Fire Science Program


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 (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. 

Fire Science Degrees

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.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - Fire Service Administration degree prepares students for leadership positions within the fire service. Introductory and advanced courses emphasize:

  • administration, management, and leadership of municipal fire services
  • fire protection and prevention strategies
  • fire investigation
  • community and political dimensions of fire service administration

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.

Cost Considerations for Fire Students

Summary of Costs

The total per-semester cost of enrolling in the Fire Program at North Central Texas College is the sum of:

  1. tuition
  2. "combined student fees"
  3. textbooks
  4. supplies and incidentals

Except for item 4, charges are figured just as they are for all other students. However, Fire students should be aware that due to the special nature of the program, expenses in categories 3-4 will probably be considerably higher than those paid by students in most other majors.

Textbooks

Fire textbooks are highly specialized and can be expensive, as much as $300 or more.

Supplies and Incidentals

Once admitted to the Fire Program, students will need to buy uniforms, boots, at physical fitness clothing.  A good wristwatch is essential.  Also, the student will need normal school supplies, and other costs that will include: major medical insurance, physical examination (including immunizations), Hepatitis B vaccine, CPR training, Drug Testing, Fire facility usage fees, bunker gear rental and Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certification examination fee.  Additional costs may include meals while attending internship. Some of these expenses will not be incurred until the latter part of the program.