2022-2023 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2022-2023 EGCC Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice with Police Academy Option, AAS

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The one-year program at EGCC will prepare the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test to qualify as a police officer in the state of Ohio. The one- year program, which consists of 33 credit hours of instruction, hands on training and physical conditioning, exceeds the minimum OPOTC curriculum requirements. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday from 5-10:30 p.m. with some weekend sessions. Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of the semester.

Eligibility Requirements

The first step in the application process is to determine program eligibility. The following guidelines established by OPOTC must be met in order to qualify for an “open enrollment” spot in the program (not sponsored by a police department).

  1. Citizen of the United States
  2. 18 years of age
  3. High school graduate or GED
  4. Possess a valid driver’s license
  5. No felony convictions. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged.
  6. No domestic violence convictions

Physical Standards

An integral part of the academy curriculum is physical fitness and subject control (Defensive Tactics). Police Academy students are required to pass minimum physical conditioning as determined by OPOTC. These include timed pushups and sit-ups, a 1.5-mile run and other agility standards.

Those students who fail to meet the physical conditioning standards by the end of the second semester will not be permitted to sit for the certification exam.


In addition to purchasing books the student will need the following equipment:

  1. Firearm/holster
  2. Handcuffs/case
  3. Gun belt
  4. Extra magazines/case
  5. Belt keepers
  6. Flashlight/holder

Students seeking alternate financing should see the academy commander.

Students that have already completed Police Academy/Law Enforcement training can submit documentation for possible credits toward this degree.

Criminal Justice with Police Academy Option

Recommended System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz or higher
    • RAM: 4 GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 100 GB or more
    • Graphics: DirectX9 or higher
    • Display: 720p
    • OS: Mac 10.14 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or higher
    • RAM: 8 GB or more
    • Hard Drive: 256 GB or more
    • Display: 1280x800 resolution or higher

Chromebooks are not recommended


Total Semester I Credit Hours: 13

Total Semester II Credit Hours: 12

Total Semester III Credit Hours: 12

Semester IV & V

Police Academy Program

Total Credits: 70

▲Student must obtain a letter grade of C or better to progress to graduation/certification

* Students not attending EGCC’s Police Academy can request a review of prior training and/or work experience to earn Prior Learning Credit. Further information on Prior Learning Assessments can be located here .

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