The associate of applied science degree in Fire Technology is designed for the advancement of professional Texas Commission on Fire Protection certified firefighters. The Emergency Medicine Specialization prepares students to be competent firefighters as well as competent entry-level advanced EMTs. Students who complete this curriculum will possess the knowledge, skills, and personal attributes and behaviors necessary to work as firefighter/advanced EMTs. Upon successful completion of EMSP coursework, all requirements to write the Texas Department of State Health Services and National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians examinations for certification as an Advanced EMT are satisfied. Students who successfully complete the Basic Fire Academy coursework, Advanced EMT coursework, and fifteen-hour general education requirement will be eligible to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree with an Emergency Medicine Specialization. Attainment of the Associate of Applied Science degree does not result in Basic Firefighter Certification or Advanced EMT Certification. To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program.
Texas commissioned Structural Firefighters may receive credit for the Basic Fire Academy series (FIRS 1301, FIRS 1407, FIRS 1313, FIRS 1319, FIRS 1203, FIRS 1323, FIRS 1329, and FIRS 1433) once they have completed all other degree requirements.
Texas Department of State Health Services certified EMT-Intermediates or Nationally Registered Advanced EMTs may receive credit for the Advanced EMT series (EMSP 1401, EMSP 1160, EMSP 1338, EMSP 1355, EMSP 1356, EMSP 2248, EMSP 1161, EMSP 1167) once they have completed all other degree requirements.
Program advisor is Brad Barrick, advising specialist in fire technology, (806) 787-4745.