Fire Protection Technology, Associate in Science

The Fire Protection Technology program prepares students for a career in the fire service. The curriculum includes courses in building construction related to firefighter and life safety, history and philosophy of fire prevention, fire and life safety education, fire investigation, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, and the culture and history of emergency services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Assess emergency situations and employ strategies and tactics to mitigate the situation.
  • Analyze and assess firefighter hazards and operations inherent to the profession.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Certificate of Acievement Requirements
FPTC 1Principles of Emergency Services3
FPTC 2Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FPTC 3Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival3
FPTC 4Building Construction for Fire Prevention3
FPTC 5Fire Prevention3
FPTC 6Fire Protection Systems3
Required Core
Select a minimum of 12 units of the following:12-14.5
Rescue Systems 1: Basic Rescue Skills
Introduction to Firefighter Academy
Firefighter I Observation and Certification Assessment
Firefighter II Observation and Certification Assessment
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A: Emergency Vehicle Operati
Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B: Pump Operations
Firefighter Academy
Firefighter Academy Application
Firefighter II Academy
Instructor I - Instructional Methodology
I-300 Intermediate Incident Command System
I-400 Incident Command System
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS30-32.5
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.27.5-30
Total Units60

Graduation Requirements

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  
 

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.