return email you advising the form has been processed.

Step 2: Download the form, "Proctoring Instructions Blackboard QM.docx". Follow the instructions for taking your exam. Once you have finished your exam complete your certification, have the Testing Center complete their certification and scan and return the form to emergmgt@frederick.edu.

 
3 Q: Who can proctor my module exams?


A: Testing is overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees atest. The final decision on who qualifies as an authorized proctor is up to your instructor.

 
4 Q: Can an employer proctor my module exam?


A: No. Your exam must be overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees a test.

 
5 Q: Can my supervisor proctor my module exam?


A: No. Your exam must be overseen by an authorized, neutral, proctor, who ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. In short, a proctor is a proxy for the instructor, who oversees a test.

 
6 Q: Are the exams taken at the end of FEMA Independent Study courses the same as a FEMA modules?


No, the final exams for the modules are not the same as the quizzes for the FEMA IS-courses. However, since the courses cover the same content the questions can be similar.

 

VIEWING MY GRADES

 
1 Q: How do I view my grades for the modules?



A: To view grades: Log-in to your PeopleSoft student account

• Self Service > Student Center >
• Under Academics heading, click on drop down menu labeled other academics
• Select Grades from menu and click round >> Go button
• Current semester will appear, for a different semester click change term, then select
term and click Continue
• Click printer friendly page at the bottom of the screen to print copy

Please note - the College does not mail your grades - you must access them online.

 
2 Q: How soon after I take my module exam will grades be posted?


A: Modules are offered within traditional academic semesters and we need to adhere to the posted schedule to submit grades. Therefore, it is not automatic as soon as you take the exam. When the session closes, we have been given specific grade due dates for all our students, like all other college instructors.

 

GRADUATION

 
1 Q. When do I need to apply for graduation?


A. View important dates for application dates by clicking here

 
2 Q: How do I apply for graduation?


A: After signing in to PeopleSoft, choose Student Center. In "Academics" click on the drop down for "Other Academics" and select apply for graduation.

You may also select the paper versions
Click here for A.A.S Graduation application
Click here for Letter of Recognition Application