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Fire Protection Technology
Associates of Applied Science Degree
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Current firefighters can further their education through ACC's associate degree program, a traditional , two year college program that includes general education classes and fire safety instruction. Upon completion, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Fire science Associate degree classes are generally lecture and guided discussion, with many being facilitated in a hybrid distance learning format. They are facilitated at various ACC campuses, fire stations and high schools, and are taught by experienced members of fire departments located throughout central Texas.

Students are also required to complete general education requirements such as English, Math, Science, Philosophy, Government, Speech, and Computer Science.

Students who are full-time, part-time, or volunteer firefighters with an accredited level of Firefighter Basic Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP); or an equivalent under the State Fireman's and Fire Marshalls' Association of Texas volunteer certification program are "tuition exempt" in the state of Texas. In addition, most departments offer incentive pay to firefighters who pursue a college degree and receive upper level certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

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