Prepare to answer the call. And build a career.
93% of our available Criminal Justice graduates are working in their field.*
“As an employer, I can count on PTC to send me qualified, educated, and enthusiastic candidates for my open positions.”
Dena Chaliotis, MS Human Resources Specialist, Securitas Security Services
You’ve been doing good all your life. Now do it for a living.
Your career starts in our associate degree program in Criminal Justice. You’ll be led by instructors with law enforcement experience who know what it takes to succeed. Professionals with a passion for service to others—and that includes passing along their skills and knowledge to those who’ll follow in their footsteps. Your hands-on, interactive learning will feature interactive use-of-force and firearms simulations presented by our MILO Range Pro judgmental training system that are based on the same scenarios you’ll encounter in the real world.
There’s a growing need for leaders and professionals in public safety, security management, corrections, law enforcement, private security, and emergency services. Our associate degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare you to answer that need. Homeland Security is a top priority—and a dynamic opportunity—across the country, and our program addresses this demand with hands-on learning, simulation scenarios, key certifications, and a valuable internship.
Learn the skills that save lives.
Valid arrest, search, seizure, admission, and confession techniques
Constitutional rights of individuals
Conducting a criminal investigation
Handling internal and external threats
Use of force
Positioning, cuffing, searching, and takedowns
Writing a proper police report
Levels of proof
Sketching and photographing a crime scene
How to police juveniles
Characteristics of juvenile offenders
Security as it relates to terrorism
The origins of terrorism
Laws regarding private security
The diverse array of employers looking for qualified professionals includes:
County government detective units
911 dispatch centers
Armored transportation companies
Colleges and universities
Emergency management businesses
Energy and gas companies
Hotels, resorts, conference centers
Internet security companies
Parks, plants, corporate campuses
Prerelease halfway houses
Private security companies
Probation and parole offices
State and federal courts
Substance abuse centers
Our recent graduates are working in positions such as:
Community Corrections Monitor
Loss Prevention Associate
Loss Prevention Detective
Hospital Police Officer
Resort Security Officer
Employers of PTC Graduates
When you’re ready to start your job search, our dedicated Career Services staff will help you, just as they’ve helped our grads who’ve been hired by employers* including:
G4S Secure Solutions
Allegheny County Jail
Jefferson County Jail
NSA Security Forces
Allegheny County Jail
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment. Applicants for the Criminal Justice program must pass a required background check.
Steps to Career Success 1
Intro to Criminology & Crim Just
Principles of Writing
English Composition 1
Introduction to Policing
Intro to Homeland Security
Steps to Career Success 2
English Composition 2
Prin Of Eoc/Dispatch
Casino & Lodging Security
Modern Corrections Issues
Security & Loss Prevention
Rept Writ for Crim Justice Prof
Steps to Career Success 3
Act235 Cert Prep
PTC’s Criminal Justice program prepares you for certifications in:
Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 certification from the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
Supervisor Excellence, a private security certification from the Professional Security Training Network (PSTN)
NIMS - National Incident Management System
Students who meet enrollment criteria for a firearms academy may take ACT 235 training at no additional cost.
PTC is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA).
*Showcases graduates from 2017 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2017-4/30/2018. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit PTCollege.edu/employmentstats to learn more.
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