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Contact: Robin Shusko, Program Manager • • 301.846.2673 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Robin Shusko, Program Manager


Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Fire Service Administration A.A.S. Degree The Fire Service Administration A.A.S. degree program prepares graduates to function as entry-level fire and emergency service providers. The program also provides the degree credential necessary for rank promotion and career advancement.

This program is open to any career or volunteer fire fighter and integrates general education coursework with the major components of the Division of Fire Rescue Services (DFRS) Fire/Rescue training curriculum.

Students will complete a total of 60 credits, including 21 general education credits, 24 credits in supporting professional studies courses, and 15 credits through Fire/Rescue Department Career Recruit School courses. Certain courses are restricted to employees or volunteers of the Fire/EMS Department or an emergency services agency.
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System. 

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

1 Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement Fire 101 Fire Protection Systems   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement Fire 103 Fire Investigation and Analysis   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core General Education Arts & Humanities (Communications CMSP 105 or CMSP 107 recommended)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Jan Term)

5 Concentration FS 105 Risk Assessment, Reduction, and Safety   3 Credits
6 Concentration FIRE 107 Disaster Planning & Response   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core General Education Math (MATH 101 Fundamentals of Math recommended)   3/4 Credits
8 Concentration EMGT 104 Disaster Response and Recovery   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Spring)

9 Concentration FIRE 201 Fire & Emergency Services Administration   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed (SOCY 102 Social Problems recommended)   3 Credits
11 Gen Ed Core General Education Science (BSCI 201 or BSCI 107 or BSCI 117 or CHEM 101 recommended)   3 Credits
12 Concentration EMGT 201 Public Safety GIS & Technology   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Summer)

13 Concentration EMGT 221 Public Safety Leadership and Ethics   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement Wellness Elective (HLTH 201 Stress Management recommended)   3 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core General Education Elective   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*15 additional credits articulated from Division of Fire Rescue Service recruit training/Maryland Fire Rescue Institute/National Fire Academy courses

Other Requirements Credits
EMTB Emergency Medical Technician* 6
EVO Emergency Vehicle Operator* 2
FFI Firefighter I* 3
FFII Firefighter II* 2
HMO Hazardous Material Operations* 1
ICSNFA Incident Command System* 1
  15 credits

This program is designed to enhance qualifications for entry into the fire or emergency services areas, for preparation for entry-level hiring examinations (reading, writing, and basic mathematics), and for current firefighters and EMS personnel/volunteers wishing to complete a degree in Fire Service Administration. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate college-level communication skills.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for systems thinking about ways in which individuals, groups, institutions, and societies interrelate. (Social Sciences)
  • Demonstrate quantitative problem solving. (Math)
  • Apply scientific reasoning. (Science)
  • Demonstrate technological competence.
  • Interpret and apply academic, professional and civic ethics.
  • Make informed, critical responses to the visual, performing and literary arts and to the human values expressed in all art forms.
  • Evaluate personal wellness to make critically informed lifestyle choices reflecting an understanding of wellness.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence.
In addition, the application of general education courses will enhance the specific skills acquired through the Fire Service Administration program. The graduate will be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying knowledge and skills pertaining to firefighting, principles of fire behavior, fire protection systems, and fire and emergency services policy and operational procedures.
  • Incorporate the values and behaviors of an academically trained professional, and identify the various parameters of the career.
  • Evaluate case scenarios using mastery of firefighting and EMS concepts.
  • Apply principles, practices, and methods of the Fire and Rescue system to affect successful resolutions to potentially and commonly-encountered situations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods of assessment and leadership skills to elicit patient information or conduct scene analyses and prepare applicable reports, documents, reviews, etc.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  •  Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program
  •  Joseph O. Hooper Memorial Scholarship Endowment
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
$49,620.00/yr • +7%*
Fire Inspectors
$60,200.00/yr • +10%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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