The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology degree program is designed to prepare students with cross-functional skills necessary for entry into the Criminal Justice profession. The program curriculum focuses on organizations and administration within the criminal justice system and includes the fields of corrections, criminal law, juvenile justice, and criminal investigation.
This degree program prepares students to work in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private and industry security positions, and other criminal justice fields. It also provides an educational path for officers who have passed recognized certification examinations in law enforcement, corrections, and probation and parole fields. This program is also beneficial for employees in law enforcement who are seeking incentive benefits or career enhancement.
Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Note: Regardless of any degree earned, in order to be a sworn law enforcement or corrections officer, students must successfully complete a state certified training academy, such as Polk State College's Institute of Public Safety, and pass the state examination.
Sworn Law Enforcement or Corrections Officers
Students who have passed the Florida Criminal Justice Law Enforcement certification exam or Correctional Standards certification exam are eligible to receive articulated credits toward this degree program. Students should see an advisor or refer to Polk State College's Criminal Justice Program website at http://www.polk.edu/cj for details. Students must present proof of successfully passing the state examination to the Registrar's Office prior to graduation to be awarded these credits.