Associate of Applied Science, Fire & Emergency Services

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology will be able to:

  • Discuss the history, support organizations, resources, incident management, training, and emergency operations and relate how each plays a role within emergency services.
  • Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
  • Relate how fire prevention and fire inspections are connected.
  • Demonstrate the importance of public education in relation to fire prevention.
  • Identify the equipment and systems used in control and extinguishment of fire.
  • Identify the types of building construction and their uniqueness under fire conditions and how these components are related to firefighter and life safety.
  • Relate how the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives foster the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.

Admission Requirements

See Application Procedure webpage for additional information.  Some FIRE courses either require prerequisite courses or department approval.  Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that students be members of a paid or volunteer fire department prior to or shortly after being admitted to the program.


Upon admission to the program, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

Academic Progress

In order to progress within the Associate of Applied Science Fire and Emergency Services Technology program, students must earn a satisfactory grade (C or higher or P) in all Fire and Emergency Service Technology (FIRE and EMT) courses required for the degree.

General Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Course Requirements including the following:
    1. ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition (3)
    2. COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or COMM A235 Small Group Communication or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication or COMM A241 Public Speaking
    3. ENGL A212 Technical Writing or ENGL A211 Academic Writing about Literature or ENGL A213 Writing in the Social & Natural Sciences or ENGL A214 Persuasive Writing (3) (ENGL A212 is recommended)
  2. Complete the Major Requirements listed below with a minimum grade of C as described below.

Major Requirements

Complete the following required courses (28 credits):

  • FIRE A101 Principles of Emergency Services (3)
  • FIRE A105 Fire Prevention (3)
  • FIRE A121 Fire Behavior and Combustion (3)
  • FIRE A206 Building Construction Issues Related to Fire Protection (3)
  • FIRE A214 Fire Protection Systems (3)
  • FIRE A221 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (3)
  • MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra or GER Quantitative Skills course (3)
  • Natural science GER with lab (4)
  • Social science (PS, PSY, or SOC) (3)

Complete 12 credits from the following courses with a minimum grade of C:

  • EMT A130 Emergency Medical Technician I (6)
  • EMT A230 Emergency Medical Technician II (3)
  • EMT A231 Emergency Medical Technician III (3)
  • FIRE A107 Strategy and Tactics of Fire Suppression (3)
  • FIRE A111 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration (3)
  • FIRE A117 Rescue Practices (3)
  • FIRE A123 Fire Investigation I (3)
  • FIRE A131 Firefighter I, Series I (3)
  • FIRE A133 Firefighter I, Series II (3)
  • FIRE A135 Firefighter I, Series III (3)
  • FIRE A137 Firefighter I, Series IV (3)
  • FIRE A151 Wildland Fire Control I (3)
  • FIRE A170 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services (3)
  • FIRE A190 Selected Topics in Fire and Emergency Services (1-3)
  • FIRE A201 Principles of Emergency Management (3)
  • FIRE A202 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (3)
  • FIRE A203 Hazardous Materials Chemistry (3)
  • FIRE A216 Methods of Instruction for Fire and Emergency Service (3)
  • FIRE A220 Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (3)
  • FIRE A223 Fire Investigation II (3)
  • FIRE A230 Fire Department Organizational Theory and Behavior (3)
  • FIRE A295 Fire and Emergency Services Technology Practicum (3)

Complete an additional 11 credits from FIRE, FSA, or EMT courses from the courses listed above with a minimum grade of C or from the General Education Requirements(GERs) course list. (11)

A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.

Practicum Requirements

Practicum placement requires departmental approval and will require various documentation which may include: background checks, proof of immunizations, release forms, proof of  insurance, and others as dictated by individual sites.