Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science – 64 credits (Limited Transferability)
Program contact: Division of Allied Health (815) 921-3200 or program coordinator, (815) 921-3256
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Graduates of Rock Valley College's Fire Science program are prepared to enter a career in the fire service or expand their current fire service professional options. Students will gain knowledge in a wide variety of subjects including, Fire Suppression, Building Construction, Rescue Practices, Hazardous Materials, Fire Prevention & Protection, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Service Leadership. The Fire Science Program at RVC offers two learning opportunities for students:
Apprenticeship Sequence: Aimed at college students with no previous firefighting experience. This option prepares students for an entry level position on a fire department; instruction includes classroom lecture, practical firefighting training, and an internship with an area fire department.
Non-Apprenticeship Sequence: Intended for firefighters who wish to expand their knowledge base and enhance current skills for personal growth and/or advancement while earning a degree.
Graduates have secured positions in; firefighting, fire protection and prevention, fire service instruction, dispatch/communications, fire equipment and manufacturing sales, emergency medical services, and volunteer fire protection. With additional training, graduates may enter into a variety of fire service specialty fields such as fire inspection and fire investigation.
Illinois currently allows for educational preference points for those applicants who possess an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science. While most fire departments follow standard hiring practices, each fire department may have specific requirements and/or practices. Interested students should consult with the Fire Science Program Coordinator or an Academic Advisor.
Graduates of this program may transfer to Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) to pursue the Bachelor of Science B.S. in Public Safety Management. Students are advised to contact SIUC's program representative at: email@example.com.
All students, regardless of whether they are going to follow Sequence A or Sequence B must meet these core course requirements for the degree.
Also includes 12 credit hours of Fire Science electives.
|FRE-112||Vehicle/Machinery Rescue Operations|
|FRE-217||Tactics & Strategy II|
|FRE-223||Emergency Medical Technician|
|FRE-250||Special Topics in the Fire Service|
Required General Education Courses (16 credits):
Note: CHM 105 is strongly recommended.
|CHM-105||Chemistry and Society|
|CIS-102||Intro to Computers & Info Systems|
Select 6 credits from the following area(s) (6 credits): Humanities; Social Science; Mathematics; Physical Science; Life Science; Fitness, Wellness and Sport; or English.
The Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science (AAS) degree program at Rock Valley College meets the requirements as recommended by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal as well as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Rock Valley College has not determined if the AAS in Fire Science program at Rock Valley College meets the state Firefighter certification requirements of any other state Fire Marshal’s Office, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Questions pertaining to other state’s requirements should be directed to each individual state’s website.