Advanced Education in Fire Science Programs
State University Of New York
Empire State College
Empire State College (ESC), part of the State University of New York, offers students various alternatives for earning course credits leading toward a degree, as well as certificates.
Fire Services Administration
Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning is one of seven colleges across the country offering the Degrees at a Distance Program of the National Fire Academy. There are currently 15 Bachelor's-level courses available in a fully on-line environment. With the guidance of an experienced mentor you will design a program that meets your professional goals, combining coursework at Empire, transfer of credits from other accredited colleges, and credit for college-level learning outside of the classroom environment. Certain training courses at FDNY have been pre-evaluated and can qualify for ACE-recommended credit towards your degree. To learn more about Fire Services Administration and related programs go to www.esc.edu/em on the web. For general information about the college call 1-800-847-3000 X2300.
For information about the Fire program contact:
Empire State College
Center for Distance Learning
2 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
If you are interested in a certificate for Fire Service Administration, please contact ESC at the above number.
NYS Colleges With Fire Programs
Associate (2-year) Degree or Certificate
Bachelors and Masters Degree
Selected NYS OFPC courses may be awarded credit at some SUNY colleges.
Credit is awarded at the discretion of the individual college. Students should check with the college to determine if they award credit for OFPC courses, which courses are eligible, the specific procedure to be followed, and any unique requirements, such as completion of a proficiency exam.
Generally speaking, the criteria to receive college credit for a NYS OFPC course are:
1. The college must accept the course;
2. The student must be matriculated in a degree program at that college;
3. The student must currently be enrolled in a course at that college;
4. The student must satisfy the requirements of that institution regarding the course for which they are requesting credit;
5. The OFPC course must meet the following requirements:a) The delivery of the fire training must meet generally accepted academic standards, including a course syllabus/document that is consistent with a college course, appropriate classroom space and educational materials, and measures to insure integrity of the testing process.
b) The fire training course must meet the educational objectives of the college course. A three semester-hour college course represents 45 instructor-student class contact hours in a lecture format.
c) There must be a series of graded assignments and exams, and an academically valid end-of-course cognitive evaluation instrument, such as a final exam.
6. If there is an associated National Certification offered by OFPC, this must be achieved. This applies to the following certifications and OFPC courses of the same or similar title:
NFPA 1001 - Firefighter I, Firefighter II
NFPA 1003 - Airport Firefighter (Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting course)
NFPA 1021 - Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III
NFPA 1031 - Fire Inspector I
NFPA 1035 - Fire and Life Safety Educator I
NFPA 1041 - Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Service Instructor II
NFPA 472 - Hazardous Materials Operations, Hazardous Materials Technician
NFPA 1521 - Incident Safety Officer
OFPC students wishing to apply for college credit should contact their local SUNY college to determine the procedure, and to ascertain if any fees are associated with this process.