IDEP Continuing Education

Thank you for your interest in promoting a culture of preparedness among students.  The Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) at Nova Southeastern University has made a decision to discontinue the online Basic Awareness and Intermediate courses primarily due to registration difficulties.  If you would like to receive a CD of the course materials (not for CME credit), please send your name and address so that we may mail a copy of our course materials to you. If you are located in South Florida, you may also pick up the CD in person. We hope that you will find it useful.

In addition to the Awareness Course on CD, IDEP recommends the completion of the following course that is similar in content to the Awareness Course:

Independent Study – 22
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
(Approximately one hour)

The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.

This course may be accessed at:

In lieu of the Intermediate Course, IDEP recommends the completion of the following two online courses that are similar in content to the Intermediate Course:

Independent Study - 100.b
Introduction to the Incident Command System
(approximately 2-3 hours in length)

This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

This course may be accessed at:

Independent Study - 700.a
National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction
(approximately 2-3 hours in length)

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

This course may be accessed at:

FEMA Certificates will be awarded upon the successful completion of each course (i.e. certificate is contingent on passing the exam). These on-line courses are available free of charge, as are Student Transcripts and Official Transcripts from FEMA upon request. FEMA certificates are widely recognized in the field by national experts in disaster preparedness. Students are strongly encouraged to include documentation of the completion of FEMA courses on applications or resumes they may submit to hospitals, university medical centers, and other organizations in which they receive training or where they may be involved in medical practice.

Thank you again for your support in helping to prepare individuals who are aware of and prepared for disasters and emergencies.