Fire Science Program


Beginning the spring of 2015, a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) will be a prerequisite for admission to the fire academy.

Fire Science Certificate Basic Firefighter Certificate

Strider Floyd
Emergency Service Programs Coordinator
(940) 498-6254
sfloyd@nctc.edu

The Basic Fire Academy is designed to give the student a well-rounded education for a professional career in the fire service.

Following successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the desirable qualities of a basic firefighter that contribute to high professional and ethical standards.
  • Function effectively during high stress situations. Such situations may include physical exertion, austere environments, victim extrication, basic or advanced life support patient treatments, victim rescue, and fire suppression.
  • Coordinate scene management during hazardous situations.
  • Establish rapport with first responders, agencies, patients, victims, and the public.
  • Concisely document through written and oral communications, events relative to the provision of emergency care, rescue and fire incidents.
  • Courses are taught through lecture, written assignments, skills demonstrations, and hands-on training. Clinical experiences and Internships are completed through local fire departments.

Individuals interested in either the Basic Firefighter Certificate must attend an Advisement Session in order to be considered for admission. Once potential students have attended an Advisement Session, they will be required to complete the TEAS test. The top 25 highest scores from the TEAS test will be accepted into the program.

Potential students who wish to gain admission to the Basic Firefighter Programs must complete the following:

  • Attend an Advisement Session
  • Take the TEAS Test 

Once accepted to the program of their choice, the student must complete the following:

  • Submit Application for Admission to NCTC with official transcripts
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Immunizations
  • Drug Screen
  • Physical
  • Physical Agility Exam Waivers
  • CPR Certification (Healthcare Provider only)

Criteria for enrolling into the Fire program:

  • Must have a social security number.
  • Must be at 18 years old.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must have medical insurance (can be purchased through agencies that work with NCTC.

The Basic Fire Academy program is provided in both day and night class settings. The Day Class is designed to take 1 semester to complete and the Night Class is designed to take 2 semesters. Both class options are comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 22

First Semester
FIRS 1103 FIRE FIGHTER AGILITY AND FITNESS PREPARATION 1 credit hour
FIRS 1301 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION I 3 credit hours
FIRS 1313 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION III 3 credit hours
FIRS 1319 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION IV 3 credit hours
FIRS 1323 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION V 3 credit hours
FIRS 1329 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION VI 3 credit hours
FIRT 2188 INTERNSHIP-FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
Total Credit Hours: 16
Second Semester
EMSP 1160 CLINICAL - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/TECHNOLOGY 1 credit hour
EMSP 1501 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN 5 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 6

Fire Science Degree

Strider Floyd
Emergency Service Programs Coordinator
(940) 498-6254
sfloyd@nctc.edu

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) - Fire Science degree is designed for individuals employed in fire service who want to further enhance their career through expanded experience and/or education:

Following successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the desirable qualities of a basic firefighter that contribute to high professional and ethical standards.
  • Function effectively during high stress situations. Such situations may include physical exertion, austere environments, victim extrication, basic or advanced life support patient treatments, victim rescue, and fire suppression.
  • Coordinate scene management during hazardous situations.
  • Establish rapport with first responders, agencies, patients, victims, and the public.
  • Concisely document through written and oral communications, events relative to the provision of emergency care, rescue and fire incidents.

Courses are taught through lecture, written assignments, skills demonstrations, and hands-on training. Clinical experiences and Internships are completed through local fire departments.

Individuals interested in either the Basic Firefighter Certificate must attend an Advisement Session in order to be considered for admission. Once potential students have attended an Advisement Session, they will be required to complete the TEAS test. The top 25 highest scores from the TEAS test will be accepted into the program.

Potential students who wish to gain admission to the Basic Firefighter Programs must complete the following:

  • Attend an Advisement Session
  • Take the TEAS Test 

Once accepted to the program of their choice, the student must complete the following:

  • Submit Application for Admission to NCTC with official transcripts
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Immunizations
  • Drug Screen
  • Physical
  • Physical Agility Exam Waivers
  • CPR Certification (Healthcare Provider only)

Criteria for enrolling into the Fire program:

  • Must have a social security number.
  • Must be at 18 years old.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must have medical insurance (can be purchased through agencies that work with NCTC.

This degree can be completed either completely face-to-face or through a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes.

Degree Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 40

First Semester
FIRS 1103 FIRE FIGHTER AGILITY AND FITNESS PREPARATION 1 credit hour
FIRS 1301 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION I 3 credit hours
FIRS 1313 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION III 3 credit hours
FIRS 1319 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION IV 3 credit hours
FIRS 1323 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION V 3 credit hours
FIRS 1329 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION VI 3 credit hours
FIRT 2188 INTERNSHIP-FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
Total Credit Hours: 16
Second Semester
ARTS CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE 3 credit hours
EMSP 1160 CLINICAL - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/TECHNOLOGY 1 credit hour
EMSP 1501 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN 5 credit hours
FIRT 1319 FIREFIGHTER HEALTH & SAFETY 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 12
Third Semester
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3 credit hours
FIRT 1307 FIRE PREVENTION CODES & INSPECTIONS 3 credit hours
FIRT 1309 FIRE ADMINISTRATION I 3 credit hours
MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3 credit hours
PSYC 2301 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 12
Fourth Semester
FIRT 1329 BUILDING CODES & CONSTRUCTION 3 credit hours
FIRT 1333 FIRE CHEMISTRY 3 credit hours
FIRT 1338 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 3 credit hours
GOVT 2305 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Federal constitution & topics) 3 credit hours
OR
GOVT 2306 TEXAS GOVERNMENT (TEXAS CONSTITUTION & TOPICS) 3 credit hours
FIRT 2309 FIREFIGHTING STRATEGIES & TACTICS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours 12

Total Credit Hours: 52