Criminal Justice & Public Service

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Why choose programs in the Criminal Justice Institute at the College of Central Florida?

CF consistently ranks among the most affordable colleges in the United States, with a great location in the heart of central Florida close to large job markets in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. 

The Criminal Justice Institute offers exciting “hands on” career training. The Law Enforcement Officer Basic Training Academy, Correctional Officer Basic Training Academy and a Crossover from Corrections to Law Enforcement Academy are offered several times a year. These are limited access programs. A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Find out more information.

CF also offers high quality college degree programs. Start with earning a College Credit Certificate as a Criminal Justice Technology Specialist as you are on your way to your Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice, or an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Technology. You can go even further at CF by earning your Bachelor of Applied Science specializing in Public Safety Administration.

Visit the Career Coach link on each page to see what jobs you can do with what certificate or degree and what jobs are currently available in our area.

For current law enforcement and correctional officers, CF offers convenient and timely Advanced and Specialized Training Programs.

All our programs of study in criminal justice are regionally accredited and meet rigorous standards set by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Considering a career in Criminal Justice? Contact Norma Walcott!

Norma Walcott is our educational advisor. Walcott’s office is in the Advising Center at the Bryant Student Union, Room 201P on the main Ocala Campus. Email walcottn@cf.edu, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1886.

Criminal Justice Programs are Limited Access

A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements.

Limited access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted for the desired term.

CF Health Science and Law Enforcement programs are limited access programs with special entrance requirements that vary by program. Please see the college catalog, academic program page of the website, printed program cards or information packet of each program for complete information.

Limited access program criteria may include:

  • Application specific to the program
  • Specialized testing
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Criminal background check
  • Physical examination
  • CPR certification
  • Minimum age
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • No criminal history

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