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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.

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science Degrees and Transfers

  • Criminal Justice - AAS (61-64 credit hours)
    • Corrections Track (61-64 credit hours)
    • Criminal Justice Track (61-64 credit hours)
    • Law Enforcement Track (61-64 credit hours)
    • Security and Loss Prevention Track (61-64 credit hours)


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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.

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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.

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Program Contact

Brock Peterson

Criminal Justice

Program Coordinator