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Law Enforcement


Next start date

April 01, 2019

Finish in as few as

9 months Academic Certificate1

6 months Skills Certificate1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Field Experience

Reach your ultimate goal of serving your community by becoming a part of our Certificate programs in Law Enforcement. Our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate and Law Enforcement Skills Certificate provide you with the academic principles and physical skills you need to obtain your Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure. These Certificate programs require students to have a degree from a regionally accredited institution. The online Academic Certificate allows you to gain required academic components online in as few as nine months.1 Skills Certificate training is offered nights and weekends on campus and at our on-site Law Enforcement Training Facility to allow you to continue working while pursuing necessary physical skills in as few as six months.1

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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] 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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What Skills Will I Gain?

Psychology and Criminal Justice Insight

Academic Certificate

Study the psychology of the criminal mind and participate in courtroom scenarios to gain an understanding of the legal system.

Professional Communication

Academic Certificate

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

High-Pressure Critical Thinking

Skills Certificate

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

Marksmanship and Defensive Tactics

Skills Certificate

Apply marksmanship and defensive tactics for violent confrontations and combat gunfighting. Gain extensive firearms experience and develop advanced marksmanship skills by firing thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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Advance your abilities and become the high-caliber law enforcement professional you strive to be.

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Important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Academic Certificate | Skills Certificate

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals

    • CJE 2566
    • Online
    • 3 Credits

    Academic Certificate

    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.

    Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response

    • CJK 2124
    • On Campus
    • 2 Credits

    Skills Certificate

    Trains in 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.

    Patrol Practicals: Handling Calls in Progress

    • CJK 2881
    • On Campus
    • 4 Credits

    Skills Certificate

    Simulates responses to realistic calls for service and applies student knowledge of law enforcement to achieve resolution of a variety of common policing scenarios, including fire, arson, explosives response, routine driving and high-speed pursuit driving. Articulates enforcement choices and the potential legal implications of each. 

11 Academic Certificate Courses to Complete

39 Academic Certificate Credit Hours

11 Skills Certificate Courses to Complete

24 Skills Certificate Credit Hours

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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 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 Certificate program near you.

  • Online
  • Minnesota
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