Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness - Associate of Applied Science

This program prepares students for employment in the field of emergency management in both the public and private sectors. Emergency management is a vital field for forward-thinking people who want to serve their communities. These professionals are responsible for ensuring the safety of those they’ve been asked to protect by carefully planning for and responding to crisis situations. Our experienced instructors teach students the basic tenets of emergency management: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Students will develop and implement comprehensive community planning, coordination and management strategies. Graduates will be qualified for jobs such as Emergency Manager, Emergency Planner and Business Continuity Specialist. Students can find jobs with local, state, and federal governments, businesses, military installations and healthcare organizations.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Prepare for and respond to emergencies and disaster situations
Learn to lead during a crisis
Serve their community
Work in a variety of settings

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: N/A
Out-of-district Tuition: N/A
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Graduation Retention Rate: N/A

Possible Careers

Emergency management officer
Disaster program manager
Planning specialist
Emergency preparedness consultant
Emergency response project manager

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Dustin Childress
President, OTC Education Centers


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.