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120 hours of coursework
in 16 months

Earn AND Learn WITH

BCTC and University of the Cumberlands

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Become an academy trained law enforcement officer while earning your bachelors degree with a new program offered through a partnership between Bluegrass Community and Technical College and University of the Cumberlands. The new 2+2 partnership agreement will grant you 120 hours of coursework in 16 months.

How does it work?

1. Begin your law enforcement career and enter the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.docjt.ky.gov/basic">DOCJT basic law enforcement training program</a>

The Department of Criminal Justice Training Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy is a 20-week course. During the academy students will identify, discuss and demonstrate learning in many areas of performance. To attend any of DOCJT’s academies, students MUST be employed by a law enforcement or public safety dispatch organization. Anyone interested in attending the academy must first be hired by a department, who will then enroll the student in the academy.

45 credit hours of coursework will be earned here.

2. At the same time, <a target="_blank" href="https://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/education-training/program-finder/general-occupational-technical-studies.aspx">BCTC</a> can guide you on the path to simultaneously earn 15 college credits in their General Occupational Technical Studies Degree

The Associate in Applied Science degree in General Occupational Technical Studies provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs. This program has an individualized program that provides a flexible curriculum that can be designed to meet specifics student and workplace needs. It also has degree completion that provides a structure through which credit may be granted for significant prior learning experiences in occupational/technical areas.

3. Your 60 hours of law enforcement work can be adapted into University of the Cumberlands

Your 60 hours of BCTC/DOCJT training and coursework can be adapted into University of the Cumberlands 100 percent online Bachelors of Applied Science degree program in Criminal Justice. Courses cost only $199 per credit hour – among the most affordable tuition of any criminal justice program in the state. You can earn while you learn, maintaining your law enforcement career and completing your bachelors degree on your own schedule.

Transferring is easy with this new agreement.

    Hours Earned
DOCJT Law Enforcement Academy 45
BCTC logo BCTC General Education Courses + 15
AAS Degree = 60 Hours
University of the Cumberlands logo Cumberlands General Education Courses + 15
Cumberlands Criminal Justice Courses + 45
BAS Degree in Criminal Justice = 120 Hours

For more information

Please contact:

Office of Graduate & Online Admissions
Phone: 606.539.4390
Email: gradadm@ucumberlands.edu