Local fire departments are looking for qualified men and women who want to devote themselves to this challenging and satisfying career. Entry level requirements are rigorous, but firefighters report a high degree of job satisfaction. A Fire Science degree from a reputable institution like Prairie State College may soon be required for those who hope to be promoted and rise through the ranks. Although firefighters can find work in a variety of business and industrial settings, most work in municipal fire departments.
Firefighters must undergo stringent physical and mental testing to compete for jobs in local departments. Upon completion of a degree in Fire Science, students will be prepared for this testing. Our Fire Science classes are approved by the Illinois Office of State Fire Marshal for state certification.
Prairie State College (PSC) offers the classes you need at a fraction of the cost you would pay anywhere else. Make the comparison.
Fire Science A.A.S. Degree
This curriculum prepares the student for employment as a volunteer, paid-on-call part-time, or full-time municipal firefighter.
Fire Science Technology Certificate
This curriculum prepares the student for employment as a volunteer, paid-on-call part-time or full-time firefighter.
Firefighter II Certificate
This program is designed for students seeking employment in fire service by preparing them for the State Firefighter II certification exam. Students receive training in areas that include fire behavior, safety, fire control, communication, hazardous materials and fire prevention. Students demonstrate basic firefighter skills such as the use of ladders, hose, ropes, and breathing apparatus in a supervised setting.
Students must complete FST 101 Introduction to Fire Science Technology with a grade of C or better, or document current affiliation with a fire department prior to admission to this program.
The Firefighter/EMT certificate will provide the beginning student in the emergency response occupations with fundamental skills in basic fire fighting techniques and emergency medical care. Both areas have independent certification exams that must be successfully completed to obtain employment in the field.
Degrees and Certificates
View the curriculum for these programs in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire PDF of the catalog (1.63 MB). Since the printing of this catalog, there have been some additions and deletions. View the addendum for more information.
Please visit the Career and Transfer Programs Web page, where you will find advising guides with the most recent PSC catalog updates. The advising guides describe the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.