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Fire Science FAQ


What are the prerequisites for the programs?
How long does it take to complete the programs?
When do classes start?
What schedule do they run on?
How many credits will I earn?
Will they transfer to another college?
Can I get an associate degree?
How much will it cost?
Is financial aid available?
What jobs are available for Firefighters?
How much does a Firefighter make?
Where is your program located?
Who can I contact for more information?

 



What are the prerequisites for the programs?
To enroll in the Fire Academy you must be able to demonstrate basic competencies in both Mathematics and English. There is also an application process that must be completed that includes a background check and motor vehicle report. Prior to enrolling in many of the other courses, instructor approval is required to establish knowledge and competencies specific to the course. For more specific information please contact Cindy Smith at (303) 340-7070 or at Cindy.Smith@ccaurora.edu.

How long does it take to complete the programs?
The Fire Academy can be completed in one semester. All individual courses can also be completed within one semester. For the certificate and degree programs to be completed it will take multiple semesters to complete and will be dependent on course load.

When do classes start?
The Fire Academy starts every Spring and Fall semester. Other FST courses start every Spring, Summer and Fall semester.

What schedule do they run on?
The Fire Academy runs Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6-10PM on the Lowry Campus for course work and Saturdays, 8AM-5PM at the Aurora Fire Rescue Training Grounds (CAPSTC) for drill ground training. Additional Fire Science courses run on a variety of schedules.

How many credits will I earn?
After completing the Fire Academy you will receive seventeen (17) credits from the Community College of Aurora. An A.A.S. in Fire Science is available.

Will they transfer to another college?
The credits you will receive at the Community College of Aurora will transfer to the majority of colleges within Colorado. The Community College of Aurora is currently working on articulation agreements with specific Universities to ease the transition to a four-year school. For more specific information, contact an advisor at the school you intend to transfer to.

Can I get an associate degree?
The Community College of Aurora offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in both Fire Science Technology. In addition to this, the completion of general education requirements will be necessary to complete the sixty (62) college credits that are needed to obtain the degree. Advisors are available to help explain the process and assist with the goal of degree completion.

How much will it cost?
Tuition and fees are always subject to change. It is also dependent on residency within the State of Colorado. For the most up to date tuition and fees please click here.

Is financial aid available?
The Fire Science Technology courses are eligible for financial aid. The Community College of Aurora has several programs to help pay for college. For more information on how to apply for financial aid or if you have further questions please click here.

What jobs are available for Firefighters?
National statistics reveal that in the next ten year period, the need for Firefighters across the country will have up to a nineteen percent increase. That is a projected 152,000 jobs nationwide. On a local level, it is anticipated that the need will be nearly the same and an eighteen percent increase can be expected.

How much does a Firefighter make?
Throughout the United States of America, the median annual income for a Firefighter is $45,000.00 annually. In Colorado the median income is slightly higher.

Where is your program located?
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Who can I contact for more information?
For more information about our programs, or if you have more questions, please contact Cindy Smith at (303)340-7070 or at Cindy.Smith@ccaurora.edu. Or, click here and fill out the form to have someone contact you.
 

Plans of Study

For more information regarding career options, salary ranges, educational opportunities, and physical and sensory requirements in fire science technology, please see CCA's Fire Science Technology Plan of Study.

Click here for employment information related to our certificates 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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