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Criminal Justice Technology A.A.S. (A55180)

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Program Description

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored. Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Identify the elements of crimes identified in the NC Crimes Guidebook.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key principles of the constitution as they relate to criminal justice with an emphasis on search and seizure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of crime and punishment options for offenders.
  • Utilize information to analyze problems and make logical decisions related to investigations and investigative report writing

Articulation Agreements

  • Guilford College

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields, including police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, probation/parole officer, magistrate, state correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. Students who are already employed in criminal justice agencies should find enhanced opportunities for advancement and a wider range of employment options.


Students seeking admission to the Criminal Justice Technology curriculum should review their background to determine if they are likely to qualify for employment in the criminal justice field. Students who have concerns are encouraged to contact the Criminal Justice department head for assistance. Upon entry into the Criminal Justice Technology curriculum, students may be required to sign a statement indicating that they understand that standards for employment are based on strict professional standards and that a review of their background is their responsibility and not that of the College.

Additional credit may be awarded for completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and state certification (since 1986) of the training, with a transcript from an accredited BLET program in the state of North Carolina. Final credit is approved by the Dean, Health and Public Services.

The sequence of courses for the evening program may be slightly altered.

Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission will receive credit for CJC 120 CJC 131 CJC 132 CJC 221 CJC 225  and CJC 231  toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology. Students must have completed Basic Law Enforcement Training since 1986 and must have successfully passed the Standards Commissions’ comprehensive certification examination to receive such credit.

Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or math courses prior to the required course(s) depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.


Students must complete all Criminal Justice (CJC) courses with a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this program.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Additional Program Costs

Some courses use textbooks by Cengage. There is an option to purchase Cengage Unlimited at a reduced price. The average price of textbooks range 400-$600 per semester. If CJC-221 is taken as an online course, students will be expected to purchase the kit to complete lab assignments - lab kit should not exceed $150.

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 16 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 15 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 6 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 6 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 15 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 17 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 69 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 66 Credit Hour(s)

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