The Criminal Justice Professional

The Criminal Justice Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in criminal justice, legal and investigative ethics, criminal law and procedure as well as juvenile justice and criminal courts. Many legal assistants, law enforcement professionals, as well as court and corrections officials have acquired a background understanding in Criminal Justice in order to better inform their positions and every day actions on the job. An increasingly complex field, with the capability of DNA evidence, the growing privatization of correctional facilities and multifaceted discussions on changes in federal sentencing legislation, criminal justice professionals have a background that is applicable in a variety of fields. Ideal for anyone looking toward a career in this fascinating field as well as experienced professionals looking for additional education, the Criminal Justice Professional program has a variety of applications.


The Criminal Justice Professional Program

The American criminal justice system is one of the most unique and robust legal frameworks in the world. Facing a host of issues from overwhelming corrections populations to evolving search and seizure methods within the confines of the Fourth Amendment, professionals working in the Criminal Justice system require a comprehensive understanding of the various issues facing all of the players in the legal system on the criminal side as well as the societal and utilitarian principles affected by these decisions every day. Beyond that, the amount of technology changes for law enforcement and other security and investigative agencies requires a broad understanding of the criminal justice system overall.

The Criminal Justice Professional program offers a comprehensive look at the American criminal justice system, particularly from the legal side. Understanding what’s required for a conviction, the standards by which defendants are measured and the ins and outs of evidentiary considerations are imperative for anyone working in law enforcement, investigation or security as well as individuals working for companies that serve these fields. The Criminal Justice Professional program brings together a strategic sample of topics that ensure students complete this track with the knowledge and skills they’ll require to excel in these fields.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define key terms related to the justice system
  • Examine the justice system
  • Analyze concepts related to criminal law
  • Compare and contrast theories of crime
  • Evaluate the impact history has had on the American justice system
  • Examine issues and emerging trends in criminal justice
  • Define terms related to criminal law
  • Examine the purpose and function of criminal law
  • Assess legal issues as presented in court cases
  • Analyze key concepts related to criminal law
  • Examine various laws
  • Define key concepts related to ethics
  • Explain the impact of ethical decisions
  • Explain the relationship between values, morals, ethics, and critical thinking
  • Compare and contrast philosophies related to ethics
  • Analyze the process of making ethical decisions
  • Examine ethics in the criminal justice system
  • Evaluate methods used to address ethical misconduct in society
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program , students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there is no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.