Criminal Justice

Fast-Track Program

The Criminal Justice Technical Certificate fast-track program is an accelerated version of the 18 credit-hour Criminal Justice Technical Certificate program. This fast-paced version allows students to complete the curriculum in one semester. It focuses on law enforcement, homeland security, corrections, investigations, and the judicial system. Nine units will be completed in the first seven-week session. The last nine units will be completed in the second seven-week session. For students looking to quickly gain an edge in the job market, a certificate holder makes for a stronger candidate than someone with just a high school diploma. For students who want to pursue a criminal justice degree, the technical certificate courses can be applied towards a two-year associate's degree.

Students should be prepared for the academic rigor and time commitment of an accelerated program. The Fast-Track technical certificate program is one semester of intensive class work. There will be extra tutoring and support throughout the semester, not just available, but required if students are falling behind. Students who do not agree to the counseling and tutoring support can still take many of the classes as normal credit courses, just not in the Fast-Track format. The students attend classes three days a week, seven hours a day, as one group, and will stay together for the entire semester.

The Fast-Track program makes it easier for students, by providing one-stop registration for the classes and ease in buying books all at a pre-packaged price. New students will need to apply to the College first. Interested students can find lots of information about this program below. If you have questions you can contact Criminal Justice Instructor James Brown by phone at (615) 230-3787 by email at or in person in room 101F of the Maddox building.

Purpose and Rationale

The Criminal Justice Technical Certificate fast-track program is "nested" within the Criminal Justice Department programs; including the traditional Criminal Justice Technical Certificate, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree, and the Associate of Science (AS) Degree. Students who complete Criminal Justice Technical Certificate program have the opportunity to continue their studies on a path towards an AAS Degree or AS Degree in Criminal Justice. However, completing the Criminal Justice Technical Certificate would enhance a student's employment profile. The accelerated program allows students to achieve an important competitive edge in the shortest possible time.

Methods of Instruction

This unique program is intended to have the classes for the entire semester taught by a minimum number of instructors. This will allow for program and instructional continuity, less repetition, improved teacher-student relationships, field trip coordination, and cohesion within the My Vol State Online Classroom environment.

The instructional methods for these courses will consist of traditional and non-traditional methods; including lecture-discussion, guest speaker(s), field trip(s), small group projects, current events, and other methods as prescribed by the instructors. The instructors will lead the discussions and lectures and act as facilitators. However, dialogue and participation are required from all students and will count towards students' participation grades throughout the program.

Course Descriptions

Schedule of Courses

First Seven-Week Session
Course Description Units Day Hours
CRMJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 M 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM
CRMJ 1020 Introduction to the Legal Process 3 W 8:00 AM ~3:15 PM
CRMJ 2010 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 F 8:00 AM ~3:15 PM
Second Seven-Week Session
Course Description Units Day Hours
CRMJ 1030 Understanding Terrorism 3 M 8:00 AM ~3:15 PM
CRMJ 1040 Criminal Investigation 3 W 8:00 AM ~3:15 PM
CRMJ 2020 Introduction to Corrections 3 F 8:00 AM ~3:15 PM

Students will be permitted rest breaks and a 45-minute lunch.

Attendance Policy

Due to the academic rigor and fast-paced nature of the program, students are strongly encouraged to attend all scheduled meetings. Students are permitted two absences per course, during each seven-week session. However, students will be required to complete make-up work for classes missed by using the My Vol State Online Classroom. Each additional absence will result in the student's grade being reduced one letter grade. If a student misses four or more class sessions within a course, the student will voluntarily withdraw from the course or receive an F. Students are responsible for all class information in the event of an absence.

Tardiness Policy

Students who are continually tardy or attend partial class meetings may be required to complete make up work at the discretion of the instructor. Partial absences and/or substantial hours missed may total one or more course absence per attendance policy.


The evaluation methods for each course in the program will consist of classroom participation, presentation of a current event, critical thinking and problem solving exercises, report/project writing assignments, examinations, and quizzes. The quizzes and exams may include multiple choice, essay, short essay, fill-in, true-false questions, or other testing methodologies as prescribed by the instructor. Each course will also require a presentation project. The Terrorism and Homeland Security course will require a research paper in addition to a presentation.


If you have questions you can contact Criminal Justice Instructor James Brown by phone at (615) 230-3787 by email at or in person in room 101F of the Maddox building.