Fire Science AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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

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 (American Heart Association - 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

First Semester

First semester courses and credits required to earn the Fire Science AAS Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
FIRS 1203 FIRE FIGHTER AGILITY AND FITNESS PREPARATION 2
FIRS 1301 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION I 3
FIRS 1313 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION III 3
FIRS 1319 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION IV 3
FIRS 1323 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION V 3
FIRS 1329 FIREFIGHTER CERTIFICATION VI 3
FIRT 2188 INTERNSHIP-FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICIAN 1
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 18

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the Fire Science AAS Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CORE ARTS ART, MUSIC, OR FILM APPRECIATION 3
EMSP 1160 CLINICAL - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN/TECHNOLOGY 1
EMSP 1501 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN-BASIC 5
FIRT 1319 FIREFIGHTER HEALTH & SAFETY 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 12

Third Semester

Third semester courses and credits required to earn the Fire Science AAS Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
ENGL 1301 OR
ENGL 2311
COMPOSITION I OR
TECHNICAL WRITING
3
FIRT 1307 FIRE PREVENTION CODES & INSPECTIONS 3
FIRT 1309 FIRE ADMINISTRATION I 3
MATH 1314 OR
MATH 1324 OR
MATH 1332 OR
MATH 1342
COLLEGE ALGEBRA OR
MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS & SOCIAL SCIENCES OR
CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS OR
ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL METHODS
3
PSYC 2301 INTRO TO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Fourth Semester

Fourth semester courses and credits required to earn the Fire Science AAS Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
FIRT 1329 BUILDING CODES & CONSTRUCTION 3
FIRT 1333 FIRE CHEMISTRY I 3
FIRT 1338 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS 3
GOVT 2305 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3
OR
GOVT 2306 TEXAS GOVERNMENT 3
FIRT 2309 FIREFIGHTING STRATEGIES & TACTICS I 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Total Credit Hours 60