Advising & Degree Information
At Paradise Valley Community College, students can pursue both Associate Degrees and Professional Certificates (referred to as Certificates of Completion) in areas of Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technology. For information on the different types of degrees and certificates offered, as well as information on how to get started pursuing your Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technology education, please see the respective section below.
For those interested in an advisement appointment for their Fire Science/EMT educational path, please call the EMT/FSC Office at (602) 787-6782 to schedule an appointment. For those needing questions answered regarding any of our EMT/FSC courses, please call the office number above and our staff can assist you in answering your questions.
Earn Credit for Prior EMS/Fire Service Experience & Education
PVCC offers a credit for prior learning program in both Fire Science and EMT. We award credit for a student's previous fire service/EMS training, education, and experience. This credit is awarded based on current professional standards, specifically the awarding of credit for certification & experience meeting, or exceeding, National Fire Protection Association standards, and/or AZ DHS/National Registry standards. Please contact the EMT/FSC office at (602) 787-6782 to discuss this program and determine how you can be awarded college credit for your fire service/EMS experience.
ASSOCIATE DEGREES OFFERED
AAS- EMERGENCY RESPONSE & OPERATIONS (3112) - 2 Year Plan
The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Response and Operations provides students
with the knowledge and skills needed in today's public safety workplace. The program develops
skills for planning, responding, and mitigating emergency situations with emphasis on effective
response and operations. The following are the focus areas students may choose for this degree
(students may pursue multiple tracks):
TRACK I: FIRE OPERATIONS - Degree Checklist
- For those interested in becoming a firefighter and plan to take the Firefighter Operations
Academy (Firefighter I & II), this is the degree track to choose.
**MOST POPULAR FOR FIRE SCIENCE STUDENTS**
TRACK II: PARAMEDICINE - Degree Checklist
- For those interested in becoming a Paramedic, this is the degree track to choose.
**MOST POPULAR FOR EMT STUDENTS**
TRACK III: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - Degree Checklist
- For those interested in a career in managing major emergency/disaster situations, this
is the degree track to choose.
TRACK IV: FIRE SCIENCE - Degree Checklist
- For those interested in becoming a firefighter, but do not want to take the Firefighter
Operations Academy (Firefighter I & II), this is the degree track to choose.
TRACK V: FIRE INVESTIGATOR - Degree Checklist
- For those interested in a becoming a fire/arson investigator, this is the degree track to
ALL 5 TRACKS - Degree Checklist
AAS- FIRE SERVICE PROFESSIONAL (3064) - 2 Year Plan - Degree Checklist
The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science provides instruction in practical firefighting,
hazardous materials and fire service management. It is designed to help professional fire service
personnel more efficiently perform their duties and prepare students for a career in the fire service
or related fields.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING DEGREES:
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES OFFERED
Below are the Certificate of Completions available at PVCC (strictly focus area courses only, no general
education requirements needed):
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE
GUIDE TO GET STARTED PURSUING EMT/FSC EDUCATION
Complete an admissions form on-line or in the KSC Building on campus.
If you have previous college credits from another college/university, send an official transcript from that college/university to the PVCC Admissions & Records office, and request the PVCC Admissions & Records office to process the transcript within two weeks of the official transcript sent date.
Complete college placement tests at PVCC. Contact the PVCC Testing Center at (602) 787-7050/website for information on tests offered/needed for your education path and hours of operation.
Setup an advisement appointment with the EMT/FSC Office Staff and/or Program Directors regarding the Fire Science, EMT, or Paramedic Programs. Contact the PVCC EMT/FSC Office at (602) 787-6782 to setup an appointment. Please browse through the Degrees/Certificates section above for more information as well.
Register for classes either online at www.my.maricopa.edu, by phone at (602) 787-7000, or in person through Admissions & Records in the KSC Building on campus.