Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Associate Degree

The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Associate Degree program prepares students for careers within the criminal justice system. Three certification options are available in addition to the associate degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Officer Certification, Correctional Officer Certification and Juvenile Detention Officer Certification. The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Potential occupations include: Private Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Juvenile Detention Officer, Private Security.

program at a Glance

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 69 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Partially Available
  • Medford Partially Available
  • Phillips Partially Available
  • Spencer Partially Available
  • Wittenberg Partially Available

Approximate Cost

$11,931 (Tuition: $10154, Books: $1777)

Average Starting Salary

$39,150 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Think critically
  • Manage emergencies
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Conduct investigations
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interact with others
  • Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to certification track only)

Potential Careers

  • Private Investigator
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Private Security

Course List

To view the amount of credits or descriptions for the courses required within this program please view the course list.

Course List

Program Accreditation

The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Additional program Information

Criminal Background Check

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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