TSA Homeland Security Certificate Program
Frequently Asked Questions
If you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, then you are eligible for this program and should complete the application process:
- Are you a current TSA employee?
- Have you been employed by TSA for at least six months?
- Is your personnel file clear of any disciplinary actions for the past 12 months?
- If you have ever been a DMACC student, are you in financial good standing? (Meaning either you do not currently owe DMACC any money, or you are not delinquent with payments if you do owe DMACC money.)
- Would DMACC allow you to be a student? (Meaning you have not been barred by DMACC from taking classes due to past behavior.)
It all starts with your TSA Coordinator. Contact them for additional information.
This program is free to selected students. TSA is paying all tuition, fees, and textbook costs. Additionally, the entire program is online so there will be no travel costs associated with it.
No, the entire program is online.
No, this is an online program which allows you to work on it when it's convenient for you, however weekly activities will need to be completed based on the timeline outlined in the course syllabus.. There will be occasional “live” online meetings at specified times, but if you are unable to “attend” those sessions, you may view a recording of them at a later time. Therefore, this program should cater to any type of schedule.
Yes. The program will utilize DMACC's Blackboard online educational website, and it is available 24/7. You gain access by a username and password. All you need is a computer and access to the Internet.
You will need a computer and access to the Internet.
There is an abundance of support and available resources today for online students at DMACC. Check out the
Online Student site for a wealth of information.
Online Readiness Self-Assessment quiz, if you are still unsure as to whether or not you are ready to take an online course.
Yes. Upon successful completion of the core courses in the program, you will have earned nine college credits from DMACC. There may be the opportunity to take additional courses following the completion of the three core courses. These courses change each semester and are subject to TSA funding. This is a great start to completing your Associate in Arts (AA) Degree. Check out
DMACC's Criminal Justice program, which has four areas of concentration: Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Electronic Crime. After this program, you would have three of the core requirements completed for the Homeland Security Associate Degree.
It depends on the college/university to which you'd like to transfer the credits. DMACC works diligently with other colleges and universities to ensure our classes will be accepted as transfer credits. You will need to check with the college or university you are interested in attending to determine whether any or all of the classes will transfer for credit.
Each student works at a different pace, so it's difficult to answer this question. Each course is three credit hours. Typically “credit hours” reflect how much time a student spends in the classroom (or in this case, viewing the course material online) per week. Usually students can expect to spend roughly three additional hours doing homework for every one hour spent in class. Therefore, you could anticipate spending around 12 hours per week on this program (give or take depending on your pace and efforts).
Yes. DMACC has Academic Advisors specifically for online programs. Visit the
DMACC Advising website for more information.
Completing this program will give you further insight into how TSA and your actions individually affect others. Additionally, it shows a sense of commitment to yourself and your career that can help lead to opportunities of advancement into leadership positions.