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Law Enforcement

Associate's Degree

Next start date

January 02, 2019

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Field Experience

Train to become a Minnesota police officer and make a positive impact on your local community with an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement. Our Associate’s degree can be completed in as few as 18 months and provides real-time, practical training and Law Enforcement studies from experienced instructors.1 Receive hands-on experience in realistic settings at our modern, on-site Law Enforcement Training Facility. This Law Enforcement degree is available with Flex Choice® self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online Law Enforcement courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. 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.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Strive for MN Peace Officer Licensing

Our Law Enforcement program is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.2 Graduates are eligible to sit for the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Exam after they have successfully completed the required academic and skills training.

Make a Positive Impact

Our curriculum gives you the knowledge and skills you need in preparation for law enforcement and to make a positive impact on your local community.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers is 7%.3 A Law Enforcement degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Firearms Experience

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

Psychology and Legal System Insight

Study the psychology of the criminal mind, the impact of child development on delinquency and participate in courtroom scenarios to gain an understanding of the legal system.

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.

Professional Communication

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

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response

    • CJK 2124
    • On Campus
    • 2 Credits

    Trains the fundamental principles of marksmanship for firearms competency, and will progress to police specific skills needed for proficiency in firearms use. Students will practice the care and maintenance of firearms.

    Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals

    • CJE 2566
    • Online
    • 3 Credits

    Examines the ethical dilemmas encountered by law enforcement professionals. Analyzes the roles of discretion, bias and professionalism in the field. Also examines sources and effects of stress in law enforcement and explores preparation for and management of stress.

    Minnesota Criminal Code

    • CJK 2724
    • Online
    • 2 Credits

    Examines the Minnesota criminal code and related statutes to gain a thorough understanding of peace officer responsibilities under Minnesota law. Reviews specific Minnesota crimes and their elements, levels of offense, proper handling of suspects involved in various crimes, charging, defenses and sentencing.

27 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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

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.

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Class Locations

Where Will I Take These Classes?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.

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