8: FEMA College Credit

If you have been to the FEMA independent study website you may have noticed that academic credit is available for many of these courses.  Frederick Community College in Maryland, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, is a school similar to District 3’s Clark State, Edison or Sinclair Community Colleges.  It has partnered with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute to offer up to 50 semester hours of undergraduate credit for online courses.

After completing qualifying courses at the EMI website, you can switch over to a non-governmental site, www.em-study.com.  There you can buy semester hour credits from Frederick Community College.  Not only is the cost of these credits less than at our community colleges, you won’t need to purchase textbooks, pay student fees or obtain a parking pass.

To use the previously discussed IS-100.b and 200.b as examples, a student completing both courses may purchase the one semester hour Frederick course FEM 150, Incident Command System.  The same student completing IS-700.a, 702.a and 703.a may buy FEM 151, National Incident Management System.

If you intend to use these credits to work toward an undergraduate degree, make sure that the college granting your degree will accept these Frederick Community College transfer credits.  Many schools will, but none are required to.