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Technical Diploma in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (CIP Code: 43.0103, 43.0113)

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Program Title: Criminal Justice
Completion Award: Technical Diploma
Contact Hours: 450
Outside Study Hours: 900
Semester Credits: 30 hours (including 3 semester credits of General Studies)
Program Duration: 60 weeks
Cost per Credit Hour: $249
Total Tuition: $7,470
Course Materials and Fees: $125
Total Course Materials and Fees: $1,250**
Total Cost of Program: $8,720 (including course materials and fees)

Program Description

The Technical Diploma in Criminal Justice program prepares the student to apply theories and practices of criminal justice to the operation of public law enforcement agencies. Material covered will include law enforcement history and theory, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, and public relations.

*Please be advised individuals with prior felony convictions will be precluded from obtaining employment in any criminal justice field.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  • ✓ Identify current trends in the areas of corrections, policing, criminal justice, and criminology.
  • ✓ Explain the fundamental concepts underlying the U.S. criminal justice system.
  • ✓ Demonstrate knowledge of the court system and legal process.
  • ✓ Apply the principles of clinical and criminal laboratory science, investigative techniques, and criminology to the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence.
  • ✓ Utilize accepted practices of laboratory science, laboratory procedures, criminology and police science.
  • ✓ Perform and evaluate evidentiary testing and analysis, reconstruction techniques, evidence handling and storage practices, and identify the appropriate applications applicable to specific types of evidence and crimes.

Potential Employment

The Technical Diploma in Criminal Justice will assist in preparing students for entry-level careers in law enforcement, state and local police work, and/or corrections, if other criteria established by the employer/agency are met.
ABTU's program courses are designed in sequential order. Therefore, the student must complete the given course before progressing to the next course in the sequence.

Graduation Requirements

In order for students to successfully complete their program, all required materials must be completed, submitted, and within the maximum program duration. Students who fail to complete the program at this level may appeal to the Director of Education for an extension. Students must also complete the proctored Degree Exit Examination for this program to graduate.
Students can complete a course with a grade of "D" or 1.0, however, in order to meet SAP requirements and be able to graduate, the student has to have an overall average of "C" or (2.0 out of 4.0) for all courses and be able to complete all work required within 150% of the program duration or an additional year of the published length whichever is less.

* This course has a proctored final exam. Please refer to the Proctored Examination Policy and Procedure in the College Catalog or on the website at: www.abtu.acot.edu/policies.htm
** For a detailed breakdown and description of the course materials, please refer to Course Materials under the Student Services section of the catalog.

Required Courses Credit Hours
CIS-100 Information Technology and Distance Learning 3
CIS-110 Integrated Business Applications 3
CIS-120 Microsoft Excel 3*
CJ-100 Introduction to Criminal Justice and Administration 3
CJ-110 Criminal Law 3
CJ-120 Introduction to Law and the Court System 3*
PSY-100 Essentials of Psychology 3
CJ-130 Corrections and the Prison System 3*
CJ-140 Introduction to Policing 3
General Courses Credit Hours
GEC-100 Basic English and Communications

Course Materials: $125.00

Total Credits: 30

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