Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin Supplement 2013-2014 PDF


Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Fire Science program are to provide each student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as a Firefighter/EMT. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Subject matter proficiency
  2. A variety of Firefighter skills to meet State certification requirements
  3. A variety of EMT skills to meet State certification requirements
  4. Fire Inspector competencies needed for State certification
  5. Critical thinking in addressing discipline-based questions
  6. Familiarity with standards, expectations and ethics in the discipline

Admission Criteria

1.  Meet all admission requirements for enrollment at Southwestern Adventist University.

2.  Complete all steps in the Fire Science Application Process.

3.  Complete all Fire Science pre-requisites:

            a.  Minimum score of 12 on the Nelson Denny

                        Students scoring minimums may enter the program on a probationary basis and must take RDNG 021 and ENGL 021

            b.  Minimum of 500 SAT Math or 21 ACT Math

                        Students scoring below minimums may enter the program on a probationary basis and must take MATH 013.

            c.  Minimum score of 70 on the Computer Proficiency Test

                        Students scoring below 70 may enter the program on a probationary basis and must take CSIS 102.

            d.  Minimum high school GPA of 2.75

                        Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Fire Science Application Process

1.  Obtain two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives.

2..  Submit a statement of purpose—a one page, typed essay describing reasons why you would like to become a firefighter.

3.  Complete and submit all health records.

      a.  Physicians release for strenuous physical activity

      b.  Submit to, pay for, and pass a 10-panel drug screen

      c.  Provide documented proof of vaccinations:  MMR, TB, Hepatitis B, Influenza,  Meningitis and Tetanus

4.  Submit to, pay for, and pass a criminal background check.

Continuation and Progression Policies

  1. The Department of Kinesiology reserves the right to require withdrawal of a Fire Science student from the program or a Fire Science course who fails to demonstrate competency and/or displays inappropriate/unprofessional or unsafe behavior.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to progress in Fire Science and to graduate. No grade lower than C will be accepted in Fire Science courses. Students whose GPA falls below 2.75 at any time during the program must raise their GPA to 2.75 or better within the next semester to continue in the program. If the GPA remains below 2.75, the student will be permanently dropped from the program.
  3. Students are allowed only one repeat of one Fire Science course.
  4. Fire Science courses dropped within one (1) week after the midterm date on the academic calendar will not count as a completed course. A Fire Science course that is dropped after that time will be treated as a completed Fire Science course.
  5. Students who fail a course may progress only with permission of the Kinesiology Department.
  6. All Fire Science courses are to be completed within a three-year time frame.
  7. Students cannot take the Texas Fire Certification exam until all degree requirements have been met. 

Termination Policy

The following situations or conditions will result in termination from the fire science program:

  1. Unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional fire science practice
  2. GPA less than 2.75 for two consecutive semesters
  3. Unresolved issues with the drug screen and background checks

Readmission Policy

Readmission is possible for Fire Science students who left the program in good standing, and according to the Fire Science progression criteria. Students who have been out of the program will return under the most current bulletin.  A new background check and drug screen must be completed and approved before being readmitted.

Transportation Policies

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from off-campus. Faculty will not provide transportation.

On-campus Residency and Transfer Requirements

Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in residence.  The last 12 hours before graduation must be taken in residence at SWAU.  Transfer credits will be awarded according to University policy.

Fire Science, A.A.S.

ENGL 121

Freshman Composition or


COMM 111



RLGN 212

Christian Ethics





KINT 111

Health and Wellness


POLS 211

National & Texas Constitution


BIOL 101

Anatomy & Physiology





FIRS 101

Firefighter Certification I


FIRS 102

Firefighter Certification II


FIRS 103

Firefighter Certification III


FIRS 104

Firefighter Certification IV


FIRS 201

Firefighter Certification V


FIRS 202

Firefighter Certification VI


FIRS 203

Firefighter Certification VII


FIRS 204

Firefighter Practicum (Boot Camp)*


FIRT 211



FIRT 212

Firefighter Health & Safety


FIRT 213

Fire Prevention, Codes, and Inspection


FIRT 214

Fire Investigator or


FIRS 215

Fire Apparatus Pumper – Driver/Operator


EMSP 201

EMT Basic


EMSP 202

EMT Clinical






*Includes all laboratory elements for: FIRS 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202 and 203


Boot Camp

Boot camp is an intensive hands-on lab/skills session that is completed in a special summer term after successful completion of the freshman year. The candidate will sign up for a May, June, July, or August Boot Camp offering before the end of their first semester.  Boot Camp is completed Training Division in Crowley, TX.  Students will be participating in an intensive 2-week program designed to complete the practical (skills) portion of the Fire Academy.  Every effort has been made to replicate a real working fire station to make the Boot Camp experience in every way a slice of the professional firefighter’s life.  The entire academy class will be housed in a new, state of the art training facility.  Students will be responsible for cleaning and basic housekeeping for the facility.  Most hands-on training will take place in the fire yard, on the apparatus, fire tower, in a burning building, or at other appropriate facilities.  Students will be required to pass the final evaluation with at least an 80% in order to be permitted to test for their certificate with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.  The final evaluation is a 200 question, multiple-choice exam that will be given at the boot camp.  Failure in any of these components will require remedial training and a re-test.

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


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 from the Training Division

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.

Cost of the Distance Education Program

Distance education tuition is $380 (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.


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.


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