Program Description

The WI Department of Justice (DOJ) 720 Academy includes three phases of varying law enforcement topics. Competencies match WI DOJ 720 Academy standards. You may be considered for admission to the Academy if you have graduated from NTC's Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree program or have earned at least 40 college credits or the equivalent.

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $5,000
Books & Supplies: $0

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


  • An interview, background check, and a physical fitness test are required prior to admission to this program.
  • This program requires completion of 40 college credits prior to admission. These 40 college credits can be from any combination of academic areas.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate tactical skills
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interact with others
  • Conduct investigations
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Manage emergencies
  • Think critically


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • City Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff


The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy Technical Diploma is a 21 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Physical Fitness 1.00
Overview Of Criminal Justice 1.00
Overview Of Patrol Response 2.00
Overview Of Investigations 2.00
Overview Of Tactics 1.00
Principles Of Tactics 5.00
Principles Of Emergency Vehicle Response 2.00
Principles Of Investigations 1.00
Application Of Traffic Response 3.00
Application Of Investigations 1.00
Sensitive Crimes 2.00
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The program adheres to the uniform student performance objectives as established by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Bureau of Training and Standards. The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Transfer Information

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Environmental Law Enforcement

Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office


Additional Information

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement 720 Academy Technical Diploma is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin’s standards. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program matches standards in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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