• Program: Fire Protection
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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The A.A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology prepares students to perform the duties of a line officer. As students progress, they will also complete the requirements for two certificates; Fire Suppression Technician and Company Officer. Students typically complete the Fire Suppression Technician certificate first which qualifies them for a lead firefighter position with most fire departments. As students gain experience and continue their education they will earn a Company Officer certificate. The course work also prepares students to take promotional exams. Student must be 18 years of age or meet the requirements for eligibility under Hennepin Technical College’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) standards.

Career Opportunities

Fire Science graduates may perform a variety of jobs in the fire protection family. Titles may include Firefighter, Driver Operator, Inspector or Fire Investigator. Higher level positions, requiring experience and exams, are Fire Marshal, Lieutenant, Captain, District Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief of Department.

Award Outcomes:

  • Analyze principles of fire control
  • Utilize personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents on the fire ground
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principle of fire development
  • Apply knowledge of hydraulic principles for water supply
  • Identify principles for leadership
  • Utilize knowledge of building construction principles, fire protection systems and fire prevention codes to affect a safe community
  • Identify hazardous materials and properties
  • Outline effective emergency scene operations
  • Apply information management concepts to fire protection administration
  • Utilize effective written communication
  • Demonstrate effective incident management practices

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 40 Credits
General Education Requirements 15 Credits
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 2 (Critical Thinking) 3
  • PHIL2200 Ethics 3
  • PHIL2400 Medical Ethics 4
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 5 Credits
  • Choose a Leadership Track:
  • FRPT2105 Fire Instructor II 2
  • FRPT2130 Fire Officer III 2
  • FRPT2140 Personnel Management for Fire Department Services 3
  • Choose a Fire Prevention Track:
  • FRPT2105 Fire Instructor II 2
  • FRPT2120 Fire Investigation II 2
  • FRPT2125 Fire Inspector II 2
  • Choose an Emergency Responder Track:
  • EMSV1100 Emergency Medical Technician Basic 6
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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