The Criminal Justice – AS Degree* offered by Penn Foster College allows students to learn the skills to help them take the first step towards employment in criminal law, police management, and criminology. Due to the nature of this online degree program, there is no need for classroom attendance. Students are trained in law enforcement, crime prevention, security, and how court systems operate.
Penn Foster College’s Criminal Justice – AS Degree* can yield a rewarding career path where students protect individual’s rights, community regulations, and the rights of businesses.
Previous coursework completed before starting with Penn Foster College can be reviewed for potential credit, granted that it meets the requirements Penn Foster College has instated. By completing a basic skills assessment, Penn Foster College is able to determine the best suitable level for students to begin the required math and reading courses. Once the level to begin has been determined, students engage in courses such as Information Literacy, and Criminal Justice Orientation. In these courses students study about search engines and databases, both for the Internet and sources attainted through libraries.
Throughout the course of each semester, students complete graded projects that are a part of the expected coursework. Other courses include Criminal Procedures, and Ethics in Criminal Justice.
*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.