Pursue Your Career as a Minnesota Police Officer

Earn Your Law Enforcement Skills Certificate

Our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate provides you with the physical skills necessary to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure. Skills training can be completed in as few as 6 months and is offered on nights and weekends only, to give individuals working toward a degree in law enforcement the ability to continue working while fulfilling their training requirements.*

This 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. Our instructors have years of experience in the law enforcement field and work diligently to develop your physical abilities to the highest level while focusing on repetitive, real-time and practical application of law enforcement tactics under high-pressure situations.

Gain experience in traffic enforcement, firearm use, defensive tactics, investigation and pursuit driving to be prepared for a career in law enforcement.

We also offer an Academic Certificate, which can be completed in as few as 9 months and provides the academic principles necessary to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure.*

Rasmussen College honors students’ military service and offers military police reciprocity for those who meet the requirements.

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Gain In-Field Law Enforcement Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your classes, you can prepare for a successful law enforcement career across a wide range of criminal justice opportunities. Our Law Enforcement program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Minnesota Police Officer Licensure Preparation

    Fulfill the academic and career-ready skills required for the Minnesota police officer licensure.

  • High-Pressure Critical Thinking

    Develop quick-response muscle memory and the critical-thinking skills you need to make life-and-death decisions under high-pressure situations

  • Marksmanship and Defensive Tactics

    Explore marksmanship and defensive tactics for violent confrontations and combat gunfighting.

  • Firearms Experience

    Gain extensive firearms experience and develop advanced marksmanship skills by firing thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE): This program meets standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (MN POST) for persons who seek employment in Minnesota as a peace officer. Graduates of this program may need to successfully complete additional academic coursework, training, practical/skills, and fitness standards before becoming eligible to sit for the MN Peace Officer Licensing Exam. Some of this training cannot be completed online.

This program is not aligned to the standards of any professional licensing body other than the MN POST, and is not intended to satisfy professional licensure requirements of any professional licensing agency in any other state.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • State Government

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, applicants to this program must successfully complete and pass a criminal background check and must also submit to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check.

Admission into the Law Enforcement Skills Certificate program requires applicants to have earned an Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited school in a program that is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (MN POST) Board.

Applicants lacking the academic requirements stated above, but who have been deemed eligible to sit for the Military Reciprocity Examination by the MN POST Board due to prior military law enforcement experience are also eligible for admission upon fulfilling specific obligations. Please speak with a program manager for more details.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Law Enforcement Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary and projected job growth for law enforcement professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2024)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$34,230$44,000$59,6803%
Transit and Railroad Police$41,540$54,570$66,6105%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 13, 2017] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed June 8, 2016] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.

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