Understanding career options in fire science.

Overview
  • Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certificate

    • COTC offers initial EMT courses in conjunction with our affiliated partners at CTEC of Licking County, Knox County Career Center and the Ohio Fire Academy. EMS 120 is a 7-credit hour/one-semester course. Students completing the course will be eligible to apply to take The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam.
  • Fire with EMT Certificate

    • Students who pursue the Fire with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate gain entry-level skills in both firefighting and emergency medical services. Many fire stations seek students with skills in both firefighting and emergency medical services. Students can complete this certificate and enter the workforce, but are also encouraged to continue their training and education to complete the Associate Applied Science in Fire Science Technology (Link to the degree page> for advancement in a firefighting career.

    • Students can complete the Fire with EMT Certificate in two semesters. The first semester, students take two fire science courses. The second semester, students take one EMT course.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology

    • COTC has agreements with two program partners to offer students flexibility and options in selecting training courses.

    • Students can attend the full-time daytime program for ten weeks at the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) in Reynoldsburg, OH or attend the part-time evening program at C-TEC in Newark, OH.

    • The fire science technology associate degree program at COTC is the only degree program in central Ohio accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). ​

    • The Fire Science Technology Program at COTC was the first program in the central Ohio to be recognized by U.S. Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and follows the FESHE recommended curriculum.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technical Rescue

    • Technical rescue is a highly specialized “high risk/low frequency” area of fire department operations that requires a disproportionate amount of training and education when compared to “low risk/high frequency” operations in fire and emergency services.

    • The fire science technical rescue program not only meets the needs of students, but also satisfies the demands of the area job market, improves employability of students, and significantly improves technical rescue and scene/administrative management skills.

    • Successful completion of this program uniquely positions students for advancement in the fire department, particularly at the company officer level. Professional competencies accomplished through this degree also provide a safer work environment for firefighters and significantly increase the chances of successful victim rescue and improved patient outcomes in a high-risk environment.