Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice field offers many challenging career opportunities. Law Enforcement, Corrections, Judicial Services, and Forensic Laboratories are in need of qualified and trained personnel. Some of the duties in these career fields include investigations, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, inmate supervision, hunting regulation enforcement, correctional counseling, court services administration, and many more.

One of our programs strengths is the fact that many of our instructors are currently working or have worked in the Criminal Justice field. The ranks of our teaching staff have included a police chief, a chief deputy, a detective, criminal prosecutors, a former trooper, a correctional officer, and many other local Criminal Justice personnel. The Criminal Justice program can be taken as a diploma program when 30 core semester hours are completed or as an Associate of Applied Sciences or Associate of Arts degree when certain core semester hours are completed in accordance with each degree’s requirements.

Specific departmental requirements govern entry into all Criminal Justice careers. In the State of Iowa all certified law enforcement officials must first attend and successfully complete an accredited law enforcement academy. Iowa Central’s Criminal Justice Program will help prepare you for that challenge.

Indoor Simulated Firearms Range
Iowa Central Criminal Justice utilizes current state of the art Simulation firearms equipment that allows students the ability to learn basic firearms skills and tactics from qualified instructors on site. Students use two primary weapons systems: the Glock 17T and the DPMS AR-15T. These weapon systems utilize training marker rounds which are much like a “paintball” style round, but much more realistic. This training allows students the ability to experience practical hands-on skills that will help them in their future careers in the criminal justice system. These weapons systems are currently used by law enforcement and corrections training around the nation.

Iowa Law Enforcement Credit
Students who have graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy may receive up to 18 hours of Criminal Justice credit at Iowa Central Community College.

Criminal Justice Careers

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  • Ballistics Specialist
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • DEA Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Dispatcher
  • Domestic Counselor
  • FBI Agent
  • Fingerprint Specialist
  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Polygraph Examiner
  • State Trooper

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice
3.0
CRJ-132 Constitutional Law
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
XXX-XXX Math and Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-110 Patrol Procedures
3.0
CRJ-133 Constitutional Criminal Procedures
3.0
CRJ-141 Criminal Investigation
3.0
CRJ-120 Intro to Corrections
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-160 Intro to Forensic Investigation
3.0
CRJ-300 Perspectives of Homeland Security
3.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
XXX-XXX Criminal Justice Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
XXX-XXX Criminal Justice Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Criminal Justice Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Science Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
Criminal Justice A.A.S. Total Hours: 67.0
 

Criminal Justice Elective Courses
(choose 3 of the following 6 courses for a total of 9 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CRJ-152 Defensive Tactics
3.0
CRJ-170 Overview of Cybercrime
3.0
CRJ-200 Criminology
3.0
CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency
3.0
CRJ-206 Terrorism Response
3.0
CRJ-260 Medicolegal Death Investigation
3.0

*The following Social Science courses are highly recommended for students planning to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at a four-year institution: Introduction to Psychology (PSY-111), American National Government (POL-111), Introduction to Sociology (SOC-110) and Minority Group Relations (SOC-200).

The Criminal Justice Program can be taken as a diploma program when 30 core semester hours are completed, or an Associate of Applied Science Study Degree program when 67 semester hours are completed.

Instructors

Joe Wright (Advisor)
515-574-1295
wright@iowacentral.edu
Kylia Doyle (Associate)
515-574-1286
doyle_k@iowacentral.edu