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Certificate of Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours a week do the courses take?
Having experience in disaster related disciplines will enhance your program capability, but, the program is also designed around introducing new career seekers to the discipline and bringing them up to speed quickly. This combination of students enhances the learning environment with an excellent blend of new and tried experiences.
Do I have to submit a residency form (NC students) every semester?
Many agencies (NC Emergency Management, U.S. military, etc) will reimburse for the cost of tuition. We suggest you check with your employer first, and then check out other funding options.
Feel free to check out the following website for information regarding scholarships and loans:
Is there required on-campus time?
Yes, you are required to be on-campus twice during the length of the certificate program. You will be required to attend an orientation at the beginning of the program. You will also be required to visit campus upon completion of the program for wrap-up and graduation.
Orientation consists of a Friday/Saturday visit. It is the first weekend after New Year's for the January cohort. You may want to arrange to arrive on Thursday evening as the Friday session is all day, typically from 8-5. We conclude with a banquet on Saturday evening and you may schedule your flight for anytime on Sunday.
Do I need to have a bachelor's degree?
No. A bachelor's degree is NOT required for admission to the certificate program. This certificate is designed for working professionals with considerable experience, who may not have had the opportunity to get much schooling. All 9 credit hours may be used towards a bachelor's degree OR towards a master's degree, at the discretion of the degree program.
Do I need to take the GRE?
No. The GRE is NOT required for admission to the certificate program.
Don't see an answer to your question? Contact:
Kim Sieler, Assistant Registrar
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|Last updated October 17, 2013|