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Printed on 5/25/2018


20-504-7 Certificate (C) 15 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Learn the skills and knowledge to become a corrections officer or advance your career in corrections. You’ll learn about the history and organization of the penal system, including programming, services and inmate populations. You’ll also cover security, policy development, ethics and administration. Your training will include correctional law, and the sociology of correctional institution populations.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Correctional Administration
Teaches students the basics of the role of the administrator in a correctional facility. Topics include the role of the correctional supervisor, human resource management, strategic planning, policy development and inmate management.
Correctional Institutions
Teaches students about the history and present practice of the correctional institution. Topics include the development of prisons, the penal system, inmate profiles and special groups, as well as prison programs and services.
Correctional Sociology
Teaches students the sociology of the correctional institution's inmate population & staffing. Topics include the admission process, adjustment to confinement, formal and informal organizations, violence and suicide prevention and the supervision of special offenders. The course covers both adult and juvenile populations.
Corrections Law
Teaches students the laws and regulations affecting the correctional institution. Topics include understanding the Federal and State Court System, criminal and civil actions, sentencing and plea bargains, and prisoner rights and inmate litigation.
Correctional Security
Teaches students the basics of correctional security. Topics include inmate security control, inspections, movements, counts, privacy and safety, contraband, and equipment and building security. Personal protection, hostage negotiations and pad subduing techniques will also be discussed.

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