In this paper a new approach to rational discrete-time approximations to continuous fractional-order systems of the form 1/(s
+p) is proposed. We will show that such fractional-order LTI system can be decomposed into sub-systems. One has the classic behavior and the other is similar to a Finite Impulse Response (FIR) system. The conversion from continuous-time to discrete-time systems will be done using the Laplace transform inversion integral and then applying the Bilinear transformation to obtain the corresponding discrete-time system and the corresponding frequency response. An optimization algorithm will be used to find the FIR type parameters that best approximate the discrete-time system.