Advanced Education in Fire Science Programs

Degrees at a Distance

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 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
Landline: 518-587-2100


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

SUNY Broome Community College
PO Box 1017
Binghamton, NY 13902

Corning Community College
1 Academic Drive
Corning, NY 14830

Dutchess Community College
53 Pendall Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595

Erie Community College
South Campus
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Finger Lakes Community College
Canandaigua Campus
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer Street
P.O. Box 20
Jamestown, NY 14702-0020

Jefferson County Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica Campus
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501

Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623

Onondaga Community College
4585 W Seneca Tnpk
Syracuse, NY 13215

Rockland Community College
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901

Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305

Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784

Bachelors and Masters Degree

Empire State College
Center for Distance Learning
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Elmira College
1 Park Pl
Elmira, NY 14901

Degree Credit for OFPC Courses

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:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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