Emergency/Disaster Management – Community College of Rhode Island

Emergency/Disaster Management

Certificate in Emergency/Disaster Management (CERT_EMER)

All campuses, evenings only

This fast-growing field presents opportunities for individuals who seek employment in various emergency management capacities. This program is based upon the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) for higher education and is designed to enhance the emergency/disaster management skills and knowledge of police, fire service, hospital personnel, business, security personnel, risk managers, etc.

Courses in this certificate can be applied to the Associate degree in Emergency Management/Homeland Security. Learn about the associate degree.

All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED® credential.

Note: Many courses require prerequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.


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Requirements for admission into the Emergency Management program
  1. Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment to General Studies.
  2. Submit an official copy of high school or GED® transcript including graduation date or, if the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, the high school transcript may be waived; a college transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
Program Requirements
  • All courses must be completed with a C or better.
  • Check GPA requirements for progression in this program.
  • First semester: EMER 1000; ENGL 2100
  • Second semester: EMER 1010 OR 1020, 1030; GEOL 1030
  • Third semester: EMER 1040 OR EMER 2500

Students must be accepted into the program before enrolling in any required courses.

Certificate Requirements
EMER 1000 Fundamentals of Emergency Management   3
EMER 1010
OR EMER 1020
Understanding Terrorism
OR Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergencies
GEOL 1030 Natural Disasters   3
ENGL 2100 Technical Writing   3
EMER 1030 Disaster Response Operations and Management   3
EMER 1040
OR EMER 2500
Managing the Psychological Impact of Terrorism and Disasters
OR Practicum in Emergency Management

Total Certificate Requirements Credits 18

Total Certificate Credits 18

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Last Updated: 4/14/20