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NCMC To a Degree: Criminal Justice Program

Author: Jenna Vandel, Criminal Justice Instructor


January 13, 2022

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The Criminal Justice program at North Central Missouri College can help prepare you for a career in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, law offices, social services, and substance abuse treatment, just to name a few. NCMC offers multiple degree and certificate options to help students reach their educational and career goals.

The two-year Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree can be completed on campus, online, or a combination of both. Students will have flexibility and are able to complete work on their schedule. The AAS is designed to prepare students for employment in the criminal justice field post-graduation. For those wishing to complete a bachelor’s degree, the AAS degree can transfer to select four-year institutions. NCMC and the Criminal Justice department have established transfer agreements to assist in a smooth transfer. This means, we already know how a former student’s classes will transfer after leaving NCMC. Finally, 2+2 agreements have been established with select universities, allowing a student to complete their bachelor’s degree two years after graduating from NCMC.

Additionally, NCMC offers shorter, semester-long certificate programs. These programs include the one-year criminal justice certificate, as well as the 18 credit hour certificates in law enforcement and corrections. All courses in the certificate programs apply toward the AAS in Criminal Justice degree.

Students interested in fields outside of law enforcement will find this degree to be beneficial as well. As the criminal justice system expands outside of law enforcement, the Criminal Justice Department works to keep coursework to explore all aspects of the criminal justice system. Many students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program aspire to be law enforcement officers; however, a growing number of students are pursuing other opportunities within the criminal justice field. Updated coursework makes this degree practical for students that are interested in many other areas of the criminal justice system.

Students studying criminal justice at NCMC you will be given the opportunity to network and gain real life, field experience as part of the program. For example, students complete interactive learning activities such as crime scene investigations, distracted driving awareness, and touring law enforcement and correctional facilities including local, state, and federal prisons. Students also complete practicum hours where they spend time learning with working professionals.

North Central Missouri College believes that learning is a lifelong process and recognizes knowledge is acquired in many different ways. North Central Missouri College may award credit for some licensures and certifications, when applicable to a career and technical program at NCMC. The certification must be current, documented and approved by the department chairperson. Credit is given when the training and experience required for the certification is equivalent to learning outcomes in courses offered at North Central Missouri College.

For more information regarding the Criminal Justice Department at North Central Missouri College, please contact Jenna Vandel at 660-359-3948 extension 1327 or [email protected].