Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Courses

FIRS 101 - Firefighter Certification I

3 hours

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: History of the fire service, orientation to the fire service, firefighter qualifications and safety, fire service communications, incident command system, and fire behavior. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 102 - Firefighter Certification II

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 101

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Building construction, portable fire extinguishers, firefighter tools and equipment, ropes and knots, response and size-up. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 103 - Firefighter Certification III

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 102

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Forcible entry, ladders, search & rescue, ventilation, and water supply. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 104 - Firefighter Certification IV

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 103

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Fire hose, nozzles, streams and foam, firefighter survival, salvage and overhaul, firefighter rehabilitation, and wild land and ground fires. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 201 - Firefighter Certification V

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 104

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Fire suppression, pre-incident planning, fire and emergency medical care, emergency medical care, vehicle rescue and extrication, and assisting special rescue teams. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 202 - Firefighter Certification VI

3 hours

Prerequisite: FIRS 201

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Prevention and Public Education, Fire Detection, Protection, and suppression systems, and fire cause determination. Course should be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 203 - Firefighter Certification VII

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 202

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: Firefighter 1 and 2 skills, and Hazardous Materials awareness and operations skills. The course also includes all laboratory elements for FIRS 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, and 203. Course must be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

FIRS 204 - Fire Fighting Practicum - "Boot Camp"

1 hour

Prerequisite: FIRS 203

One in a series of courses in basic preparation for a new firefighter. Covers the following subjects: live fire operations, hands on skills completion, skills testing and evaluation. Course must be taken in conjunction with Firefighter Certification II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VII to satisfy the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) curriculum for Basic Structural Fire Suppression.

EMSP 201 - EMT Basic

4 hours

This course is designed to teach the student how to apply operational principles in out-of-hospital environments and demonstrate lifesaving care to patients at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level and display professional and ethical behaviors expected of emergency personnel.

EMSP 202 - EMT Clinical

1 hour

Co-requisite: EMSP 201

This course is designed to teach the student the hands-on skills necessary for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level, as well as satisfy EMS clinical and ambulance rotation requirements in order to be certified as an EMT by the Texas Department of Health.

FIRT 211 - Internship

3 hours

Co-requisite: FIRS 204

This course is designed give the student "real world" fire service experience through internship with a local fire department.

FIRT 212 - Firefighter Health & Safety

3 hours

Prerequisite: FIRS 204

This course teaches the student fire ground survival techniques, firefighter safety and health, practices and procedures related to emergency and non-emergency operations and components of a firefighter wellness program.

FIRT 213 - Fire Prevention, Codes, and Inspection

3 hours

Prerequisite: FIRS 204, TCFP Certification

This course will train the student to be a certified fire inspector. The student will learn to apply provisions of local building and fire prevention codes to fire prevention inspections; and describe fire inspection practices and procedures including hazard recognition and correction.

FIRT 214 - Fire Investigation

3 hours

Prerequisite: FIRS 204, TCFP Certification

This course will train the student to be a certified fire investigator. The student will learn to identify the point of origin and the cause of the fire; list possible motives of fire setters; and describe the elements of investigation practices.

FIRST 215 - Fire Apparatus Pumper-Driver/Operator

3 hours

Prerequisite: FIRS 204, TCFP Certification

The course will train the student to become certified to drive a pumper (engine) fire apparatus.  The course is designed to teach the student to demonstrate competencies set forth in the TCFP curriculum for Driver/Operator-Pumper.


Fire Science, A.A.S. through Distance Education

Admission

This program is designed for individuals who have completed the fire science courses at Training Division and want to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science.  Students seeking admission to the program must submit the following materials to the Office of Distance Education.

1.      A formal application for admission

2.      Official transcripts of all college or university course work

  • Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable semester credit hours must also submit an official high school transcript or official GED test results and
  • SAT or ACT score report

3.      Official Training Division transcript of fire science course work

4.      Formal letter of recommendation

5.      Statement of purpose - one page, typed essay describing reasons for desiring to complete a college degree in fire science.

Students will be informed of admission with a formal Letter of Acceptance. Admission to the program is on a space available basis each semester.

Academic Program

The A.A.S. degree in Fire Science consists of 60 semester credit hours.  Twenty seven of these hours will be fire science and emergency medical technician courses transferred from Training Division.  Thirty three additional semester hours will be completed consisting of the courses specified in the A.A.S. degree requirements.  Graduates will complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in residence. They will also meet the required levels of mathematics and computer application proficiency.  Transfer credit will be awarded according to University policy.  The degree can generally be completed over three semesters, or one calendar year.

Cost of the Distance Education Program

Distance education tuition is $402 (50% of regular) per credit hour.  There are no additional fees.  There are no scholarship or payment plans for this program.  All charges must be covered at the time of registration.  Students may apply for financial aid and are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Services for assistance.

 

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