Jun 21, 2024  
Catalog/Handbook 2023-2024 
Catalog/Handbook 2023-2024

Criminal Justice Technology, AS

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Program: AS-25900

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology degree program prepares an individual with the 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 the individual to work in law enforcement, corrections, the probation and parole arenas, private and industry security positions, and other criminal justice fields. It also provides an educational path for any sworn officer who has passed Florida’s certification examinations in law enforcement, corrections, and the probation and parole fields. This program is also beneficial for an employee of a criminal justice agency who is 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, to be a sworn law enforcement or corrections officer, an individual 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

A student who has passed the Florida Criminal Justice Law Enforcement certification exam or Correctional Standards certification exam is eligible to receive articulated credits toward this degree program. The student can visit with an advisor or refer to Polk State College’s Criminal Justice Program website for more details (http://www.polk.edu/cj). The individual must present proof of successfully passing the state examination to the Registrar’s Office prior to graduation to be awarded these credits.  

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
PLO 1: Discuss and apply the concepts and principles of the criminal justice system and criminology.
PLO 2: Identify and discuss criminal investigation procedures, including the rules that govern obtaining and using evidence.
PLO 3: Identify and describe the purpose and goals of the corrections system.
PLO 4: Describe the causes and challenges of juvenile delinquency.
PLO 5: Explain the role of law enforcement administration in the criminal justice profession.
PLO 6: Describe and apply law enforcement operational procedures.
PLO 7: Interpret criminal and constitutional law, including significant case rulings affecting the criminal justice system.
PLO 8: Identify issues related to human diversity in the criminal justice system.
PLO 9: Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.

General Education Requirements (18 Credits Required)

Total Program Hours: 60

Civic Literacy Competency

Pursuant to Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code, effective in the Fall 2022 Semester, competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all students receiving an Associate in Science degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated through one of the two options listed below:

Option 1:


  • Successful completion of the Florida Civic Literacy Examination with a score of 60% or better.

Option 2:

Completion of one of the following assessments with the score indicated:

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in Government and Politics: United States with a score of three or better.
  • The Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in United States History with a score of four or better.
  • The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) American Government Exam with a score of 50 or better.
  • The Florida Civic Literacy Examination with a score of 60% or better.

Note: All approved accelerated credit is listed in Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies. The Credit-by-Exam section of the Florida State Articulation Committee website provides further details.

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