Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Fire Science Technology, Certificate

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This program is designed to serve the career and volunteer fire fighter, industrial fire protection personnel, fire protection specialist or the recent high school graduate who has an interest in fire service. The program will be offered primarily in the evening for part-time students. Upon completion of the program, students will have attained the skills and knowledge to perform their current duties more effectively and to prepare them for greater levels of responsibility within the fire service system. Courses completed to satisfy the requirements of the certificate program may be used to meet the requirements for the A.A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Be prepared with a scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control with emphasis on effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to incorporate the theory and applications to become a credentialed professional in the fire service.

First Year

Total Semester Hours: 15

Winter Session

Total Semester Hours: 18

Summer Session

Total Program Hours: 33

Developmental Courses

Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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