Fire Science Program


A minimum of Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) is a prerequisite for admission to the fire academy.

Strider Floyd
Division Chair, Emergency Services
(940) 498-6254
sfloyd@nctc.edu

Fire Science Certificate
Basic Firefighter Certificate

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 HESI test. The top 25 highest scores from the HESI 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 HESI 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. 

Fire Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 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 HESI test. The top 25 highest scores from the HESI 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 HESI 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.