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Corporations are continually concerned with loss prevention, risk management, and the safety and security of their businesses and employees. These trends have led to an increasing need for qualified security professionals in a variety of industries. At Kaplan University, you can study to earn a Private Security Certificate while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of online learning.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Private Security Certificate program: Kentucky and Missouri.
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This program provides you with the specialized knowledge necessary to seek employment in law enforcement, court systems, corrections, and private and corporate security.*
Certification can give you an edge when competing for jobs in private or corporate security and other areas of criminal justice. The Private Security Certificate may help you earn the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification or qualify for membership in the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).†
Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Sep 21, 2016
Online Start Date
Oct 19, 2016
Online Start Date
Nov 09, 2016
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
Total Program Credits: 53
Students are exempt from the prerequisite requirement for PA 310: Tort Law.
This course examines the administrative and operational aspects of modern corrections in the United States. The historical development of corrections; the philosophy of punishment and corrections; correctional institutions, programs, and services; and topics such as inmate rights and correctional staffing are examined. Contemporary issues, such as overcrowding and privatization, are also explored.
This course is designed to acquaint the
student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and
constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the
collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to
criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and
provide background in search and seizure and due process as they
relate to criminal justice practice.
This course explains the importance and legal
significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative
process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation
and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques
used during criminal investigations, such as photography,
interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and
how each applies to specific types of crimes.
This course examines the roles,
responsibilities, issues, and trends related to contemporary law
enforcement organizations. It also provides an in-depth look at
community policing, policing in selected foreign countries,
stress recognition and management, civil liability, public
expectations, and police careers.
This course provides an overview of the diverse field of crime prevention with a heavy emphasis on primary prevention and a minor focus on secondary and tertiary prevention. You will explore such elements of crime prevention as physical environmental design, the role of the community and the mass media, deterrence, community policing, school programs, drug abuse issues, and rehabilitation.
This course examines the constitutional
protection and due process afforded every person arrested in the
United States. It provides students with a thorough understanding
of the U.S. justice system from the time of arrest through the
sentencing of the criminal offender. In addition, this course
examines such matters as victims' rights and the effects of gangs
on the crime problem.
This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.
This course deals with concepts and theory in
the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the
historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of
motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.
Learn more about grants and Kaplan University Scholarships that may help reduce the cost of your education.
Kaplan University tuition reductions (including military servicemember, spouse, and veterans tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
* Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
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