Correctional Officer Certificate: Course Overviews
The following courses are required for the Correctional Officer Certificate. For more information, please refer to the curriculum.
- Medical First Responder (CJD 0254): This course teaches the Department of Transportation's first responder techniques for emergency medical situations. Officer health and communicable diseases are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the signs and symptoms of each disease and the methods of transmission.
- Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics (CJD 0704): This course instructs students in an officer personal safety techniques. Students learn and practice techniques for subduing, searching and transporting individuals who resist arrest. The course also covers the use of restraining devices, impact weapons and pressure points.
- Criminal Justice Weapons (CJD 0705): This course teaches students the use of officer firearms, including handguns and shotguns. Safety procedures and ammunition use are emphasized. The use of chemical agents is covered, with practical exercises included.
- Physical Training (CJD 0715C): This course introduces the concept of fitness for living, and students evaluate themselves in a planned fitness program.
- Emergency Preparedness (CDJ 0741): Emergency preparedness covers criminal facility tensions, such as riots. Students explore prevention procedures and techniques. Other topics include the proper handling of unusual disturbances, firefighting principles and emergency procedures for natural or manmade disasters.
- Criminal Justice Interpersonal Skills I (CJD 0773): In this course, students learn community relations in a correctional environment. Community relations techniques, including courtesy, are explored. Emphasis is placed on assisting inmates with rules and regulations. Intervention techniques for situations, including suicide, violence and other crises, are studied. Other topics include human diversity, as well as stress recognition and reduction.
- Interpersonal Skills II (CJD 0750): This course helps students understand human adjustment to imprisonment. Criminal types and careers are studied. Special population subgroup needs and programs are explored. Inmate supervision techniques are examined.
- Correctional Operations (CJD 0752): This course focuses on operating a correctional facility. Students learn safety and healthcare for inmates and inmate control procedures. Other examined procedures include property, classifications, and bonding and release regulations. Inmate disciplinary functions, according to state rules and regulations, are emphasized. Accountability, bookkeeping procedures, patrol techniques and officer hazards are also studied.
- Criminal Justice Legal I (CJD 0773): This course is an overview and history of the criminal justice system, covering the basic components of the legal system, as well as court and trial procedures. Professional behavior, ethics and the responsibilities of correctional officers are studied. Emphasis is placed on learning inmates' legal rights. This is a hands-on course. A lab fee is charged.
- Criminal Justice Legal II (CJD 0771): This course reviews constitutional law and its relationship to the correctional officer. Special attention is paid to evidence procedures, as well as search and seizure. The course provides in-depth coverage of specific offenses.
- Criminal Justice Communications (CJD 0772): This course introduces the report writing process. Emphasis is placed on interviewing, taking statements and note-taking. These three components are then merged to produce the final correctional report. Interpersonal communication skills are covered. Other topics include radio and telephone equipment and procedures.