Fire Science Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Fire Science Technology Program trains students for work as firefighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators, and other fire prevention-related careers. The program has learning opportunities for both students seeking to enter the workforce and for those who are already working in the field. Our instructors will evaluate your current experience level and help you build on your existing knowledge and skills. Foundational courses include Fire Prevention, Fire Hydraulics, Fire Protection Systems and more. Our graduates find employment locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. There are approximately 100 fire departments throughout southwest Missouri, providing our graduates with many opportunities to serve their communities.

The Fire Science Technology Program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Respond to and prevent fires
Serve their communities and keep people and property safe
Educate the public on fire prevention strategies
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Credits: 63*
Average Length: 2.4 Years
Average Salary: $50,555*
Graduation Retention Rate: 43%*

Possible Careers

Fire inspector
Fire investigator
Fire captain
Fire engineer
Fire chief

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Randy Villines
Fire Science Program Director


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

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