Daytona State’s Fire Science, EMT programs recognized for high ROI
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2013) – Daytona State College has been recognized by Fire Science Online for providing high return on investment (ROI) to fire science and emergency medical technician (EMT) graduates. Fire Science Online ranked the top 90 fire science and top 80 EMT programs in the nation based on best student preparation for a successful future working in their field.

Fire Science Online identified programs with the highest ROI using national and state salary, tuition, enrollment and accreditation data. The lists recognize the institutions with affordable tuition rates and graduates moving into high-wage jobs.

The website notes that employment of paramedics and EMTs is projected to grow by 33 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding the unprecedented growth rate is more than double the average growth rate for all occupations.

Over the past 5 years, nearly 75 percent of the graduates from Daytona State’s Emergency Medical Technician program and 100 percent of the grads from the Fire Science program have found jobs in the field, continued their education or entered the military.

In a separate ranking, Daytona State also came in among the most affordable Fire Science degree programs in the country. According to Fire Science Online, each of the schools on the list is a four-year institution with average annual tuition below $10,000.

Addressing the growing need for EMTs and public safety providers in the region and state, Daytona State’s School of Emergency Services graduates more than 240 emergency medical technicians, 72 paramedics and 60 firefighter recruits each year on average.  


MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more. 

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.

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Chris Thomes,

Marketing & Communications,

A Member of the Florida College System

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