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Criminal Justice Technology (CIP 43.0104)

Program Description

Criminal Justice Technology is the Gateway to a career in law enforcement, public safety or the legal system at the local, state and federal level. A student looks for fingerprints on a bottle taken from a "crime scene" as part of a class project.Graduates of this program gain skills to go straight into the workforce or gain a transferable degree that will allow them to enter a baccalaureate program to further their education. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.

What will I learn in this program?

You will learn about the criminal justice system, how it operates and its role in society. Study will focus on local, state and federal law enforcement; judicial processes, corrections; security services; criminology; juvenile justice; criminal and constitutional law; investigative principles; ethics; and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Will I be suited for this type of work?

If you are an investigative type of person with good analytical and critical thinking skills, you are well suited for a career in criminal justice. You also need to be fair-minded, have a desire to help others and have good communication skills.

How long does it take to complete the program?

There are three levels of credentialing in the Criminal Justice Technology program. The associate degree is a two-year program; the diploma is a one-year program; and there are two certificate pathways, Corrections, and Law Enforcement, that consist of five to six courses.

Can I complete courses for this program online?

Yes, this program is offered 100% ONLINE!   

Does this program provide hands-on projects and lessons?

Yes, class projects include many hands-on activities such as fingerprinting, blood spatter analysis, crime scene investigations and correctional facility design.

Can I advance to a higher degree?

Yes, the courses you take for the associate degree are designed to transfer into bachelor degree programs in criminal justice offered at the four-year college and university level. Explore the articulation agreements RCC has with Fayetteville State University, Pfeiffer University, and UNC-Pembroke.

Traci Etheridge posing on campus
Public Services Technology Chair
Criminal Justice

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