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2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
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Fire Protection Technology, AAS

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The Fire Sciences Department (FIRE) provides training and education for students wishing to begin a career in the fire service, attain a higher level of education, and/or prepare for career advancement.

Within the Fire Sciences Department, two degrees are offered:

  • The Fire Protection Technology, AAS degree is designed to prepare those students wishing to enter the fire protection career as entry-level firefighters. It is a skills and certification-based program that prepares a student with the education, certifications, and affiliation, valued by fire service leaders.
  • The Fire Service Administration, AAS-T  degree is designed for students who are currently working as career firefighters and wish to create the opportunity for upward mobility. The degree is academic-based and is primarily online in its delivery, suiting the needs of shift workers. The degree is fully transferable to bachelor-level programs.
  • By adding a third year of general education courses, students receiving the Fire Protection Technology, AAS degree can also obtain the Fire Service Administration, AAS-T degree. Achieving the AAS-T degree means not only being prepared for an entry-level fire-fighting position, but also lays the foundation for eventual advancement in the fire service.

Sample Career Options

Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admission to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Management (BASM) degree  and, in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

96 credits

First Year

Second Year


† Students who do not receive appropriate placement test score will require additional coursework to develop necessary skills for entry into class. 

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