Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In general, the Associate of Science Degree is designed to transfer and satisfies the general education requirements for a Bachelor's Degree at any four-year public institution in Utah. The courses in the AS degree transfer as electives and many of the core courses will also apply toward major requirements at institutions offering Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degrees. The Associate of Applied Science Degree provides more technical training and is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce in the Criminal Justice field immediately upon completion.
Although the Associate of Applied Science Degree is not designed for transfer students, the courses within it are all transferable. The Associate of Applied Science Degree does not contain a sufficient number of general education courses to satisfy general education requirements at Utah's four-year institutions. The Criminal Justice courses will transfer as electives and some of the courses will articulate and apply toward major requirements. Students transferring with an AAS degree will be required to complete additional general education courses in order to complete a four-year degree.
New student’s intent on pursuing a degree program at the College should apply for Admission and take the Accuplacer test through one of the Assessment Centers located at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the Jordan Campus, or the South City Campus. Individuals interested in POST training should apply through the Criminal Justice and Institute for Public Safety Department located at Larry H. Miller Campus, 9750 South 300 West. Students will have to pass the National entrance exam, complete the online application and checklist. Students attending the Academy will have to complete the College Admissions process.
POST training is focused on training for entry-level Law Enforcement Officers. A significant portion of the training is hands-on and covers topics such as firearms, arrest and control techniques, and emergency vehicle operation. The complete program is 33 weeks in length and is available for credit or non-credit enrollment. The Criminal Justice program is academic based and broader in its focus covering additional areas such as Corrections and Security. It is also more in depth in its treatment of subjects. Although the program has a lot of practical application, it is not hands-on. Students completing POST training can receive 24 elective Criminal Justice credits. Note that only 15 elective hours are required for the Associate of Science Degree.
Matriculated Criminal Justice students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Eligible students may also receive assistance for the POST training if they are pursuing a Degree in Criminal Justice. Students who need assistance with the Financial Aid application can visit the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the Jordan Campus, or the South City Campus. The Salt Lake Community College also offers students a payment plan for tuition and copies of the application can be obtained from any Cashiering office or online.
Course work from accredited colleges and universities will generally transfer to Salt Lake Community College. Determination of the amount of credit to be transferred and the course equivalents at the College will be evaluated by the Transcript Office and the Criminal Justice Department. Prospective students should allow up to six weeks from the receipt of transcripts for evaluation.
As noted earlier, completion of POST training provides 24 hours of elective credits toward an Associate of Applied Science Degree or 24 hours of elective credit toward the Associate of Science Degree. If students have additional Criminal Justice related training, additional hours of elective credit may be possible and will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. To petition for credit, students should provide evidence of successful completion of training. The Criminal Justice Department will review the training and make the final determination.
The College catalog provides an outline of the course work required for the degree options, prerequisites for courses, descriptions of the courses, and the terms in which courses are offered. Once students have been admitted, they can receive assistance in planning their schedule from the Academic Advising Office, or from the Criminal Justice Department.
The College publishes its schedule of classes on an ongoing basis. The most current schedule for the College in general as well as the Criminal Justice program specifically is available at any Salt Lake Community College Campus, or online.
The Academic Advising Office can analyze a student's course work and determine readiness to graduate. In order to apply for graduation, students should complete and submit a graduation application and pay the fee to the Graduation Office. Graduation applications can be picked up from the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, or online. Students should check in with the Graduation Office one term prior to the term in which they plan to graduate.
As part of a state-wide cooperative agreement, Salt Lake Community College has made its campus available to other higher education institutions for delivery of selected course work. Students can complete a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University at the Larry H. Miller Campus. Those interested in a four-year degree can begin taking these courses after completing their AS Degree at the Salt Lake Community College.