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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-504-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Corrections Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Security Officer
  • State Trooper

Continuing Education

Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.


The criminal justice field is becoming increasingly complex and important. This career area needs people who have good skills and highly-developed personal strengths:

  • View toward community service
  • Motivated
  • High ethical and moral standards
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • The program provides the foundation for your career as law enforcement officer at the municipal, county, or state level. Your career path could include serving as a correctional officer, working for a private investigation agency, or providing security for retail, commercial, or industrial establishments.

    The program includes related general education courses and criminal justice courses. You will receive theoretical and practical information on various types of law, community policing, corrections, and criminal justice ethics. Other courses will strengthen your ability to interact with the public, work with people from diverse backgrounds, and communicate in a professional manner.

    As you complete the coursework, you'll be working toward the 520 hours of training required for certification by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau. If you opt for the Law Enforcement Certification Track, you can add tactical training classes to your regular coursework in your second year in the program. A second option is to attend a summer Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy at CVTC.

    Opportunities for employment are good, and most employment areas offer good chances for advancement. This could be the training you need to begin a rewarding career in law enforcement.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 66
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Attend a required information session regarding the program content and expectations. An invitation will be mailed to you with a specific date and time.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (only used for course placement)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.