2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tribal Homeland Security Emergency Management Certificate Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Tribal Homeland Security Emergency Management Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Graduation Requirements:

  • 2.0 minimum grade in all courses

1. Concepts, Policy & Doctrine in Tribal Emergency Management

  • Course purpose: This course lays the foundation of emergency management as it relates to Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.  This course builds your understanding of the policies and doctrine that empower Emergency Management for Tribes and Alaska Native Villages and for sovereign entities that have the option of performing the emergency management function independently or with non-tribal partners.

2. Tribal Incident Management Structures

  • Course purpose: This course recognizes that tribes utilize a wide variety of incident management structures that Tribes and Alaska Native Villages utilize in emergency management. You will have opportunities to share and discuss best practices from within tribal emergency management.

3. Technology in Homeland Security Emergency Management

  • Course purpose: In HSEM 130 you will address emergency management technologies that are common to Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, and their non-tribal jurisdictions (ex. Counties, Cities, and Towns).  Sovereign communities are often remotely located and wholly reliant on technology when seeking outside assistance after disasters strikes.  This course also focuses you on the technology interoperability that strengthens the overall emergency management system.

Action Item: Meeting with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Public Information Officer

  • Course purpose: Successful emergency management practice between tribal and non-tribal communities and jurisdictions requires effective communications.  In HSEM 157 you will gain a deep understanding of the importance of public information and warning and the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO).

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

5. Homeland Security Emergency Management Special Topics

  • Course purpose: This course offers you an opportunity to thoroughly examine and discuss certain high profile incidents or disasters, as well as how to utilize best practices in emergency management to prepare for pre-planned events (ex. Super Bowl, Concerts, Festivals).


  • Note: The three-credit version of this course is the course recommended for this certificate. 

6. Planning for Tribal Homeland Security Emergency Management

  • Course purpose: The emergency management profession is grounded in plans, planning and the planning process.  This course allows you to examine specific plans that are the foundation of tribal emergency management and how they at times interact with external partners and stakeholders.  

7. Emergency Operations/Coordination Centers

  • Course purpose: In HSEM 200 you will examine the critical role of an Emergency Operations or Coordination Center (EOC/ECC) when disasters strike or in support of pre-planned events.  This course immerses you in the design, development, and operation of an EOC/ECC, including staffing and technology requirements. 

8. Exercise Design and Evaluation

  • Course purpose: This course provides you with the foundation of knowledge to design, develop and review exercises and selected training against the most current emergency management standards and policies.  This course allows students an opportunity to design and implement actual disaster exercises that will benefit them in their emergency management careers.

Total Credits: 23

Program Code: 966