Emergency Management Technology, Online

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Emergency Management Technology student

About this program

From government and healthcare to non-profit and faith-based organizations, emergency management professionals keep us safe. At Penn College, you’ll explore what it takes to serve and protect in critical times. Whether it’s developing an action plan or facilitating a coordinated response, this flexible online program cultivates the practical real-world skills that tomorrow needs most.

Flexible Online Program

In-State Tuition for All Students


Hours of Field Experience


  • Emergency management coordinator & specialist
  • Emergency planner
  • Public health preparedness worker
  • Healthcare preparedness worker
  • Private sector consultant 

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Emergency Management Operations (BEM101)
  • The History and Evolution of Emergency Management (BEM103)
  • Incident Command System Operations (BEM201)
  • Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes (BEM202)
  • Disaster Preparation and Planning (BEM210)
  • Crisis Communication (BEM221)
  • Disaster Recovery (BEM230)
  • Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management (BEM250)
  • Social/Psychological Foundations of Emergency Management (BEM265)
  • U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (HIS335)
  • Criminal Justice (HSJ263)
  • Technological Elements of Emergency Management (BEM311)
  • Emergency Management Internship (BEM450)
  • Emergency Management Capstone (BEM495)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) (MMM)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Directed Emergency Management Elective (BEM)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT113)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Introduction to Physical Geology (GEL105)
  • State and Local Government (PSC141)
  • Criminology (SOC242)
  • American Government - National (PSC131)
  • Principles of Public Administration (PSC251)
  • International Relations (PSC261)
  • Terrorism, Civil War and Genocide (PSC402)
  • Research Methods (SOC313)
Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Online Degrees

Learning that fits your lifestyle


  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Flexible scheduling – take classes part-time or full-time
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family
  • Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree


  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs


  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • No required campus visits
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Student Life

Stay active in and out of the classroom

Emergency Management Club

Our Emergency Management Club promotes, fosters, and advocates for professional development within the field of emergency management through training, conferences, and professional development opportunities within the emergency management community.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. During the eighth and final semester, apply what you’ve learned in the real world working with an emergency preparedness, response, or recovery organization.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Silenced voices echo through survivor’s search for ‘normal’

Emergency Management Technology Online student Robyn Wolfe, a survivor of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, recalls her experience while evaluating the reactions during and after the event.

Read Robyn's story

More Information

This major requires that all major courses must be passed with a C or better.

Internal and external transfers may carry parallel major courses into the baccalaureate when the grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Registrar staff and by academic school staff. By its nature, prior work experience in emergency services, military, and other appropriate work backgrounds will be evaluated for transfer evaluation and placement in the major. The academic school dean and full-time faculty will evaluate credit for life experience for course work from applicants with non-credit training or work experience. Credits awarded for work/life experience will be posted to the applicant’s College transcript after successful completion of at least 12 credits at the College.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Thomas J Arminio, USN (Ret.), School of Public Affairs, Homeland Security Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Mr. Benton J Best, County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tioga County Emergency Management Agency
  • Ms. Roseann B Cordelli, MPA, Communications Program Manager, Tetra Tech EMI
  • Mr. John W Magyar II, CEM; MCAS; CHS-V, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Technician, Range Resources-Appalachia LLC
  • Mr. Chris E Miller, Chief of Police, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Mr. Anthony N Subbio, CEM, PMP, MS, Emergency Management Specialist, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Coordinator of Admissions Events & Communications

Jen Cullin-Hetrick

SASC, Rm. 1069A
800.367.9222 ext. 7273