Students considering an education in fire protection should think not only about the program level they want to pursue, but also the cost of enrollment and the quality of a school's fire-related equipment before making an academic decision.
Ten Schools with Fire Protection and Safety Programs
The following schools offer degrees and certificates in fire prevention and safety technology and/or fire science.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-6)*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state|
|Riverside City College||Riverside, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,426 in-state, $7,366 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
*Source: NCES College Navigator.
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for fire protection and safety schools:
- When searching for a fire protection degree, the student should understand what he or she is trying to get out of a program. For example, many associate's programs are meant for working firefighters who want to improve their opportunities for career advancement.
- Classes offered should include hazardous materials management, fire investigation, fire administration, hydraulics applications, fire protection principles and firefighter health.
- Schools at all levels should feature state-of-the-art laboratories and computer technology.
- Curricula should offer seminars with fire professionals and other hands-on learning opportunities.
Many community colleges offer associate's degrees in fire technology. Some may also offer one- or two-year undergraduate certificates, as well as bachelor's degrees.