Law Enforcement Fastrack

The Criminal Justice Department offers an online program for current police officers. This online coursework* allows you to set your schedule around both your work and personal life while advancing your career and earning potential. Individuals who have a Certificate of Completion from any basic Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy can complete an Associate Degree at North Central State College as an online student in less than two years.  There are only 11 required classes in this program.  After completion of the 11 courses, you will graduate with your Associate Degree. You may also apply for additional credits earned for courses completed in the military or as part of a peace officer professional development program.

Enrollment Requirements

To be admitted into this program, students must present a copy of a Certificate of Completion from any Basic Police Academy when applying to the College in order to enroll in the Law Enforcement Online Degree Program. Students may email the copy of the certificate of completion to: Placement testing may also be required in order to start directly into our English and Statistics courses.

Where You Could Go

Your Associate Degree can be the first step towards furthering your Law Enforcement career. Invest in yourself and your future; enroll today in the Fast-Track Online Degree program at North Central State College. Take advantage of your current training to receive a degree in almost half the time!

What You Will Learn

Program Learning Outcomes:

  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.

* Students are permitted to enroll in seated sections if they so desire.

Required Courses

Criminal and Constitutional Law

This course will examine past and current legal cases and court decisions. Emphasis will be placed on the Bill of Rights and specific amendments that pertain to the criminal justice field. The basic concepts of criminal law will also be examined concerning criminal statutes and elements for selected offenses for the State of Ohio.


The purpose of this course is to study crime and criminality in modern society with an emphasis on the underlying assumptions, propositions, and supporting evidence of crime theories. This course examines the multi-disciplinary science of law-making, law-breaking, and law-enforcing. A major emphasis will be placed on the evolution of criminological theories and review of data that assists in predicting where, when, by whom and against whom crimes happen.

Juvenile Delinquency

This course provides an overview of the current theoretical and methodological issues concerning juvenile delinquency. This course examines the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency. The course is structured to focus on the social construction of delinquency, the development of the juvenile justice system, theoretical explanations of delinquency, and the current research on juvenile delinquency in the United States. The primary objectives of this course are to foster critical thinking about how we define, address, research, punish, and treat delinquency in America.

Success Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals

This course provides students with an introduction to personal vision, leadership, and management concepts. This course further introduces to the student, their role and responsibilities in the field of criminal justice and how to balance this with the demands of their personal life. Topics include interpersonal leadership, empathic communication, creative cooperation, self-renewal, and situational  leadership concepts that law enforcement professionals and agencies encounter within the criminal justice field.

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an introductory level course and is a study of the basic human behavior. Topics include the history of psychology, scientific methods, biological processes, cognitive processes, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, intelligence, human development, personality theory, psychopathology and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.


This course involves instruction and experience in giving a presentation. Students are taught the principles of speech content and delivery so that they can effectively participate in a variety of practical speaking situations. Presentations will include the informative speech, persuasive speech, visual aid/demonstration speech, impromptu speech, and group presentation.

English Composition I

This is a basic course in expository writing and critical reading. Students read a variety of nonfiction works and write summaries, analysis, essays, and a researched argument in response to their reading. Students learn to read actively and accurately and to organize, develop, and revise coherent papers appropriate for a college-educated audience.

Probability and Statistics

This course provides the student with an overview of probability and statistics. Probability terminology, concepts and rules are emphasized in solving probability problems. Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, charts, tables and diagrams are used to summarize data. The student is introduced to the binomial, Poisson, hyper-geometric, normal and t-distributions. Confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and linear regression are used to make conclusions concerning population parameters from sample data.

Nutrition OR Forensic Psychology

Nutrition: an introductory course to the principles of nutrition and its relationship to health. Included are practical applications in daily life as well as nutritional assessments of individuals. Emphasis is on essential nutrients, their supply and function, as related to an individual’s well-being. Health promotion and chronic disease are explored in relation to today’s society.

Forensic Psychology: This course will examine the relationship between psychology and different components of the criminal justice system. An introduction to the field of forensic psychology will be provided and examination of some different types of criminal behavior will occur. Applications of psychological principles to the resolution of problems within the criminal justice field will also be explored.

Introduction to Humanities OR Ethics

Introduction to Humanities: This course is a genre-based introduction to the humanities and the fine arts. The student will explore the six major means of artistic expression within the fine arts: painting, literature, drama, film, photography, and sculpture. The course focuses on an understanding of the genre itself as well as the various critical theories that apply to the fine arts, including but not necessarily limited to mimesis, formalism, didacticism, and postmodernism. Field trips are required in the course.

Ethics: This course involves an examination of several ethical theories, including ethical relativism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, social contract ethics, theological ethics, and rational ethics. Subjects covered may include the ethics of nuclear war, the ethics of suicide, ethical issues in abortion, the ethics of euthanasia, ethical issues in genetic engineering, sexual ethics, racism and sexism, capital punishment, ethics and the environment and so on.

Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Diversity and Racism

Introduction to Sociology: Introduction to the theoretical foundations and methods used to gather, interpret, and evaluate data in sociology. Insight into how society is organized by focusing on the structure and function of social institutions, the impact of culture and socialization on individuals and groups, and systems of stratification among various racial and ethnic, social class, gender and sexuality groups.

Cultural Diversity and Racism: Sociological exploration of American racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis placed on the social construction of race and ethnicity, patterns of intergroup contact. Historical comparative analysis of selected groups with emphasis on economic, political and structural inequalities.