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Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

This two-year program of study prepares students for a career in the fire service as well as for career advancement for incumbent workers. The purpose of the degree is to prepare students for the pre-employment examination and screening processes they may undergo at local fire departments as a firefighter candidate, ready to engage in recruit training. It will also enable current firefighters to qualify for career advancement opportunities.

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 community college baccalaureate program, such as the online Homeland Security Emergency Management program or the new Fire Science Leadership Management program at Pierce College.

Instruction will include principles of emergency services and career exploration, building construction, fire behavior and combustion, fire prevention and fire protection systems, principles of fire service administration, legal aspects of emergency services, fire service community relations.

The AHE 190 (Emergency Medical Technician) class is an intensive quarter long class. Commitment to attend all of the sessions is critical for successful course completion. This course teaches students the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) according to State and local standards and requirements. Students develop skills in patient evaluation and other emergency medical procedures. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Registry Examination (NREMT) to qualify for State certification after meeting the Washington State DOH requirement of employment. There is a rigorous application process for acceptance into the EMT course. An entrance examination must be completed with a passing score of at least 70%. American Heart Association BLS CPR (AHE 192) is a co-requisite and will be taken simultaneously with AHE 190. All required information must be submitted to the office prior to enrollment for verification, to include proof of immunizations, High School (or equivalent) completion, and Washington State Patrol background investigation.

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Full Time:
Part Time:
91.0

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

Instructor permission

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This course provides students with opportunities to further develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to write in academic settings. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, study skills, and grammar instruction. Upon completion, students should be able to apply these skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing a college-level essay. Prereq: Placement test or appropriate prerequisite.

ENGL 098 10.0

Sets and the real number system, polynomial and rational expressions, exponents and radicals, first and second degree equations, linear systems of equations, graphs. Prereq: At least one year high school algebra or equivalent placement exam, or MATH 085 or MATH 097 with a 2.0 or better.

MATH 098 5.0
  • Students will be prepared for pre-employment (Work Attitudes and FireTEAM tests), assessment (oral board exam), and pre-employment screening process for hiring by a local fire department as a firefighter candidate.
  • Student will be ready to engage in recruit training upon hire (emerging as a Firefighter I) and complete a probationary year to become a certified Firefighter II.
  • This degree program helps build the foundation of the skills needed to build or enhance fire service career. By utilizing a comprehensive curriculum taught by subject matter experts, this program meets the academic and career needs for both those who want to enter the field and those who are looking to advance in their careers. This meets the requirements for recognition by the National Fire Academy FESHE.

Generic Description for Career information for all programs

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,560.55
  • NonResident Cost : $11,945.57
  • International Student Cost : $27,219.92

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.


Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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FIRE 101 5.0

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FIRE 102 5.0

Course Substitute : other approved Communications course

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English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. PREREQ: Placement into ENGL&101.

ENGL& 101 5.0
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FIRE 103 5.0

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FIRE 104 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH& 107 - Math In Society ( 5 credits )

This meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement

Covers descriptive methods, probability and probability distributions, samples, decisions, hypothesis testing, statistical inferences, analysis of variance and regression, applications. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree. Prereq: MATH 098 with a 2.5 or better. Transfer class.

MATH& 146 5.0
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FIRE 105 5.0

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FIRE 106 5.0

Course Substitute : other approved Human Relations course

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0
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this could include an internship, fire service experience, a project at an ambulance employer, military experience, etc.

In CWE 110, students apply theory and skills learned in previously completed courses to their internship work site. Students write learning objectives, participate in online discussions, have performance evaluations, and share/reflect on their experiences through oral presentation and a final essay. Hybrid course meets 2x during the quarter. Read instructor notes for meeting dates and times. Credits variable (2-3) Prerequisites: Completed 45 credits and/or instructor permission.

CWE 110 3.0
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FIRE 107 5.0

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FIRE 108 5.0

Course Substitute : US Cultures course (5 credits) or Global Studies course (5 credits)

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Interdisciplinary focus on effective intercultural communication, including the role of language and history in creating and sustaining cultures. Emphasis on developing skills to identify cultural patterns and values as well as gaining critical tools to understand cultural diversity. Transfer Class.

HUM 105 5.0
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FIRE 109 5.0

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FIRE 110 5.0

Biology ( BIOL ) or Chemistry Lab (CHEM) courses are recommended

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5.0
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AHE 192 - BLS for HealthCare Prov is taken simultaneously with AHE 190

PREREQUISITE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION REQUIRED. There will be a written advanced first aid exam, this examination must be taken by all applicants to the program. Mandatory information sessions will be held ahead of the exam. Please go to https://northseattle.edu/certificates/emt-certificate and click on the calendar link to find the dates for the examination and info sessions. Applicants must attend one session and do not need to sign up in advance for the information session. All applicants must pay the $35 application fee and $35 test proctor fee at the NSC Cashier's office and bring both forms with the cashier's paid stamp on them to the exam. Note: AHE 192 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is a co-requisite and must be taken before the program starts. See course AHE 192.01. For additional information contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790.

AHE 190 12.0

AHE 190 - Emergency Medical Technician is taken simultaneously with AHE 192

Co-requisite class required for the EMT program; must take concurrently with AHE 190. This course uses the American Heart Association BLS curriculum that is the standard for healthcare agencies/personnel and meets the requirement for CPR certification that includes CPR for Adults, Children and Infants, AED and use of the Bag Valve Mask. Contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790 for additional information. Note: must purchase textbook and pocket mask and bring to the first class.

AHE 192 1.0