Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

Skip to Main Content
    Florida State College
  Aug 19, 2019
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Fire Science Technology (A138) (A.A.S.)

Return to Program by Degree Type Return to: Program by Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science

The Fire Science Technology program is designed for students who seek an A.A.S. and fire officer certification. This program will prepare you for employment in the fire-fighting field upon graduation. You will simultaneously complete requirements for your degree and fire officer training. Upon graduation you will then be eligible to sit for the state certification exam for fire fighter.

This program is restrictive as to who can enter and certain prerequisites exist, as they currently do for academy entry. Contact the Dean of Workforce Development on South Campus concerning admission to the program.

The Academy

Florida State College’s Northeast Regional Fire Science Academy at South Campus is a certified training center that meets all State requirements and is considered one of the best in the country. The program is under the guidance of an advisory committee composed of community leaders and administrators from local fire departments. This ensures that you will receive modern, up-to-date instruction that is relevant to current practices in the field.

Admission is based on upon stringent criteria, physical endurance and a background check. Coursework and practical exercises focus on the protection of lives and property. The emphasis is on the dynamics, analysis and behavior of various fire scenes and the tactics and strategies that control them. Physical fitness is a constant part of your training. Wearing 50 pounds of gear while you climb ladders, drag hoses, and lift and carry victims through the heat and dangers of a burning building takes super-hero stamina.

The academy’s on-site burn building and fire pits give you first-hand experience in vertical spread, structure failure and collapse from water and joisted masonry construction used in older factories and warehouses. You’ll learn to manage exposure to flames and smoke, poisonous and explosive gases, as well as chemical, radioactive and other hazardous materials.

You will assess differences in fire caused by mechanical electrical and liquid fuel sources. You’ll study fire prevention, home land security strategies, local building codes, emergency medical procedures and search–and–rescue operations. A special driving track provides safe training for high-speed conditions on wet roads and ways to avoid traffic accidents when responding to calls.

Fire science and general education courses are offered on a primary night and alternate night or day basis.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

In addition to community fire departments, there are opportunities in government installations such as airports, as well as private fire fighting companies. There is also a need for inspectors, investigators, forest rangers and smoke jumpers. In all cases, employment is based on high test scores and outstanding skills.

Annual Salaries

The median base salary for fire fighters nationally is $42,000, plus excellent benefits and retirement programs. Experience and advancement can increase your salary to as high as $90,000 a year.

Certification and Licensing

Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the state certification exam for fire fighter.

Application Procedure

This program is restrictive as to who can enter and certain prerequisites exist. Contact the Dean of Workforce Development on South Campus concerning admission to the program.

Need More Information?

View Program Information and Contacts


Total Credit Hours: 60

General Education (Credit Hours: 15)

*Refer to A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .

*Humanities Credit Hours: 3
*Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
*Mathematics Credit Hours: 3

Professional Courses (Credit Hours: 45)

*Students who have current EMT or Paramedic certification or Nursing degree will be given credit for the EMS courses below.

Completion of Fire Fighter II workforce certificate program Credit Hours: 15
     The Fire Fighter program is a selective entry program that can be taken at any point in the degree.
     Contact the Dean of Workforce Development Office, South Campus at (904) 646-2182 for

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.


This associate in applied science program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer should select the Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.)  degree.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .
  6. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section  for details.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2010/2011) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2015, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2014/2015 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  8. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

Return to Program by Degree Type Return to: Program by Degree Type