Criminal Justice: Correctional Officer


The Criminal Justice curriculum contains a broad range of courses design to equip jailers and guards with the knowledge and understanding of inmate processing, maintaining order in the jail and invoking disciplinary measures when necessary. In addition, a jailer may also perform cell searches for drugs and other contraband, inspect the facility for cleanliness and stand guard during exercise periods. This training program, which may be completed over two trimesters, provides jailers and guards with knowledge of emergency procedures, mental health and first aid, defensive tactics and use of force, ethics and legal issues, investigations and personal development, among other items.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 8 Months
Clock Hours 864
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees $2,719.38
Textbook/Supplies Cost $493.73

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Correctional Officer Apprentice432Certificate
Master Correctional Officer864Certificate

Campus Locations

Main Campus
312 South Wilson Street
Paris, TN 38242

Job Duties

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 9,000

Current job openings per year: 820


First Trimester: 
Worker Characteristics
Tech Foundations
Ethics and Legal Issues
Defensive Tactics and Use of Force
Life Skills for Law Enforcement
Writing and Communication
Mental Health and First Aid
Emergenct Procedures
TN Corrections Institute Basic
Second Trimester: 
Worker Characterisitcs
Ethics and Legal Issues II
Defensive Tactics and Use of Force II
Personal Development
Writing and Communication II
Mental Health and First Aid II
In-Facility Experience
Incident Command Systems


David Johnson
Criminal Justice - Correction Officer Instructor

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