How to Get Started
To get started in the Fire Protection Technology program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.
When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Fire Protection Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.
If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.
Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
Rising Star Program
If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.
Courses Offered (Curriculum)
Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degree and certificates:
- Fire Protection Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
- Fire Science Certificate
- Fire/Arson Investigation Certificate
Accreditation and Affiliations
Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Technical courses in the Fire Protection Technology program are offered at the El Centro College Bill J. Priest Campus, 1402 Corinth St., just south of I-30 and downtown Dallas (map).
Academic courses for the program are taught at the El Centro College Downtown Campus, 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas (maps).
We offer several other law and public safety programs that might interest you, including Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Services and Paramedic.
Other Degree and Certificate Options
The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of our degree plans by location or visit our credit programs home page.
Our Fire Protection Technology faculty members have not only relevant academic degrees but also impressive professional experience, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Fire Protection Technology faculty.
The Fire Protection Technology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.
Links to Additional Information
Note: Links to the following sites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.
If you have questions about the Fire Protection Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.