Preparation For Fire Service & Law Enforcement Entrance Examination
I. Course Prefix/Number: FIR 100
Course Name: Preparation For Fire Service & Law Enforcement Entrance Examination
Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course instructs firefighter and police officer candidates about all aspects of hiring process. Content includes how to locate job opportunities; properly complete job applications; take written physical, psychological, and medical examinations; and prepare for oral interview by Police and Fire Commissioners.
IV. Learning Objectives
The objective of this course is for the student to describe and discuss how to locate job opportunities, properly complete job applications, and explain the aspects of pre-employment: physical, written, background check, psychological, and medical exams. The student will demonstrate the process a candidate will undergo for oral interview by the Civil Service Commission.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- The student will know the various aspects of the hiring process that includes the:
- Application process
- Written exam
- Physical agility test
- Oral interview
- Pre and post job offer testing
- Background check
- Medical examination
- The student will create an employment strategy
- The student will identify their strengths and weaknesses
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Case Histories
- Class Discussion
- Group Discussion
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- College level reading
- Short paper writing & Application forms
- Oral presentation for interviews
- Minimal computer use
- Practical: Obtain job information and applications
- Public speaking
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|90% - 100%||= A|
|80% - 89%||= B|
|70% - 79%||= C|
|60% - 69%||= D|
|Below 60%||= F|
Grades will be a composite of the following areas:
|Oral Interview Practical||20%|
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.