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
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 profession options. Students will gain knowledge in a wide variety of subjects including Fire Suppression, Building Construction, Rescue Practices, Hazardous Materials, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Service Management. The Fire Science Program at RVC offers two learning opportunities for students:
Non-Internship Option A: Intended for firefighters who wish to expand their knowledge base and enhance current skills for personal growth and/or advancement while earning a degree.
Internship Sequence Option B: 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 firefighter training, and an internship with an area fire department.
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 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 an academic advisor, or the Fire Service Coordinator at (815) 921-3256.
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.