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Law Enforcement

Associate's Degree

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Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice® (Optional)

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.

The Law Enforcement Associate’s degree 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.

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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?

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.

Firearms Training

Gain extensive experience on the proper use and application of firearms.

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As a police officer, you provide a dedicated service and encourage a positive experience in your local community.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Special Populations: Law Enforcement Responses 

    • CJE 1775
    • On Campus
    • 4 Credits

    Explores the role of law enforcement in serving special populations in our communities. It focuses on mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities. Examines law enforcement’s work with victims and covers cultural diversity in policing.

    Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement

    • CJE 2422
    • On Campus
    • 4 Credits

    Delves into the various communication and problem-solving skills required to be successful in law enforcement. Examines effective interpersonal skills, written skills, and communication techniques appropriate for the incident or audience. Topics covered are crisis intervention and crisis management techniques, the importance of effective listening, and interviewing skills.

    Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals

    • CJE 2566
    • On Campus
    • 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.

27 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

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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 Can I Find a Law Enforcement Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Law Enforcement program near you.

  • Online
  • Minnesota
  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 Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] 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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