This program gives students a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the line correctional officer. In addition, it gives the students an overview of the other related fields within the criminal justice system. Specific areas in which students will receive instruction include operational procedures, legal aspects of corrections, supervisory practices and related technical skills.
Expected Job Growth and Earnings
Jobs are expected to grow faster than the average; opportunities are expected to be excellent. Median annual salary for correctional officers in 2002 was $32,670.
This program is accredited by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
As part of the application process, students are required to take and pass the Corrections Officer Basic Abilities Test (COBAT), a driving history check, physical agility testing, drug screening, health physical, medical examination, polygraph, background investigations and oral interview. All students must have attained either a high school diploma or equivalency degree (certificates of completion are not acceptable). Students must also be 19 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be an American citizen.
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Total Contact Hours: 552
Total Workforce Credits: 18.50