Prepare for a career in criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections and related fields. Choose from certificate programs or an associate’s degree that enables you to transfer to a four-year college.


The Criminal Justice program prepares adults for the rigors and responsibilities of these important careers. Traditional classroom instruction is combined with "in-the-field" internship opportunities, jail and prison tours, and police ride-alongs, giving you the balanced training, experiences and connections you need to begin a rewarding career in criminal justice.


Any associate's degree earned through the Criminal Justice program is also a Direct Transfer Associate, which is transferable to any public or private four-year college or university.

Central Washington University offers its Law and Justice bachelor's degree program on the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus, providing Pierce students an easy, convenient way to earn a four-year degree.

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No prerequisite courses are required for the Criminal Justice program, but students are advised to take a skills assessment test through the testing center to ensure successful class placement.

Most associate's degrees can be earned by a full-time student in about two years, while certificates take roughly a year to complete. The Criminal Justice program certificates and degrees require 35–104 credits.

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About the Program

Any past criminal history may be detrimental to finding a job in the Criminal Justice field. If you have these concerns, we encourage you to speak with a Criminal Justice program advisor.

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Cindy Bassage
Program Specialist 2
Bobi Foster-Grahler
Criminal Justice Instructor
Richard Boulware
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice