Associate of Applied Science in
Fire Science Administration and Technology

Fire Science is a challenging profession requiring firefighters to work in dangerous, but rewarding careers. Today’s professional not only fights fires, but may also respond to incidents that involve medical emergencies or hazardous waste, confined space or high angle rescues, and other emergency situations.

 
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Administration and Technology at NWACC is designed to prepare students to enter the fire service or to work towards a position of leadership within a fire department following completion of this two-year program. Students may choose to also continue their education toward a bachelor's degree.
 
The program, which is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), consists of 60 credit hours of course work in fire science technology, fire science administration, emergency medical services, occupational safety, and general education.
 
Employer surveys consistently show our graduates meet and/or exceed entry-level expectations, and most graduates find work with fire departments in our local region. Several of our current students and graduates are already working in the Fire Service and complete the degree to enhance their promotional opportunities within their respective fire departments. Whether just beginning your fire service career or seeking further knowledge for advancement, NWACC’s Fire Science Program is a positive step forward.
 
Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in both the fire science courses and in their
general education courses. Students must complete all required course work with a grade of “C” or better.
 
Students must submit a completed Fire Science Program application packet to the Fire Science
Program Director. Students must also meet NWACC admission criteria.
 

Format and Location
Due to the nature of this program, classes are offered only in a face-to-face setting at NWACC’s Bentonville location in the Center for Health Professions. To enhance the learning experience, classes will also be conducted at area fire departments and the Arkansas Fire Academy.

 

For questions or more information about the Fire Science program, please contact Jeff Sprott at 479.619.4276 or jsprott@nwacc.edu