Academics

Criminal Justice

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The NIACC Criminal Justice program prepares you for employment with public or private agencies concerned with public safety, crime prevention, or the apprehension and rehabilitation of criminals. Graduates of this two-year program earn an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree and a NIACC Criminal Justice Certificate.

Picture of Crime SceneThe curriculum also meets requirements for those already employed by criminal justice agencies who wish to obtain further education for professional advancement, as well as for those who desire advanced study in criminology or social welfare. Approximately half of the graduates from this program go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at senior institutions. NIACC has an agreement with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy which allows up to 15 hours of credit earned at the Academy to be awarded at NIACC.

What Will I Learn?

    • Crime Scene Investigation
    • Latent fingerprint collection procedures
    • Basic criminal law
    • Application of fundamental investigative techniques
    • Identification, handling and proper collection of evidence
    • Rules and procedures for courts, corrections and police
    • Rules governing admissibility of evidence in court
    • Interview and interrogation tactics
    • Effective report writing
    • …and much more!

Career Opportunities

Picture of Officer pat downCriminal Justice program graduates may obtain employment in a variety of positions such as:

    • Police Officer
    • Sheriff Deputy
    • Probation/Parole Officer
    • State Investigator
    • Federal Investigator
    • Private Security

NIACC’s strong articulation agreements with four-year academic institutions also allow credit for Criminal Justice program classes to transfer and facilitate completion of a four-year degree in Criminal Justice.

Sample Schedule – Curriculum