Program Overview

The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offers a Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security and Emergency Management to provide students with the skills to effectively respond to homeland security incidents. The program is also designed to prepare students to take the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification exam. During the program, students develop a working knowledge of the administrative operation of federal, state and local emergency management systems. They also learn the roles of local officials in emergency management and disaster response and the various components of the emergency management system.

The program consists of a 3 credit introductory course and 12 credits worth of Criminal Justice electives. For electives, students can choose from the following courses: Leadership, Influence and Decision Making for Emergency Operations, Crisis Communication for Emergency Response Personnel, Terrorism, Intelligence and Security Studies, Domestic Preparedness, and Disaster and Catastrophic Emergency Operations. Although this degree is offered online, a few of the required courses may be only offered onsite at the college. However, RVCC assures that at least 85 percent of the courses are offered online. Furthermore, students should take note that this certificate is not a substitute for an academic degree and will not qualify a person for a position that requires a degree. Nevertheless, if the student chooses to pursue a degree, all the courses in the Corrections’ certificate program may be applied to RVCC’s Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Raritan Valley Community College is a public, two-year community college located in North Branch, New Jersey. The institution was originally founded in 1966 as Somerset County College. The college was renamed Raritan Valley Community College in 1987 when it became the official community college for two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. The mission of RVCC is to be “ educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.”

    RVCC offers associate's degree programs and certificates. Several programs can be completed entirely online.


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