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Owensboro Community and Technical College will be closed beginning December 20th, 2014 for the holiday break. We will re-open January 5th, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. During the institutional closing interested students may apply online at owensboro.kctcs.edu by clicking APPLY NOW. Any questions during the closing will be handled through the KCTCS Student Service Center at 1-855-5GO-OCTC.[more info]
Have you always wanted to be a police officer? OCTC’s Criminal Justice program can prepare you for a career in this exciting, challenging and rewarding field. If you are cool under pressure and good with people, the criminal justice field might be for you. Our instructors are experienced law enforcement officers who have served in key positions with agencies in our region. Our students benefit from excellent classroom instruction as well as hands-on activities. Our graduates go to work at police and sheriff’s departments as well as jails and other agencies.
For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.
Upon graduation from the AAS in Criminal Justice program, you can seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county, and municipal levels. With experience, you can move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security and/or law enforcement.
You can earn an associate of applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
Bob Purdy, MPS
Criminal Justice, Program Coordinator
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
The Criminal Justice program prepares you for entry into the field of police work and related occupations. The curriculum covers theory, principles, and techniques employed by criminal justice agencies and police units. Other areas of study include the law as it relates to agencies, human behavior, government, and communications along with specialized course work. After graduation you can seek opportunities at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels. With experience, you can move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security or law enforcement. You can earn an associate of applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status. Please use the contact info on this page to learn more!