Program Overview

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) offers a Corrections Certificate for those seeking employment in a correctional institution. The certificate equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance as correctional practitioners. The 21 credit program can be easily completed within a year. It includes the following courses: criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal procedure, probation and parole, and theory and practice of corrections. Although this program is offered online, a few of the required courses may be only offered onsite at the college. However, RVCC assures that at least 85 percent of the courses are offered online.

Students learn the operations of correctional institutions on both practical and theoretical levels. Students also analyze how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function as components of the criminal justice system. It should be noted that the certificate is not a substitute for an academic degree and will not qualify a person for a position that requires a degree. However, if the student chooses to pursue a degree all the courses in the Corrections’ certificate program may be applied to RVCC’s Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Raritan Valley Community College is a public, two-year community college located in North Branch, New Jersey. The institution was originally founded in 1966 as Somerset County College. The college was renamed Raritan Valley Community College in 1987 when it became the official community college for two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. The mission of RVCC is to be “ educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.”

    RVCC offers associate's degree programs and certificates. Several programs can be completed entirely online.


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