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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Science Technology, AAS


The Fire Science program is designed to provide both in-service and pre-service students with sound technical and academic experiences, enabling them to assume positions of responsibility as members of fire departments or as technical employees of industrial firms and insurance companies. The program provides training in detecting and eliminating fire hazards and causes through periodic inspections, remedial recommendations, and systematic follow-ups.

Students who already possess state certifications can bring those certificates in as alternative credit toward college courses.

For more information about the Fire Science Technology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/fire.

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 81 or a minimum ACT Reading score of 19.
  5. Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 70 or a minimum ACT Writing score of 19.
  6. Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score of 30 or a minimum ACT Math score of 14.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Fire Science Technology AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the Fire Science Technology required courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Required Courses


Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS degree - 68


Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Books (approximate) 200 205 285 348
Equipment Maintenance Fee  75   75    
State Certification Fee  50   50  50  50

Approximate total for the program: $11,112*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


The Fire Science program provides fundamental knowledge that applies to a variety of fire science jobs. Depending on your career choice, you may:

  • Maintain fire equipment.
  • Control and extinguish fires.
  • Inspect facilities for fire safety purposes.
  • Conduct fire safety education programs.
  • Instruct or advise others on the use of equipment.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


Depending on your career choice, you may need:

  • Physical strength, coordination and stamina.
  • Good health, normal eyesight and hearing.
  • Ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze problems and determine solutions.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?


  • Students who possess IFSAC Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I and EMS certifications can use these certifications for alternative credit toward applicable courses. See program chairman for more information.
  • Fire Science courses are offered only at night.
  • To be considered for full-time employment as a fire fighter in Iowa, applicants must pass competitive mental and physical  tests, regardless of educational degrees attained.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $40,000 (2010-2011 Placement Report). Average starting salary in the Ames,
  • Des Moines and West Des Moines area is approximately $40,000.

Nondiscrimination Policy


Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.