Ignite your career by joining the OTC Fire Science Technology Program. The program’s mission is to educate, train and prepare students for employment and advancement in firefighting careers by providing learning opportunities to current and aspiring firefighters. Career, volunteer and combination fire departments comprise approximately 100 departments throughout southwest Missouri. The Fire Science Technology Program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, and success upon entry into the field. The coursework will also expand students’ current knowledge and skillsets. Offering three different levels of education, the Fire Science Technology Program has a path that fits your career goals.

The Fire Science Technology Program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and is recognized as meeting the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) minimum standards of excellence.

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), 1812 Tyler Avenue, Stillwater, OK, 74078-8705, (405) 744-830.  The program’s next review will take place during the Fall 2025 semester.

Student Achievement and Outcomes

The Goals of the Fire Science Technology program at Ozarks Technical Community College include:

  1. Encourage and promote excellence in teaching and scholarship by respecting the process of learning, believing in the importance of scholarly learning and the role of the student in the process.
  2. Increase student acceptance, recognition and realization of industry training standards.
  3. Increase student acceptance, recognition and realization of industry performance standards.
  4. Prepare graduates with workable skills using computer literacy, technical communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The above goals feed into the Institutional Learning Outcomes of:

  • Communication – Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, including listening, speaking and writing, in order to advance academically and professionally.
  • Employability – Students will develop career competencies and self-management skills needed to gain employment in their chosen professions.
  • Professionalism – Students will develop personal and professional relationships by demonstrating ethical behavior, collaborative work and constructive conflict resolution to promote success and advancement in their careers.
  • Critical Reasoning – Students will demonstrate the ability to problem solve through the processes of analyzing, reflecting, reasoning and forming conclusions and judgments on a variety of math concepts, ideas, issues and information.
  • Information Literacy – Students will demonstrate how to create, retrieve, organize and analyze information, including information from digital and technological sources.
  • Cultural and Global Awareness – Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and respect the impact of different cultures, ethnic groups and values on society and the interdependence of people around the globe.

Graduate Student Learning Survey Results

Fire Science Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Outcomes

MERIC Occupational Outlook

Program Transfer Outcomes

Fire Service Administration Associate of Science Degree
Program Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fire Science Technology program is to educate, train, and prepare students for employment, promotion and advancement in a firefighting career by providing opportunities to new and current firefighters thereby increasing their employment, promotional and advancement probability.