Criminal Justice Technology Certificate

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Criminal Justice Technology Certificate

Program Code: C55180

Our Criminal Justice Technology certificate program is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Emphasis is placed on law enforcement operations, criminal law, court procedures and evidence, and ethics and community relations. Courses are offered in the two formats in alternate semesters.

This is a certificate program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree or diploma program. Certificate programs can be taken alone but are often taken along with other Criminal Justice programs.

The Criminal Justice Technology program also offers degree, diploma, and additional certificate options.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Criminal Justice Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding the criminal justice system and its components (law enforcement, the courts, parole, juvenile justice, and corrections)
  • Selecting appropriate techniques and practices for various types of criminal investigations
  • Applying knowledge of criminal and constitutional law to criminal scenarios

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Criminal Justice Technology graduates, including:

  • Correctional officer
  • County detention officer
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Intensive probation/parole surveillance officer
  • Loss prevention specialist
  • Police officer
  • State trooper

Certificate requirements

15 Credit Hours

Courses in this program

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces the components and processes of the criminal justice system. Topics include history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system and their relationship to life in our society. Upon completion, students should be able to define and describe the major system components and their interrelationships and evaluate career options.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces fundamental law enforcement operations. Topics include the contemporary evolution of law enforcement operations and related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to explain theories, practices, and issues related to law enforcement operations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers the history/evolution/principles and contemporary applications of criminal law. Topics include sources of substantive law, classification of crimes, parties to crime, elements of crimes, matters of criminal responsibility, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the sources of law and identify, interpret, and apply the appropriate statutes/elements.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers judicial structure/process/procedure from incident to disposition, kinds and degrees of evidence, and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. Topics include consideration of state and federal courts, arrest, search and seizure laws, exclusionary and statutory rules of evidence, and other related issues. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss procedures necessary to establish a lawful arrest/search, proper judicial procedures, and the admissibility of evidence.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course covers ethical considerations and accepted standards applicable to criminal justice organizations and professionals. Topics include ethical systems; social change, values, and norms; cultural diversity; citizen involvement in criminal justice issues; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply ethical considerations to the decision-making process in identifiable criminal justice situations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Contact Information

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New Bern Campus
252-638-7370

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