Become a Minnesota Police Officer

Law Enforcement Academic and Skills Certificate

As a Minnesota student with an Associate’s degree from a POST Board-approved college or university, our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate and our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate provide you with the academic principles and the physical skills necessary to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure.

Law Enforcement Academic Certificate

Our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate curriculum is designed to meet Minnesota licensing requirements and focuses solely on the:

  • Academic principles of law enforcement
  • Legal system—from arrest to the courts to the corrections system
  • Role of law enforcement in today's criminal justice system

Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated to working with you one-on-one to develop you into the highest caliber law enforcement professional. In fact, our advanced curriculum and dedicated instructors have helped our graduates maintain a 100% state licensing exam pass rate.

Law Enforcement Skills Certificate

Our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate offers a unique and advanced approach to law enforcement training by incorporating realistic settings that include the same facilities, equipment, scenarios, and tactics used by law enforcement professionals. Courses provide hands-on training and practical skill development in real-world law enforcement areas:

  • Firearms use
  • Defensive tactics
  • Investigations
  • Pursuit driving
  • Traffic enforcement

Our instructors work diligently to develop your physical abilities to the highest caliber while focusing on repetitive, real-time, and practical application of law enforcement tactics under high-pressure situations. Through our curriculum, you develop the ingrained muscle memory and critical-thinking skills required to make life and death decisions under pressure.

Learn more about our Law Enforcement Academic and Skills Certificates by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • Fulfill the academic and in-field skills required for the Minnesota police officer licensure
  • Examine the psychology behind a criminal's mind and participate in court room scenarios
  • Explore marksmanship tactics for violent confrontations and combat gunfighting

Courses in our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate develop the academic skills needed to fulfill the requirements for the Minnesota police officer licensure.

  • Curriculum designed to meet MN licensing requirements
  • Courses led by Industry-experienced faculty
  • Our graduates maintain a 100% state licensing exam pass rate
  • Prepare to take the MN POST licensing exam

Sample Course List

Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime and the Courtroom
This course provides an examination of substantive and procedural criminal law. Students are introduced to the Federal and State courts systems. The concepts of evidence sufficiency, standards of proof, and due process are explored. Statutory defenses, mitigating factors and circumstances which may excuse criminal responsibility, and common law principles are examined. For residential only, this course includes a fieldwork assignment.
Practical Psychology for Law Enforcement
Students will examine how principles of psychology relate to law-enforcement work. They will explore fundamental concepts from a policing perspective, focusing on the real-world effects these principles produce on peace officers, their families, and the citizens they serve. Students will apply ideas from psychology to create effective victim- and witness-interviewing strategies, offender behavior-modification approaches, and officer coping methods. They will review the short-and long-term physiological and psychological effects of stress, trauma, and occupational experiences unique to the profession.
Security Challenges
This course is an examination of the field of security and the security challenges faced in the current world situation. Both public and private security issues will be evaluated based on organization, law, and risk. Defense basics will be explored internally and externally. Specific threats to transportation, cargo, and information from terrorism will be reviewed. This course concludes with a critical look at the future of security.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Estimated Tuition Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Transit and Railroad Police$33,140$43,130$55,490
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$32,670$41,910$56,130

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Law Enforcement Academic graduates: