Completion of the Fire Protection Technology Associate is Science provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the fire service. The program is designed to build on completion of the Fire Academy, which satisfies curriculum requirements of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for Basic Fire Suppression. Subsequent courses in the degree are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for first level supervision in a fire department.

Students may elect to declare the Fire Academy or Fire Officer Certificate as their major.  This allows students to focus entirely upon the courses required for the certificate without having to take other courses required for the Fire Protection Technology AAS. As an example, current firefighters may select the Fire Officer Certificate to enhance promotional opportunities with their fire department. Upon successful completion of a certificate, students are eligible to attend COM’s graduation ceremony.

Stackable Credentials

Stackable Credentials

Full-Time Schedules 

Certificate1 - Fire Academy

The Fire Academy is a 16 week program, which includes 25 credit hours and 640 contact hours. The Academy is comprised of the following seven courses: FIRS 1401FIRS 1407FIRS 1313,  FIRS 1319FIRS 1323FIRS 1329FIRS 1103, and FIRS 1433. Students may only register by authorization of the Director of Fire Technology after completing the application process. See the Fire Academy home page at www.com.edu/fire-technology/academy.php for details or contact Danny McLerran at 409-933-8378 or the Administrative Assistants at 409-933-8285 or 409-933-8224.

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
FIRS 1401 Firefighter Certification I 4
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4
FIRS 1313 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRS 1323 Firefighter Certification V 3
FIRS 1329 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII 4
FIRS 1103 Firefighter Agility & Fitness Preparation 1
 Semester Credit Hours25
 Total Semester Credit Hours25
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.

Certificate1 - Fire Officer

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
FIRT 2111 Incident Safety Officer 1
FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection Service 3
FIRT 1443 Fire Officer II 4
FIRT 1450 Fire Investigator 4
FIRT 2309 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I 3
FIRT 2407 Fire Instructor II 4
 Semester Credit Hours19
 Total Semester Credit Hours19
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.

Associate of Applied Science - Fire Technology

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
FIRS 1401 Firefighter Certification I 4
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4
FIRS 1313 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRS 1323 Firefighter Certification V 3
FIRS 1329 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII 4
FIRS 1103 Firefighter Agility & Fitness Preparation 1
These classes make up the Basic Fire Academy  
 Semester Credit Hours25
Semester #2
FIRT 2309 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I 3
FIRT 2407 Fire Instructor II 4
GOVT 2305
Federal Government Constitution & Topics)
or Texas Government
3
MATH 1314
College Algebra
or Elem Statistical Methods
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
FIRT 2111 Incident Safety Officer 1
FIRT 1443 Fire Officer II 4
CHEM 1406
Introductory Chemistry I
or General Chemistry I
4
 Semester Credit Hours9
Semester #4
FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection Service 3
FIRT 1450 Fire Investigator 4
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours10
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Schedules

Certificate1 - Fire Officer

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Spring)Semester Credit Hours
FIRT 2111 Incident Safety Officer 1
FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection Service 3
 Semester Credit Hours4
Semester #2 (Summer)
FIRT 1443 Fire Officer II 4
FIRT 1450 Fire Investigator 4
 Semester Credit Hours8
Semester #3 (Fall)
FIRT 2309 Firefighting Strategies and Tactics I 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #4 (Spring)
FIRT 2407 Fire Instructor II 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours19
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.