Program Description

The Fire Science Technical Diploma program prepares learners with foundational entry level knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the fire service. Concepts learned in this program include firefighter safety, fire prevention, hazardous material incident operations, building construction related to fire safety, and communication skills needed to be effective in the field. Graduates of this program will also obtain NTC’s EMT Basic Technical Diploma. Courses in the Fire Science Technical Diploma program ladder into NTC’s Fire Medic Associate Degree and Fire Services Leadership Associate Degree programs which allows graduates to advance on their career pathway in this field. A portion of the Fire Science coursework is aligned with the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum. Potential occupations include employment as a paid on-call firefighter and/or EMT.

Approximate Cost

$5,713
Tuition: $4831 , Books: $883

Starting Salary

$22,880

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
50-60 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Apply knowledge on emergency management, scene control, and extinguishing fires
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform as an entry level National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)
  • Demonstrate problem-solving, decision-making, critical-thinking, interpersonal and communication skills integral to success in public service professions
  • Evaluate the components of building construction related to fire and life safety; including inspections, pre-incident planning and emergency operations
  • Develop the basic firefighting fundamentals for entry into the fire service

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Battalion Chief
  • EMT-Basic
  • First Responder
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Lieutenant
  • Fire Captain
  • Assistant Fire Chief
  • Fire Chief
  • EMT

Courses

The Fire Science Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

FIRE FIGHTING PRINCIPLES 4.00
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FIRE PROTECTION 3.00
ADVANCED FIREFIGHTER CONCEPTS 2.00
PRINCIPLES OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES SAFETY AND SURVIVAL 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 4.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 3.00
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN 5.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Additional Information

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.