Fire Science Technology Program


Admission Requirements




In addition to the admission requirements of North Central Texas College, the student must meet the qualifications for admission into the Fire Science Technology Program and Fire Academy.




The applicant must:


a. Attend an advisement/information session to obtain additional information about the Fire Science Technology Program.
b. Receive a receipt indicating that you took the Emergency Medical Services Entrance Test known as the PAX PN. The student is responsible for paying $35.00 directly to NLN (National League for Nursing) for entrance exam testing.
c. Complete the admission process into NCTC.
  • Fill out an application for admission to NCTC
  • Submit to the Registrar’s Office official transcripts from each college you have attended, if you have attended college before
  • Submit to the Registrar’s Office high school transcript or GED scores, if you have not attended college before.
  • Contact Financial Aid at 940-498-6294 if you need financial assistance.
  • Contact the Admissions Office in Gainesville for specific international student requirements, if you are an International student.
d. Sit for the Entrance Exam on the designated date.  The Entrance Exam may be taken only twice in any given year.
e. Take the physical fitness examination.  
f. Spaces available in the Fire Academy are limited.  Selection of students is based upon the rank order of the Entrance Exam composite scores and Physical Fitness test results.
g. Students will be notified by e-mail regarding their status: acceptance, alternate or rejection.
h. The students who is admitted:
  • Must pass a criminal background check (Please see information at end of packet)
  • Must pass a physical from his/her private physician.
  • Must be CPR certified for the American Heart Association - Healthcare Provider.  (Online classes are not accepted.)
  • Must show proof of health accident insurance (Student insurance policies are available through NCTC.)
  • Must provide documentation of immunization requirements. 

Applicants are encouraged to self-identify their accommodation needs.  It is important to note that in order to successfully progress through the Fire Science Technology and Fire Academy curriculum and function as a practicing Basic Firefighter upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical activities that include vocal, visual, auditory, and dexterity requirements.  Early contact by individuals with an accommodation need will enable the program coordinator to carefully consider each request on a case-by-case basis.


Technical Standards


Students should be able to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations, such as the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices.


1. Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical/placement judgment
2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
3. Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in expressive and written English, including computer literacy
4. Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, walking, lifting, bending, and/or transporting patients/clients
5. Physical abilities sufficient to move from area to area and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion, manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination
6. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care and operate equipment
7. Ability to reach and operate overhead equipment
8. Auditory ability sufficient to access essential patient information
9. Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient/client assessment
10. Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental safety
11. Ability to present professional appearance and attitude, implement measures to maintain personal physical and mental health and emotional stability


Health and Safety Policies


Students enrolled in the Fire Academy of NCTC spend a great deal of time in critical areas of the program’s affiliations, and are therefore exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other dangerous health and life safety hazards.  These policy guidelines were created to outline those work-related hazards and to offer specific methods to protect the student during clinical instruction.  Guidelines are also offered for student responsibilities concerning health-related policies for the program.


Fire Academy students will take responsibility for maintenance of their health to enhance their educational experience.  In addition, students will meet the requirements of clinical agencies and regulating agencies of the State of Texas.