Train to Become a Police Officer

Earn Your Law Enforcement Associate’s Degree

Law enforcement professionals are the protectors and defenders of our society; our Law Enforcement Associate’s degree is designed to help meet the high demand for jobs in this field. The selection standards and training needed to be a police officer in Minnesota are among the highest in the nation. Our program provides real-time, practical experience to help you develop the decision-making ability and critical-thinking skills needed to make life-or-death decisions in high-pressure situations.

Rasmussen College is the first program in Minnesota to offer skills training on nights and weekends only. These options give individuals working toward a degree in law enforcement the ability to continue working while fulfilling their training requirements.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree

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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.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

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

  • Bloomington Police Department
  • Burnett County Sheriff's Department
  • Stillwater Police Department
  • Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department
  • Metro Transit Police Department
  • Red Lake Police Department
  • Stearns County Sheriff's Office

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

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

Average Starting Salary

for our Law Enforcement Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $30,146

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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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), continuing your education can help you earn a higher salary and advance your career. 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 2022)
Transit and Railroad Police$33,140$43,130$55,4904%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$32,670$41,910$56,1306%

Earning a degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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