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Firefighter Recruit Candidate, Certificate of Completion

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Our degree provides our students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in obtaining a job in Emergency Services, or if already employed, to give them the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance in their careers.

Total Program Credits: 32

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Must be admitted to UVU
  2. Complete pre-requisites of ESFF 1000 and ESFF 1120 with a grade of C- or higher
  3. Be NREMT certified or complete an EMT course through UVU or another recognized agency/institution
  4. Demonstrate competency in English and Math (by one of the following: ACT, SAT, High School Transcript, College Level courses, degrees, and/or RCA entrance exam.)
  5. Be at least 18 years of age before class starts
  6. Have any valid form of Government Issue Photo Identification (Driver’s license, State ID or Passport)
  7. Complete online application found at
Discipline Core Requirements: 32 Credits
Complete the following:  
  ESEC 1140 Emergency Medical Technician--Basic 9
  ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing 4
  ESFF 1120 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
  ESFF 250A Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy I 8
  ESFF 250B Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy II 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above, with completion of each Emergency Services class with a C- or higher.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 32 credits.
  3. Residency hours -- Minimum of 10 credits required through course attendance at UVU.

Note: CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of courses for the Basic Recruit Certificate, students are eligible to apply for certification at the Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials First Responder-Awareness and Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operations levels through the Utah Fire Science Certification System. Students are also eligible for certification at the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level through the Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours

ESEC 1140

Emergency Medical Technician--Basic

ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testin 4
ESFF 1120 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Students also need meet a minimum math and English requirement and pass a physical test. 
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ESFF 250A Recruit Candidate Academy I 8
ESFF 250B Recruit Candidate Academy II 8
  Semester total: 16
  Degree total: 32


Emergency Services

The Emergency Services department is in the College of Health and Public Services. To find the most up-to-date information, including Program Learning Outcomes for degree programs offered by the Emergency Services department, visit their website.

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