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Correctional Officer Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate 
Contact Information: Program Office 615-916-5872, Southeast Campus, Program Site, E-mail: lawenforcement@nscc.edu  

The NSCC Correctional Officer Program is to teach students a broad range of courses designed to equip jailers with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary. In addition, a jailer may also perform cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect the facility for cleanliness and stand guard during exercise periods. This training program, which may be completed over two semesters, provides jailers with knowledge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, use of force, investigations, communications, pertinent law, life skills, and many other aspects of the corrections field.  

Graduates of the program will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a level of physical conditioning that is appropriate for performance of a correctional officer in today’s criminal justice industries. 

  • Demonstrate a proficiency in high liability critical job areas such as firearms, defensive tactics, and first aid for criminal justice first-responders. 

  • Demonstrate an understanding beyond the basics of the fundamental skills required for an officer entering the corrections profession. 

  • Demonstrate proper and professional discipline and personal accountability expected in the corrections profession. 

Career Opportunities 

  • State Correctional Officer 

  • Sheriff’s Deputy 


The certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward the Nashville State A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement with a concentration in Police Administration. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward the Law Enforcement AAS degree Police Administration Concentration should consult his/her advisor about articulation options. 

Course Requirements

  • CRMJ 1010   - Intro to Criminal Justice 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 1020   - Intro to the Legal Process 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 1341   - Physical Defensive Tactics 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 1370   - Office Survival 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 1380   - Academy Special Topics OR approved CRMJ Elective 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 1381   - Interview/Interrogation Techniques 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 2010   - Intro to Law Enforcement 3 Credits 

  • CRMJ 2020   - Intro to Corrections 3 Credits 

Total Certificate Requirements: 24 Credits 


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).  

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