Associate of Applied Science Degree
Umpqua Community College offers you a number of alternatives in the associate degree program in Fire Science.
- The degree prepares you to qualify for the specialized demands of a highly diversified and technological society, and thereby help you to gain employment as a firefighter as a result of the training.
- It provides the first two years of a four-year degree in Fire Science Administration at Western Oregon State or Eastern Oregon State.
- Emergency Medical Technician training is part of the Fire Science program. Once you finish, you can become a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
- In a dual degree option with the EMS program, you can earn the Fire Science and Paramedicine degrees. This prepares you to become a Nationally Certified Paramedic.
For current program requirements, you are strongly urged to consult with the department coordinator or an academic advisor.
To obtain an AAS degree in Fire Science, 93 credits are required: 71 credits in Fire Science and 22 credits in General Education. Due to continually changing laws and regulations mandated by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA), DPSST, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), students may be required to add, modify, or delete courses and/or hours to the curriculum to meet current standards. See your advisor for current requirements. All courses require a grade of C or better.
Upon completion of the program, you will be ready to test or complete the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association Firefighter 1 standards and the requirements of Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, National Fire Protection Association 1001-5.1.1 - 6.5.4, NFPA 10 Annex “D”, NFPA 1021 2-1.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Not have been convicted by any state or federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison.
- Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
- Be capable of passing a series of basic physical agility tests.
- Possess a valid Oregon driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
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- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work-Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Andy Hatfield - Contact
Coordinator, Fire Science