Our Criminal Justice Technology – BLET Transfer Prep certificate program is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Emphasis is placed on criminology, juvenile justice, law enforcement operations, corrections, and ethics and community relations. Courses are offered in the two formats in alternate semesters to encourage student completion.
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.
This certificate is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.
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
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
18 Credit Hours
Courses in this program
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This course covers the history, major philosophies, components, and current practices and problems of the field of corrections. Topics include historical evolution, functions of the various components, alternatives to incarceration, treatment programs, inmate control, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the various components, processes, and functions of the correctional system.
This course introduces deviant behavior as it relates to criminal activity. Topics include theories of crime causation; statistical analysis of criminal behavior; past, present, and future, social control initiatives; and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and discuss various theories of crime causation and societal response.
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.
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.
This course covers the juvenile justice system and related juvenile issues. Topics include an overview of the juvenile justice system, treatment, and prevention programs, special areas and laws unique to juveniles, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify/discuss juvenile court, structure/procedures, function and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies, processing/detention of juveniles, and case disposition.
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.