Fire Science Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Fire Science

Newly AddedTechnical Diploma

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 accredited through 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.

program at a Glance

Fire Science 30 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Partially Available
  • Medford Partially Available
  • Phillips Partially Available
  • Spencer Partially Available
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

To view the amount of credits or descriptions for the courses required within this program please view the course list.

Course List

Earn Credit for What You Know

This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Additional program Information

CPR Requirement

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

Criminal Background Check

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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