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EMHS Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Emergency Management and Homeland Security's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


Yes. If you do not have a background in emergency response that includes training, education and experience in Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), then you will need to take a prerequisite course (EMHS-200 ICS/NIMS/EOC).

This course teaches the background, importance, function and language of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Applicants may substitute the following course certificates for the EMHS 200 requirement:

TMCC does not offer graduate degrees; however, the EMHS Program has entered into an articulation agreement with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks for their Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) Program. Some of the benefits for our EMHS graduates include:

  • In-state tuition rates for TMCC graduates
  • No application fee
  • Transfer of two 400-level courses which can be taken at TMCC and transferred to the MSDM program reducing the number of credits to be taken at UAF from 30 to 24

See also: UAF's Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) program

Full-time college load is considered 15 credits per semester. At 15 credits per semester, a student could complete the BAS degree in 4 semesters, or approximately 2 years. However, it is anticipated that most students will be working in some capacity in emergency response, the military or otherwise, so completion would take longer.

It all depends upon you, the student, and the amount of course work you are able to commit to.

Currently there is no programmatic accreditation for these disciplines; however, TMCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation body.

The NWCCU has granted full accreditation to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree for TMCC.

Yes. The application is simple and mainly to verify that prospective students meet the two-year degree requirement and the EMHS-200 prerequisite.

Recommended course sequence and degree requirements can be found in the TMCC College Catalog: EMHS BAS degree requirements

The EMHS Program is offered online using the Canvas learning management system.

We developed the degree online with the understanding that many of our prospective students are already working and the online opportunity would make achieving this degree much more available.