Train to Become a Police Officer

Earn Your Law Enforcement Associate's Degree

Law enforcement professionals are the protectors and defenders of our society; and our Law Enforcement Associate's degree program is designed to help meet the high demand for jobs in the criminal justice field. The selection standards and training needed to be a police officer in Minnesota are among the highest in the nation.

Our Law Enforcement Associate’s degree program can be completed in as few as 18 months and provides real-time, practical skills training from knowledgeable instructors actively working in or recently retired from law enforcement agencies to help you develop the critical-thinking skills needed to make consequential decisions in high-pressure situations.*

Rasmussen College offers multiple start dates per year, skills training on nights and weekends, and academic training fully online—to give individuals working toward a degree in law enforcement the ability to continue working while fulfilling their training requirements.

If you choose our Flex Choice® option that allows you to combine traditional courses and self-directed assessments, you can save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18 Months

Learning Options

Gain In-Field Law Enforcement Skills Employers Seek

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

  • Firearms Experience

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

  • High-Pressure Critical Thinking

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

  • Professional Communication

    Learn advanced writing and human interaction skills to help you succeed in your communication and reporting duties.

  • POST Exam Preparation

    Prepare for the POST exam necessary to become a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.

Training Designed to Help Advance Your Career

Receive hands-on training in realistic settings at our modern, on-site Law Enforcement Training Facility, where you'll use the same facilities, equipment, scenarios and tactics as current law enforcement professionals. Once complete, you can also choose to continue your education with our accelerated Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree, which has a Leadership and Management specialization.

Rasmussen College is one of the few Minnesota colleges with its own POST Board-approved police academy that prepares you to earn the Law Enforcement Skills Certificate needed to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure.

*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.

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.

Law Enforcement Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting standard Rasmussen College admission requirements, you will need to pass a background check and submit to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check.

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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)
Transit and Railroad Police$41,540$54,570$66,6103%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$34,230$44,000$59,6805%

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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