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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Correctional Officer Technical Certificate

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For more information, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Corrections Technical Certificate offers students a competitive edge when seeking employment for entry-level positions in the corrections field.  Students completing the certificate may apply some coursework toward the AAS or AS/AA degree in Criminal Justice. Evening and online classes are available.

Students are required to complete a thirty-two (32) contact hour course through TCI (Tennessee Corrections Institute), which will be embedded in the program in order to receive this certificate.

The Correctional Officer Technical Certificate is embedded within the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, the Associate of Science, Criminal Justice and General Studies area of emphasis, and the Associate of Arts, General Studies area of emphasis.  Courses in this certificate may be used to award these degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge, and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Discuss the history of corrections, special populations in corrections, gangs, and PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act).
  2. Identify issues concerning mental illness, suicide prevention, officer wellness, cultural diversity, and sexual harassment in corrections.
  3. Relate communication, report writing, and intelligence-gathering techniques to a corrections environment.
  4. Demonstrate handcuffing, defensive tactics, cell extraction, cell searches, and other techniques used in handling a variety of inmates.
  5. Identify and cite laws concerning use of force, duty to intervene, and constitutional and civil rights laws for corrections populations.

CIP Code:(27) 43.0104.01    SOC Code:33-3051.00

Total Certificate Requirements - Credits (16)

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