Fire Science

Fire Science

MCC partners with area fire service agencies to provide fire academy training and college credits for those who want a career in fire science.

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Firefighters putting out fire in training yard

As a Fire Science student, you will learn practical techniques for fighting fires and also study the theories of fire fighting techniques. MCC’s Fire Science programs cover a wide range of classes designed to prepare you for entry-level fire fighter positions and for advanced or promotion opportunities in fire services. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science is designed to provide you with the general education and technical training to succeed as a fire service professional. 

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Fire Science Program Options

  • AAS in Fire Science – The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science is designed for the student who expects to further his or her career in the fire service or related fields. The Fire Science program offers students command development and continuing education courses.
  • The Fire Fighter Certificate is designed to either prepare a student for a career in the fire service or to enhance the knowledge and skills of an individual who is already employed as a firefighter. It is a 21- to 23-credit-hour program.

The certificates serve as a step in the student’s path to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science.

Mohave Community College’s Fire Science program, which mirrors the latest national qualification standards, is designed for fire service professionals who want to enhance their technical competencies or increase their prospects for career advancement. Graduates of the program will have a “theoretical core” on which they can continue to build throughout their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these programs accredited?

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, other accreditations are held by specific programs. Ask an advisor for specifics.

Does MCC offer job placement in the area of Public Safety?

MCC can provide contact information for the various agencies; however, the hiring process is conducted by each agency’s Human Resources Department.

How long does it take to complete the certificate programs?

The programs are 19 to 30 credit hours. It can take from two to four semesters to complete a certificate, depending upon how many classes you can take each semester.

How often are classes offered?

Fire Science classes are offered every semester. Classes are available during the day and evening hours, limited weekends, and online through MCC’s distance education program. No FSC classes will be offered in the summer.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, MCC has financial aid available. Please visit our Financial Aid page for information on applying for financial aid, and available scholarships. Students who are interested should apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify. Go to for an online application.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact the Fire Science Director at 928.757.0841 In addition, you can contact the Student Services office on the nearest campus.

Who determines if coursework transfers to MCC?

The MCC Registrar makes all decisions regarding the transfer of courses and will only evaluate official written transcripts. Visit your local MCC campus Student Services office for more information.

Will a criminal record exclude me from any law enforcement career?

A felony conviction will exclude you from a law enforcement career. Misdemeanor convictions are evaluated by a law enforcement agency on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program could lead to professional licensure or certification within the state of Arizona. View this state guide to identify other states in which MCC program requirements fulfill educational guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

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