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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:

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

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This course provides students with a supportive learning community in which 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, vocabulary, 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.

ENGL 98 10.0

Covers real number system, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic expressions and equations, linear and quadratic graphs, linear systems of equations and intro to functions.

MATH 98 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.

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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.

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


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This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services, career opportunities in the fire protection and related fields, and culture and history of emergency service.

FIRE 101 5.0

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

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: Eligibility for ENGL&101.

ENGL& 101 5.0
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This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

FIRE 103 5.0

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, analyzing the needs for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.

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 and statistical inferences. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree

MATH& 146 5.0
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This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation.

FIRE 105 5.0

This course will address the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services and include a review of national standards, regulations, and consensus standards.

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). Prerequisite: CWE 101 or Instructor permission.

CWE 110 3.0
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This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water based fire suppression systems, special hazard, fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

FIRE 107 5.0

This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service ethics and leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

FIRE 108 5.0

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

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Examines the skills in communication and empathy required for intercultural communication. Includes an interdisciplinary study of diverse cultures and perspectives in the United States in the context of economic, political, and cultural globalization.

HUM 105 5.0
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This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations.

FIRE 109 5.0

This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents.

FIRE 110 5.0

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

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Z999_ 3 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 that must be taken by all applicants to the program, after attending a mandatory information session. 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. See additional information, including dates for the exam, on EMT website at Cost is *$1,305.53 ($185.28 tuition + $1,100 college self-support fee + $15 medical malpractice professional liability insurance fee + $5.25 online courseware support fee). Note: AHE 192 Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is a corequisite and must be taken before the program starts. See course AHE 192. For additional information contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790. *subject to change

AHE 190 12.0

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

Corequisite 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. *Cost is $141.03 ($15.78 tuition + $120.00 college self-support fee + $5.25 online courseware support fee). Note: must purchase textbook and pocket mask and bring to the first class. *Subject to change.

AHE 192 1.0