General FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. Do I need to own a computer to take your online classes?
A. No, you do not need to own a computer to take online classes, but you must have access to a computer and the internet. Students will be required to submit assignments electronically and communicate with professors via email. For additional information, please consult FSU online Prospective Student FAQ(Hyperlink http://online.fsu.edu/prospective/faq.cfm) . Note: some classes offered by the Emergency Management Program require students to submit presentations that require microphone and/or webcam use. Students must have access to a webcam or other means of recording video/audio for the web.
Q. How do I apply to one of the certificate programs?
A. Before you complete 6 credit hours in any of the programs, you must fill out a form and submit your unofficial transcript. Furhter instructions along with the required form can be found here.
Q. How do I receive the EM Certificate once I have completed all the courses?
A. You first must have completed the application before the end of your second course in the certificate program. Then, after you have completed all the course requirements for your level of study (graduate or undergraduate) you will need to get in touch with our Program Administrator Susan Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Indicate the courses you have completed, the address you'd like the certificate mailed and a copy of your unofficial transcript. If the record is complete, you will be issued the certificate which is then mailed to the address you provided. Successful completion of the courses applied to the EMHS Certificate is defined as a grade of C- or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C- in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the EMHS certificate.
Q. How do I know which courses are offered in the future?
A. The Emergency Management program tries to offer classes on a rotating schedule that meets the needs of the students. Please visit the Semester Offerings page for a general schedule of classes for upcoming semesters.
Q. What textbooks are required for my class?
A. Each course has different textbook requirements in the program. Please contact the instructor teaching the course about what textbooks are needed.
Q. Can I take a class at the graduate level if I've already taken it at the undergraduate level?
A. If you are involved with FSU for multiple degrees we do not allow students to repeat courses when achieving a second or graduate EM certificate. If you want to pursue a second graduate certificate in EM please get in touch with us and we will provide alternate courses for you to participate in.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Courses FAQ
Q. Can I take the UAS course (or courses) as a non-degree seeking student?
A. Yes. You need to register with the university as a special (non-degree seeking) student through the normal FSU process. More information on that can be found here: https://admissions.fsu.edu/nonDegreeApp/ . Upon completion of registering with the school, you must fill out a certificate application before you finish your first six cour hours.
Q. Are the courses offered at the Tallahassee campus or online?
A. Both. Courses are offered as a mix of online (when possible) and in the classroom. Some courses are offered in a Weekend Intensive format, allowing students to travel to Tallahassee for three weekends during the semester to attend classroom and lab sessions.
Q. What about a UAS Certificate?
A. Beginning in Summer '16, EMHS is offering an Application of UAS certificate.
Q. Will the UAS courses be offered on a specific schedule?
A. Yes. Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Mangement is offered in the Spring (online) and Summer (classroom) semesters. Application of UAS (the second course) is offered during Fall semester. Policy and Implementation of UAS is offered in the Spring semester in the classroom.
Q. How much do the UAS courses cost?
A. Each of our courses (UAS and otherwise) are three (3) credit hour classes. Current undergraduate rates run about $215 per credit hour for classes taught in the classroom and $330 per credit hour for online courses. These rates are set by the University and there are many, many variables (in-state, out of state, specail student status, fees, etc.) These numbers are estimates only.
Q. In the first UAS course (UAS in Emergency Management), do we get to fly anything?
A. Short answer: no. The first course focuses on the application of UAS in real world situations. In "UAS in EM", we will look at regulations and safety, mission development, data collection and data processing.
Q. Do any of the UAS courses offer flight time?
A. Yes. The second course - Application of UAS - offers significant flight opportunities for students. We are working with the FAA as well as partner organizations to offer safe, effective, and legal flight opportunities. The first UAS course (UAS in EM) is a prerequisite for the Applications course.
Q. Does the UAS course count toward the EMHS certificate?
A. Yes. It counts as any of our other EM courses.
Q. When I complete this course/program, will I be 'certified' to fly a UAS?
A. The Applications of UAS certificate demonstrates to employers and insurers that the student is a trained and capapble operator - however, we do not 'certify' people to fly UAS.