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Degrees & Certificates

Two-year, job-training degrees that prepare students for immediate employment. Students take additional general education electives, making this a good option if you intend to transfer to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program or may attend a university in the future to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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  • Credits to complete: 91.0

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New Degree Program Designed for Both Career Preparation and Career Advancement

North Seattle College’s Fire Science program is the only of its kind in King County. The program was developed with close collaboration with the City of Seattle, the Seattle Fire Department, as well as many local fire departments and service districts.

This two-year (full-time) program of study prepares students for a career in the fire service, as well as for career advancement. The degree will help prepare students for the pre-employment examination and screening processes they may undergo at local fire departments, such as written exams and interviews/oral boards. It will also enable current firefighters to develop a variety of profession-specific skills.

The curriculum is based on the National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum for fire science. Students will graduate with the academic credentials necessary to enter a two-year baccalaureate of applied science degree program, such as the online Homeland Security Emergency Management program or the Fire Science Leadership Management program at Pierce College.

The program includes an internship component that will give graduates experience they can highlight when applying for firefighter positions. North Seattle College is developing internship opportunities with the Seattle Fire Department and other area fire services for Fire Science students.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.