Become a Fire Officer or Fire Services Instructor

Earn Your Fire Science Associate’s Degree

Our Fire Science Associate's degree curriculum can help advance your career by developing your knowledge of fire protection concepts, fire behavior and combustion as well as honing your management and leadership abilities. Apply your skills to building both construction and protection systems while also developing strategies and tactics used for survival and firefighting.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree 18 Months

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Gain In-Field Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career as a fire officer or fire services instructor. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant fire science skills employers seek, by providing:

  • Strategy and Tactics

    Learn about fire ground control through use of personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents, and develop skills in fire behavior, firefighting tactics, and several tactical and radio exercises.

  • Industry-Based Knowledge and Skills

    Our curriculum is based on standards from the National Fire Academy, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s Office.*

  • Focused Curriculum

    Degree curriculum focuses on fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, emergency services, and ground control through utilization of equipment and extinguishing agents.

  • Leadership Development

    Courses include material to enhance your leadership skills through assignments in report writing and exercises in the group dynamics of coaching and counseling.

Become Industry Certified

Our industry-experienced faculty members also deliver course material required by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to earn Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II certifications. Graduates also complete the academic requirements to become Illinois Fire Services instructors.

Benefit From Our Valuable Partnerships

Through our exclusive partnership with the Romeoville Fire Academy, our instructors provide field skills training in facilities designed to simulate real-world fire scenarios.

*The National Fire Protection Association is not a Rasmussen College partner, nor do they accredit Rasmussen College.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • North Dakota State Patrol
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Bloomington Police Department
  • Burnett County Sheriff's Department
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Morrison County Social Services

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

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At Rasmussen College, it is important to us that we provide transparent, up-to-date salary estimates for all our degree programs as reported by our graduates. However, there is insufficient data available for this particular degree program at this time. Please check back, as we are working diligently to publish the updated salary information.

Program Entry Requirements

The Fire Science Associate’s degree at Rasmussen College is currently only available at the Romeoville/Joliet campus in Illinois.*

*Applicants also need to pass the Rasmussen College entrance placement exam(s) along with other program-specific requirements.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Fire Science Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential. Here is the average salary and projected job growth for fire science professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Fire Inspectors and Investigators$33,610$42,850$55,4406%
Firefighters $21,960$31,110$45,6006%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

Earning a Fire Science Associate’s degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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