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Prepare for a job as a correctional officer or jailer in less than two years.

At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate Degree in as few as 16 months.

  • Offered at two California locations.

  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) certified.

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

You have a passion for justice and law. This Criminal Justice: Corrections program combines technical coursework and career development to help you learn the skills needed to work in jails and prisons.

The Criminal Justice: Corrections program includes instruction in criminal law, evidence collection and preservation, report writing, institutional corrections, physical agility training, defensive tactics, and weaponless defense. While gaining the technical skills required for success in today’s criminal justice careers, graduates will be knowledgeable about industry standards for effective written and oral communication. 

Carrington College uses technologies and equipment to support the learning process such as fingerprint-dusting kits, crime scene kits, gunshot residue kits, luminol forensic kit, gym mats, agility cones, climbing walls, drag dummies, tactical training equipment such as baton training equipment and training spray and other physical fitness equipment.

Students in Carrington College’s degree programs also complete a broad base of general education including 

  • English writing and composition
  • Mathematics
  • Social sciences

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice: Corrections program graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the history, theories and relationship of corrections and the criminal justice system.
  • Apply definitions and theories of crime and criminal codes to the criminal justice systems.
  • Analyze criminal cases using knowledge of rules of investigation, interrogation, and evidence. 
  • Examine the concepts of morality, ethics, and law and apply the philosophies within the criminal justice system. 
  • Write a complete, competent and relevant report. 
  • Handle inmates appropriately both verbally and physically incorporating Title 15 regulations.
  • Use a firearm1 safely and demonstrate appropriate arrest, search and seizure techniques. 
  • Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, communication, collaboration and professionalism.

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Carrington College’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is available at three California campuses. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.2

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Career Opportunities

Carrington College’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program prepares graduates to work as correctional officers and jailers, in addition to employment opportunities such as retail loss prevention specialists or security guards

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

Graduates of this program earn the following certifications: Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) Adult Core Academy, which includes 8-hour Baton; and, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) certified training in Powers to Arrest, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Firearms, Baton, Chemical Agents, Public Relations, Observations and Documentation, Communications and its Significance, and, Liability and Legal Aspects – resulting in (BSIS) Security Guard Care and (BSIS) Security Guard Exposed Weapons permits. 

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Read Our Career Guide On Criminal Justice: Corrections

Correctional officers are a vital part of the criminal justice system. They work to protect inmates and civilians working in jails, prisons or other correctional institutes.

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  1. Effective January 1, 2020, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permits may only be issued to applicants who are 21 years of age or older. (Individuals who do not meet the new age requirement will be allowed to participate in the Firearms Range Qualifications Training that does not apply to the Permit application, or be provided an alternate assignment. In either case, students can return to re-take the Firearms Range Qualifications Training when they meet the age requirement at no additional cost.)
  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.