Degrees and Certificates

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement professionals provide essential services to their communities both locally and at the state level. They safeguard citizens, provide emergency medical services, and assure that laws are followed. Professionals may work in law enforcement agencies, in correctional facilities, or for emergency service agencies.

If you have an interest in providing support to your community, this may be a career to consider.

You have the option to choose either the AAS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety or the AAS degree option in Law Enforcement.

Program Outcomes

What will you do?

  • prepare quality reports of investigations in a manner that communicates concise and factual information and that are capable of withstanding courtroom scrutiny;
  • conduct searches and seizures in a manner that complies with statutory and constitutional requirements;
  • communicate with individuals using verbal and non-verbal methods that recognize diverse cultures, ethnic groups and non-traditional populations;
  • carry out criminal investigations using effective and legal interrogation techniques;
  • manage initial custody of adults and juveniles with an understanding of differing procedures; and recognize behaviors during encounters with individuals that indicate substance abuse or mental health issues;
  • demonstrate professional integrity by applying ethical principles to criminal justice policies, practices, and evaluation of their implications.

Links:    Criminal Justice Degree Worksheet

             2-Year Term-To-Term Plan

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Public Safety: 90 credits

  • See the degree worksheet to the right for course requirements.

All degree candidates must meet Comprehensive Requirements, and the AAS Degree requirements as specified on page 13-14 and 31-32 of the Catalog.

Individuals who are DPSST certified can earn up to 21 college credits toward their degree for their on-the-job experience.

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety has three Career Pathways certificates. All courses count toward the degree.

  1. Corrections Technician Certificate: 16 Credits
    • Entry-level jobs doing technical work in a technical setting
  2. Corrections Professional Certificate: 25 Credits
    • For professionals already in the field.
  3. Emergency Medical Services Certificate: 17 Credits
    • In order to sit for the State of Oregon certification exam, students need to take EMS 105, EMT part 1 and EMS 106, EMT part 2.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice & Public Safety - Law Enforcement: 90 credits

The Associate of Applied Science degree option in Criminal Justice and Public Safety - Law Enforcement has two Career Pathways certificates. All courses count toward the degree.

  1. Law Enforcement Specialist Career Pathway: 27 Credits
    • Work as a security guard, patrol officer, or compliance officer.
  2. Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway: 17 Credits
    • In order to sit for the State of Oregon certification exam, students need to take EMS 105, EMT part 1 and EMS 106, EMT part 2.

Helpful Links

For more information contact Career Education Advisor (503) 842-8222 x1145.

 

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