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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

at Northland Community and Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Science
  • Credits: 68
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers with city, state, federal, private, and other criminal justice agencies. While the NCTC program is designed primarily for entry-level law enforcement, many students choose courses that lead to careers in other areas of the Criminal Justice system, such as public safety communications, corrections, and probation work.

While the program provides pre-employment education for students who want to enter the field of criminal justice at the end of two years with an Associate of Science degree, Northland also provides an Associate of Arts degree that transfers to a four-year institution.

The Criminal Justice program is certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). After completing the skills training (also offered on the Northland campus) and completing a degree, students are eligible to take the state POST exam.

Program Locations

  • Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls 56701

Labor Market Information

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

  • Median wage: $29.78/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers

  • Median wage: $59,516/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Northland Community and Technical College
Northland Community and Technical College
1101 Highway 1 E Thief River Falls, MN 56701 Toll-Free: (800) 959-6282 Local: (218) 683-8800 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: enroll@northlandcollege.edu