Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Serve your community while promoting public safety. Our degree and certificate programs prepare for you for police, corrections, or security careers.

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What is Criminal Justice?

Have you always wanted to be a police officer? OCTC's Criminal Justice program can prepare you for a career in this exciting, challenging, and rewarding field. If you are cool under pressure and good with people, the criminal justice field might be for you. Our instructors are experienced law enforcement officers who have served in key positions with agencies in our region. Our students benefit from excellent classroom instruction as well as hands-on activities. Our graduates go to work at police and sheriffs departments, jails, and other agencies.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$62,181
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low: $43k med: $62k high: $98k

What are my career choices?

Upon graduation from the AAS in Criminal Justice program, you can seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county, and municipal levels. With experience, you can move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security, and/or law enforcement.

Criminal Justice Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Criminal Justice Core $30,280
Security and Loss Prevention $37,182
Corrections $40,300
Advanced Law Enforcement $52,649
Computer Forensics $81,062
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track $43,866
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track $40,300
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track $62,181
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track $37,182

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degrees and Transfers

  • Corrections: 60-61 credit hours
  • Criminal Justice: 60-61 credit hours
  • Law Enforcement: 60-61 credit hours
  • Security and Loss Prevention: 60-61 credit hours

Certificates

For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

Other Important Information

Most potential employers will require that graduates have a criminal background check and security clearance. A felony conviction or a bad driving record could keep you from gaining employment. Also, keep in mind that some agencies may have physical fitness requirements.

Additional Information

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

 

Program Contact

Brock Peterson
Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator
270.686.4601
brock.peterson@kctcs.edu