Train to Become a Police Officer in Minnesota

Law Enforcement Associate’s Degree

The selection standards and training needed to be a police officer in Minnesota are among the highest in the nation. Rasmussen College was the first private college in Minnesota history to be granted state approval for a practical police training program, and our Law Enforcement Associate’s degree prepares you to meet these requirements through our unique and innovative approach to law enforcement training. You receive training in realistic settings using the same facilities, equipment, scenarios, and tactics as current law enforcement professionals.

Earn a Practical, Real-life, Focused Law Enforcement Degree

Our coursework focuses on real-life scenario training with real-time and practical application of law enforcement tactics. You hone your skills at a police training facility built for and used by active-duty officers, not at a sterile academic training environment. You gain extensive firearms experience by firing thousands of rounds of ammunition to develop advanced marksmanship skills and, more importantly, the ingrained muscle memory and the critical-thinking skills you need to make life and death decisions under high-pressure situations.

Using the recommendations of our advisory board of experienced law enforcement professionals, our curriculum also emphasizes the importance of advanced writing and human interaction skills.

Learn more about our Law Enforcement Associate's degree 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
  • Earn a degree approved by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (MN POST) Board
  • Learn the practical training component of the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) program
  • Become qualified to apply for positions to serve as a law enforcement officer in your community

Law Enforcement Courses

The Law Enforcement AAS degree includes several police-specific courses designed to give you a deeper understanding of key aspects of law enforcement.

  • Skills training in realistic settings
  • Gain extensive firearms experience
  • Approved by the MN POST Board
  • Develop ingrained muscle memory and critical thinking skills

Sample Course List

Criminology: Motives for Criminal Deviance
This course examines the social and behavioral issues involved in the study of crime as a social phenomenon. Included is an explanation of what crime is, what causes crime, and the various techniques for measuring the amounts and characteristics of crime and criminals.
Policing in America
Students will examine the theoretical underpinnings of police work in the United States, including its historical roots, its current status, and the trends that will shape its future. They will explore the problems and solutions facing citizens, patrol officers, administrators, and agencies. They will also cover contemporary practices such as Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing, and Directed Patrol. In investigating these topics, student will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving. For residential only, this course includes a fieldwork assignment.
Drugs and Crime
"The course will focus on the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. Treatment and prevention of abuse will be explored. In addition, policy implications of drug use and the criminal justice system response will be analyzed. An overview of the theories of use, drug business, and drug law enforcement will be explored. Such recent developments as ""club drugs,"" inhalants, herbal stimulants, and designer drugs will also be discussed."
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Capstone
The capstone class examines the future of the criminal justice system. The current cutting edge technology in different fields within the criminal justice system is discussed along with insights from accomplished scholars of what the near future holds. Methods and philosophies that will govern the criminal justice field in the near future are introduced along with discussions of the ethical, legal, social, and political ramifications expected. This course includes ten hours of field experience.
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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
  • Estimated Tuition Price

    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
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POST Board Licensing Approval

The Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program at Rasmussen College is POST Board approved. Rasmussen College is the first college in Minnesota to earn both Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree approval from the POST Board.

The POST Board approval of this program allows graduates to complete the POST Board licensing exam after they have completed the required practical skills training which is also offered by Rasmussen College. The curriculum at Rasmussen College satisfies the academic requirements for a Minnesota professional peace officer education program and prepares students for the POST exam necessary to become a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study