The Fire Science Program at Victoria College is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in fire science, which requires 61 credit hours to complete. When combined with core curriculum the AAS degree in fire science also serves as a solid foundation for transfer to your choice of a four-year university.

You may also obtain a Basic Firefighter Certificate, which requires 22 credit hours to complete. The certificate program includes courses that will also satisfy requirements for the associate degree, so you may choose to begin with a certificate program and easily move on to the degree program in the future.

A firefighter’s primary duties include containing and putting out fires in a variety of structures, as well as extinguishing wildfires. Firefighters are also trained to deal with emergencies at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, provide assistance with search and rescue efforts, and respond to a variety of medical emergencies.

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Mark Turner
Fire Academy- Instructor
Phone: (361) 572-6450

Linda Soto
Administrative Assistant II - Career, Health, & Technical Professions
Phone: (361) 573-3291 x3436


Curriculum includes:

  • Hands-on skills training
  • How to properly use fire equipment
  • Firefighting strategies and tactics
  • How fire services are organized and operated
  • Management techniques
  • Specialized job skills

VC’s Fire Science Program is approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for paid firefighters and the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course is approved by the Texas Department of Health.

Successful completion of all required training will enable you to take the Texas Commission on Fire Protection examination and become a certified firefighter in the state of Texas.

Degree plan and other info:

In addition to these degree and certificate programs, VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department offers a number of other training courses in Public Service as well.


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