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Fire Service Operations
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Curriculum code 1331

The Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program has special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Documents to be Submitted for a Complete File

  • Moraine Valley application for admission if not currently enrolled in college credit courses at Moraine Valley.

  • A completed Fire Service Operations Admission Application. Applications will be distributed at the mandatory Information Sessions. Completed applications must be returned to the Career Programs Subdivision Office B 150 Application deadline is May 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.

  • A completed high school transcript showing date of graduation or a GED certificate.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.

  • Copy of current Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT or Paramedic license or evidence of application to challenge the IDPH EMT-B exam scheduled on or before June 30, 2014 will be accepted. Admission to the program is conditional upon successful completion of the IDPH EMT exam challenged on or before June 30, 2014. Results must be submitted by July 15, 2014.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 based on a four-point system. The high school GPA will be used only if students have attempted less than 12 college hours. A GPA of 2.5 will be assigned if the student took the GED rather than graduate from high school.

  • Moraine Valley placement tests. Students may be exempt from placement tests based on previous college credit. Contact an academic advisor for information about placement test exemptions.

    A. Math placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take MTH-098.
    B. English placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take COM-101.
    C. Reading placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant for courses above RDG-091.

Selection Criteria
Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:

  1. Qualified residents of the district who submit a Fire Service Operations application by May 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm of the year they plan to enroll in the program. The applicant's file must be completed by May 16, 2014.

  2. Qualified nonresidents who submit a Fire Service Operations application by May 16, 2014. The application must be completed by May 16, 2014.

Program Application
The following checklist and information will help you through the process of applying for the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program.

1. Submit the Moraine Valley enrollment form

  • If you have NOT previously applied to Moraine Valley, this is your first step.

  • You may enroll online or in person at the Registration Office in the Student Services Center, Building S.

2. Attend an information session

  • The purpose of the information session is to learn more about the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. degree program, the program admission standards and program participation requirements.

Application deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.
All applications should be time and date stamped and directed to Nancy Spaulding in the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B 150.
Applications are only available at the following information sessions:

    • Saturday. Feb. 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
    • Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
    • Monday, April 7, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1-4 p.m.

The 2014 information session are scheduled on main campus in Building T Room 002 (Fogelson Theater).


  • Only the registered participants will be admitted into the information sessions.
  • Check in for registered participants will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each session; NO ONE will be admitted after the session has begun.
  • When you check in for the Information Session, you will need to present a government-issued photo I.D. or a Moraine Valley photo I.D.

Seats are limited for each Information Session. Call or email today to reserve your seat.

To register for one of the information sessions, call (708) 974-5713 between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., Monday-Friday or email Nancy Spaulding at spaulding@morainevalley.edu.

3. Complete COMPASS placement test

Ranking and selection

Point System
Students will be admitted to the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Program through a weighted score made up of four factors: attendance at a mandatory information session; cumulative high school or college GPA; number of college credit hours completed; and grades and credit hours in specified course work. Five admission points will also be awarded for applicants who possess current Illinois EMT-P licensure.

Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.

Students will be required to list, on the intent form, all colleges attended. Students will select one of the following options on the intent form for calculating their college GPA for admission.

  1. Students may use only their Moraine Valley hours as the college GPA for admission. If students choose this option, they cannot use their other college credit toward the degree requirements or for points towards admission.

  2. Students may use their college credit toward the degree requirements and points towards admission. When the GPA is calculated all college credit will be used. These hours may then be used as regular transfer credit.

Ties will be broken based on the total number of college credit hours completed.

Weighted Factors
Factor Max. Points
GPA 15
College Hours 10
Success Courses 57
Total 82
GPA Points
2.5-2.75 5
2.751-3.0 7
3.01-3.25 9
3.251-3.5 11
3.51-3.75 13
3.751-4.0 15

Number of College Hours

1-15 2
16-29 4
30-45 6
46-60 8
60+ 10

Success Courses

Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points


  • Student has EMS 101 with an A� 3 points X 8 credit hours = 24 points

  • Student has MTH-098 with a B� 2 points X 4 credit hours = 8 points

  • Total points for success courses = 24 for EMS 101 + 8 for MTH-098 = 32 Pts

Health Physical
Upon acceptance into the Fire Academy-equivalent courses, admitted students must submit a completed health history and physical form signed by a physician and evidence of personal health insurance within 30 days. A licensed physician must certify students comply with National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1582 - Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Programs for Fire Departments (2007). Students must also be medically approved to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). For the duration of the program, and consistent with NFPA 1582, students must be able to:

  • Work effectively for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration, under stressful conditions both as a member of a team and independently

  • Use all fingers and both hands to handle, move, lift, twist and turn objects of all shapes and sizes

  • Perform all aspects of the job in environments with extreme noise conditions, limited mobility, above or below ground heights, poor visibility, high humidity and closed or confined spaces for unknown lengths of time.

  • Perform job responsibilities while carrying up to 80 pounds of additional weight on their person

  • Lift, climb, and move while carrying up to 100 pounds of equipment and tools

  • Drag and carry up to 200 pounds

  • Perform a variety of tasks for unknown durations of time on level surfaces and also on a variety of hazardous surfaces, such as slippery, wet and freezing surfaces while under adverse conditions and with increased weight loads using a variety of body positions, including but not limited to: stand, sit, crouch, crawl, climb, kneel, stoop, bent over.

  • Have near and far vision, depth perception and the ability to focus vision.

  • Receive, interpret and respond efficiently, appropriately and safely to instructions issued by commanding officers and delivered in a variety of formats, including in written, oral, diagrammatic or scheduling formats.

  • Smell smoke and other odors that might indicate hazardous conditions.

  • Use the senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to assess the nature of emergency situations, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life-threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation.

  • Be free from frequent episodes of pain resulting in the inability to perform manual work, or sudden incapacitation.

  • Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximum exertion without warm-up periods.

History and Physical Forms will be distributed upon acceptance into the Fire Academy-equivalent courses.

Criminal Background Checks
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students will be asked to successfully complete a criminal background check. Applications for criminal background checks will be distributed upon acceptance into the Fire Academy-equivalent courses.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their selection on or before June 30, 2011. NOTE: Applicants who decline a seat within 14 calendar days of the beginning of the semester or once the semester begins will not be able to reapply for the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program in the next admission cycle.

Applicants not selected for one starting class are individually responsible for reactivating and updating their application file for subsequent starting classes. Re-applicants must complete a new Fire Service Operations Admission Application during the application period stated.

Academic Standing

  • Any general education course that applies to the Fire Service Operations program completed prior to enrollment in the program must be completed with a grade of �C� or better.

  • As per the Moraine Valley policy course work can only be repeated twice without exceptions. (Catalog)

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