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  May 30, 2023
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Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science

The Program

The Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree program offers students a sequence of courses designed to provide the relevant technical knowledge needed to prepare students for entry or advancement in the fire service or a related fire protection field.

This program includes an embedded Limited Access Fire Science Cadet Academy option that provides recent high school graduates and other students interested in a fire-fighting career who can attend a full-time program the opportunity to earn the Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree, an Emergency Medical Technician certification, and a Florida Firefighter certification. Students interested in the Fire Science Cadet Academy track option should contact the program manager for additional information. 

Embedded Certificate(s)

Two technical certificates, Fire Officer Supervisor (6455) (T.C.)  and Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.) , are included as options within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue the certificate to develop or upgrade their skills. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for the aforementioned technical certificate. If you meet the requirements for the technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate upon meeting its requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.

The Career

In addition to community fire departments, there are opportunities in government installations such as airports, as well as private fire-fighting companies. There is also a need for inspectors, investigators, forest rangers, and smoke jumpers. In all cases, employment is based on high test scores and outstanding skills.

Application Procedure (Fire Science Cadet Academy Track)

The Fire Science Cadet Academy track begins in the fall of each academic year.

Students interested in the Fire Science Cadet Academy track option are encouraged to pay careful attention to the application procedure and application requirements. Students selecting this option are encouraged to contact the program manager for additional information. 

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance into the Fire Cadet Academy Track option students must meet the following by the application deadline of July 15th each academic year:

  1. Be accepted into the Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.)  Degree Program.
  2. Submit a request to participate in the Fire Science Cadet Academy Track for the academic year.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the second semester of the academic year.

After acceptance into the Fire Science Technology (2911) (A.S.)  degree program students must meet the application requirements for the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.)  and Firefighter (5820) (C.C.)  programs and submit the following:

  1. Criminal background check (national).
  2. FDLE background investigation report.
  3. Drug screening.
  4. Medical examination for FST-2 from a licensed Florida physician.
  5. Proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis and flu shot).
  6. Polygraph examination.
  7. Lifetime driving history from each state in which you have been licensed.
  8. Pass a physical fitness test with a timed score of 7 minutes or less. 
  9. Notarized copy of a statement of meeting minimum requirements of a fire fighter in the state of Florida.
  10. DD-214 if prior military. 

Prior to beginning coursework within the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.)  program students must contact the EMS program manager prior to registering for classes.  After acceptance into the Emergency Medical Technician (6394) (T.C.)  program students must: 

  1. Submit to a criminal background check (national);
  2. Submit to a drug screening;
  3. Submit to a physical examination; 
  4. Provide proof of immunizations (rubella, German measles, mumps, varicella, H1N1 virus, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and flu shot).
  5. Provide proof of current Basic Life Support provider (BLS) card (front and back);
  6. Provide proof of current driver’s license;
  7. Provide proof of current personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage; and
  8. Provide proof of current health insurance coverage.

Prior to beginning coursework within the Firefighter (5820) (C.C.)  program students must submit the following:

  1. Digital fingerprints to the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for proof of good moral character.
  2. Application for Certification as a Fire Fighter through the Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at
  3. Proof of medical insurance coverage (must remain in full force throughout program duration).

Need More Information? Contact:

Robert Massicotte, Professor, (904) 646-2298 or

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General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 15

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 30

Professional Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 15

Select from one of the following tracks:

Fire Science Cadet Academy Track
Fire Science Technology Track
Total Credit Hours: 60

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020  or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
  7. Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
  8. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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