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Criminal Justice Technology

Launch Your Criminal Justice Career

An associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Pitt Community College will help you get started in a rewarding criminal justice career. You’ll gain knowledge of all areas of the criminal justice system, from local, state, and federal law enforcement to corrections and the court system.

Our in-person and online courses in criminalistics and investigative principles help you develop critical skills that prepare you for today’s workforce. Investigate simulated crime scenes and engage in crime-solving techniques like fingerprinting, blood spatter interpretation, ballistics, photography, and collecting and handling evidence.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter the workforce in the criminal justice field or continue your studies at a four-year university. Whichever you choose, we can help with personal advising and career planning.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for Criminal Justice Technology?

When you select Pitt for your Criminal Justice Technology degree, you’ll receive:

An affordable program: Our in-state students can complete their criminal justice degree for just $76 per credit hour, significantly cheaper than four-year universities. Plus, we offer financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and veterans’ benefits.

Flexibility: Balance schoolwork with your other commitments. Take classes during the day, evening, or weekend to fit your schedule — or complete your criminal justice degree online from anywhere in the world.

Twenty years of experience: We have been offering our Criminal Justice Technology degree for more than 20 years. You can feel confident that you’ll receive the highest level of instruction, hands-on learning, and support.

Expert faculty: Our criminal justice degree faculty all have professional experience in the criminal justice field, ranging from military, law enforcement, court systems, drug advising/counseling, and social work. Benefit from their expertise and expansive network as you begin your career.

Global experience: Explore criminal justice around the world with an optional study abroad experience in Ireland. Meet local criminal justice experts and learn about their processes while engaging in the culture of another country.

Network-building activities: Meet like-minded students in the Criminal Justice Association. Get a first-hand look at criminal justice functions with visits to local courthouses, jails, and law enforcement training facilities. And give back to your community through service activities like food drives and fundraisers.

Criminal Justice Careers

As a Criminal Justice Technology degree graduate, your knowledge of basic criminal justice techniques and processes will give you an advantage as you enter the workforce. If you plan to enter Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), you’ll have the skills to stand out among your peers.

The training you receive in our criminal justice degree program gives you the skills to succeed in a variety of criminal justice careers, including:

  • Police/Highway Patrol officer
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Crime scene investigator
  • County detention officer
  • Social worker/counselor
  • Intensive probation/parole surveillance officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Loss prevention specialist or private investigator
  • U.S. military

“I am so glad I attended the PCC Criminal Justice program. It gave me the knowledge and motivation I needed to excel and be promoted ahead of my peers.”

Wayne Wall

U.S. Army Specialist
Class of 2018

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  • Police/Highway Patrol officer
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Crime scene investigator
  • County detention officer
  • Social worker/counselor
  • Intensive probation/parole surveillance officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Loss prevention specialist or private investigator
  • U.S. military
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Electives within Criminal Justice Technology
  • Ethics and Community Relations
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Interviews/Interrogations
  • Investigative Photography
  • Investigative Principles
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement Operations
  • Basic investigative techniques
  • Juvenile/adult counseling and crisis intervention techniques
  • Use of force, arrest, and other police procedures
  • Due process of criminal, constitutional, and correctional law