This program is designed for firefighters affiliated with an existing paid or volunteer fire department. Emphasis is placed upon specialized firefighting courses offered through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Center (NECAS). This program will expand a firefighter's knowledge and develop leadership for emergency response.
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- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
|BCA:112||Intro to Data Processing OR||3.0|
|BCA:212||Intro to Computer Business Apps||3.0|
|FIR:320||**Essentials of Firefighting I||4.0|
|FIR:338||***Technical Agricultural Rescue||1.0|
|MGT:102||Principles of Management||4.0|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|CHM:110||Intro to Chemistry||3.0|
|CHM:111||Intro to Chemistry Lab||1.0|
|Fire Science Elective||3.0|
|FIR:280||**Instructional Techniques for Fire Service Training (Fire Instruction I)||3.0|
|FIR:301||**Fire Department Officer I||3.0|
|FIR:325||**Essentials of Firefighting II||2.0|
|PHI:105||Intro to Ethics||3.0|
|Fire Science Elective||4.0|
|FIR:306||**Fire Inspection Principles of Practices||3.0|
|FIR:322||**Hazardous Materials: Operations Level||1.0|
|PSY:111||Intro to Psychology OR||3.0|
|PSY:112||Psychology of Human Relations||3.0|
|Fire Science Electives²||8.0|
**Offered through the IA Fire Service Training Bureau (or equivalent out-of-state certificate)
***Offered through National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS), Peosta, IA
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2Five credits are awarded for EMT or Paramedic certificates.
Math Electives: MAT:128, MAT:130, MAT:210, MAT:216, MAT:219, MAT:744
Fire Science Electives: Students must take 15 credits of Fire Science Electives:
|FIR:201||Incident Command Series I|
|FIR:202||Incident Command Series II|
|FIR:203||Incident Command Series III|
|FIR:210||Incident Safety Officer|
|FIR:302||Fire Department Officer II|
|FIR:308||Health and Safety Officer|
|FIR:309||Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations|
|FIR:312||Arson Detection for First Responders|
|FIR:391||Preparing for Initial Company Operations|
|FIR:392||Decision Making for Company Operations|
|FIR:393||Training Operations in Small Departments|
|or related fire service coursework|
Students with a terminal EMS certificate are awarded five credits towards the electives, EMT or EMT B, Advanced EMT or Iowa Paramedic, Paramedic or Paramedic Specialist, (State of IA or National Registry).
Program Prerequisites: This program is designed for firefighters already working for or volunteering for an existing fire department. To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, a student must complete all of the general education courses and bring in certificates of completion for the required firefighting courses and five elective firefighting courses. The 33.5 credits for the required and elective firefighting courses, in addition to the 32 general education credits will meet the minimum 64-credit requirement for an AAS degree.
- A minimum of 64 credit hours, with at least 18 earned at NICC.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a passing grade in all required courses.
- Course work electives (articulated from the Fire Service Training Bureau).
The firefighting courses are offered by the Fire Service Training Bureau and are offered at various times and locations throughout the year.
The Firefighting Specialist degree currently has transfer agreements in place with the institution(s) listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.
Manager, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2248
- Location: NECAS