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Associate of Applied Science


This program is designed for students seeking careers in entry level positions in law enforcement agencies in the State of Ohio. These agencies include city police departments, village or township police departments, or county Sheriff departments. While it is not required, it is an added benefit for those seeking careers in probation.

The Ohio Revised Code enables North Central State College to incorporate The Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy into the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program. The Academy requirements are included in nine of the required courses for an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Upon completion of the Academy requirements, the student will be eligible to take the State certification examination to become a peace officer in the State of Ohio.

Day and Night Academies are offered.  Both Academies begin each Fall Semester and end Spring Semester of each academic year.  Students must complete an Academy application in order to be considered for this program. The applications for both Academies are available at the mandatory orientation which normally occurs the first week of July.  All students must pre-register online in order to be accepted to attend the mandatory orientation.  The open registration will begin the first Monday of April and conclude the last week of June.  Students must visit North Central State College's Criminal Justice webpage to locate the registration link.  The Academy must be completed on a full-time basis. In addition, students will be required to pass a physical examination, a state certification exam, and be capable of being hired by a law enforcement agency.

There is also a Police Academy Certificate option available and consists of ten academic courses.

INDIVIDUALS WITH A FELONY AND/OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. Students with misdemeanor convictions should seek advice from the Police Academy Commanders in the Criminal Justice program. A fingerprint check is required under this program. An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report and an FBI report is required to enter the Peace Officer Academy.

The Police Academy program of North Central State College has a reputation for excellence. Employers across Ohio have indicated our graduates are well prepared for the challenges they face as they embark on their profession. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.


Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the police academy, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the core criminal justice foundation concepts of juvenile justice, criminology, constitutional law, corrections, private security, and U.S. Judicial and Criminal Justice systems in solving and defending logical arguments and applications in the field.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech.
  3. Demonstrate well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate proper standards of criminal justice professionalism, morals, and ethics.




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