Police Academy Certificate

NC State’s Police Academy certificate program allows students to complete a series of coordinated courses in a shorter period of time than an associate degree. Students in associate degree programs may benefit from adding a certificate to their areas of expertise. A minimum of a 2.00 grade-point average must be obtained for all required courses in order to receive a certificate.

Upon successful completion of a certificate program, a Certificate Request form must be completed in the Student Records Office in order to receive a certificate.

Criminal Justice Majors of North Central State College are educated as a whole person in habits of critical thinking, leadership, lifelong learning and are also provided the opportunity to acquire the practical skills needed for competent performance in the changing workplace as well as the opportunity of preparation for advanced education.

Day and night academies are offered. Both academies begin each in the 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.

INDIVIDUALS WITH A FELONY AND/OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION OR DRUG CONVICTIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report and an FBI report is required to enter the Peace Officer Academy. This fingerprint check is part of the official application process during mandatory orientation.

Students must successfully pass a drug screening within 90 days of the start of this academy. The cost of the test is at the expense of the student. This is part of the official application process during the mandatory orientation. Students must pass a Physical Fitness Assessment Test (1.5 mile run, push‐ups, sit‐ups) at the 15% level of the OPOTA standards.

The following are the disqualifiers for entry into the police academy: No person can enroll or participate in a police academy if such person has any felony conviction.

In addition to the above, those who fall under any of the below disqualifiers cannot attend:

  • Any person currently registering as a sex offender, child‐victim offender, or arson offender;
    • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with an offense under ORC Chapter 2925, Drug Offenses; Chapter 3719, Controlled Substances, or Chapter 4729, Dangerous Drugs, that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse – if convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three year period;
    • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a misdemeanor offense of violence – if convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three year period
    • Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a violation of ORC 2903.14, Negligent Assault;
    • Any person convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offense under ORC Chapter 2913, Theft and Fraud, or a municipal ordinance that is substantially similar is disqualified for a three year period.

Ohio Administrative Code section 109:2‐1‐03

Year One

Fall Semester

CRMJ 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice & US Judicial Systems

This course introduces the student to the American System of Criminal Justice including growth and historical development. Emphasis will be placed on the criminal justice subsystems of law enforcement, corrections, courts, the Ohio court structure, and the juvenile justice system. In addition, this course will examine the ethical, professional, and legal issues confronting the criminal justice professional.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CRMJ 1070 - Family Violence

This course examines the characteristics of the growing number of families "on the fault line" of present day society in the United States. The causes and solutions that have been proposed to understand, control, and re-address problems of at-risk families are discussed during this course. Topics of discussion include the characteristics of social intervention, domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, exploitation and neglect, crimes against the elderly, and victim rights/issues. This course further examines the professional and criminal justice response to these issues.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CRMJ 2174 - Current Issues in the Criminal Justice Profession

This course introduces the student to the diverse ethical, professional, cultural, and legal issues and dilemmas confronting the field of the criminal justice profession. The course requires the student to create action plans to address the issues.

Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: 1

CRMJ 2230 - Police Skills I

This course is presented to students in three parts. Part one of this course meets OPOTC requirements for the certification of CPR and basic first aid. Part two of this course introduces the student to community diversity issues as well as the OPOTC requirements for the following topics; domestic violence, child abuse and investigations, crisis intervention, the juvenile justice system, and victims' rights. Part three of this course meets OPOTC requirements for laws of arrest, search & seizure, legal aspects of interview & interrogations, civil liability & use of force, testifying in court, criminal statutes in Title 29 of the ORC, and rules of evidence. All practical exercises related to certification are graded as P/NP. Students must pass all certification exams and practical exercises to successfully pass this course. This is course 3 of 5 to meet CTAG articulation# CTBPO

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 4

CRMJ 2250 - Peace Officer Academy Firearms

This course will introduce the student to the historical perspective of firearms, the lawful and unlawful use of weapons under current legal controls, and the restrictions concerning firearms. Thorough training is provided on precision pistol shooting and police combat shooting. All firearm discharges will be conducted in lab sessions at the state approved range site. All students will be required to successfully pass the state qualification standards in order to receive a Pass (P) for this course. This course is graded as pass (P) or no pass (NP). This is course 5 of 5 to meet CTAG articulation# CTBPO

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 4

Spring Semester

CRMJ 1110 - Criminal Investigation I

This course introduces the student to the study of investigative procedures beginning with the preliminary investigation through the follow-up phase. Additional topics covered within this course include documenting the crime scene, death investigations, interviewing techniques, evidence recognition, identification and collection. The laboratory experience will provide actual investigation situations to enhance student learning.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 3

CRMJ 2090 - Defensive Tactics

This course provides the student with the basic principles and tactics of unarmed self-defense, and how to defend against physical attack, control aggressive behavior, and how to arrest/subdue an individual using the minimum amount of force. The course is graded pass (P) or no pass (NP). This is course 1 of 5 to meet CTAG articulation# CTBPO

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2

CRMJ 2170 - Terrorism and Homeland Security

This course will examine the history, structure, and current trends of domestic and international terrorist organizations along with the development and structure of Homeland Security. This is course 2 of 5 to meet CTAG articulation# CTBPO

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CRMJ 2210 - Introduction to Police Operations and Report Writing

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the history of policing, police operations and community policing. This course will also acquaint the student with current technology, reporting systems, report writing and various divisions within police organizational structure. This is a TAG course (OSS034).

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

CRMJ 2240 - Police Skills II

This course is presented to the student in three parts. Part one of this course meets OPOTC requirements for traffic enforcement technologies and SFST certification. This course also examines the fundamental concepts of traffic accident investigation; protection of the scene, recording of information, collection of evidence, and the analysis of traffic accidents. Part two of this course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required for OPOTC requirements of defensive driving, pursuit driving, and stops and approaches. Part three of this course meets OPOTC requirements for the needs, purpose and importance of physical conditioning. All practical exercises related to certification are graded as P/NP. Students must pass all certification exams and practical exercises to successfully pass this course. This is course 4 of 5 to meet CTAG articulation# CTBPO

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 30

  • Students Graduating on Time

    70%Title IV students complete the program within 1 year

    Program Costs*

    Cost: $6,336
    Description: for in-state tuition and fees
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    Cost: $10,836
    Description: for out-of-state tuition and fees
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    Cost: $800
    Description: for books and supplies
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