Start or Improve Your Career With Criminal Justice Courses in Chattanooga, TN

If you’re passionate about justice and want a career protecting and serving your community, Criminal Justice may be the right career for you.

In as little as 18 months, you could receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and start a career that makes a difference.

If you live in Chattanooga or the surrounding areas of Hixson, East Ridge, Jasper, Signal Mountain and Cleveland, read on to learn how Miller-Motte Technical College can help you get the credentials you need to land the job you want.

This Criminal Justice program is a Hybrid track program. What does this mean for you? You will take most of your coursework online with video, audio and text-based lessons and interactive discussion groups. You’ll then spend a few hours each week at the campus for face-to-face training. It’s the best of both worlds, for your convenience.


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What You’ll Learn during Your Criminal Justice Training

At Miller-Motte Technical College, we understand that classroom lectures alone can’t prepare students for a career. That’s why we provide a combination of classroom and hands-on learning opportunities to prepare students for the working world.

Here are a few of the Criminal Justice courses that you can take:

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: In this course the students will observe the principle issues in contemporary criminal justices as well as the future predictions. The students will focus on the three components of criminal justice, court, police and corrections; past, present and future. The students will also participate in analytical review and discussion at the local, state, federal and global levels of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health: This course will encompass an understanding of the broad categories of mental illness as well as the commonly abused substances both pharmaceutical and street drugs. Theories behind the use of such substances and the causes of mental illness as well as various treatment options for both will be explored. Finally, the class will address the challenge of working with on offender who has a dual diagnosis.
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice: This course focuses on ethical considerations that criminal justice professionals are likely to encounter in the field, especially off duty behavior, use of force and authority, profiling, corruption and conflicts of interest. The relationship between personal and public ethics is examined along with critical thinking skills to assist in finding solutions and making decisions.

Our Criminal Justice program not only provides students with career-focused courses, it also includes an externship to give students the opportunity to work in the field. The externship course at Miller-Motte Technical College allows students to network with professionals in their field, hone the skills they learned in the classroom and get a sense of the day-to-day tasks they’ll be faced with in the workforce.

Careers in Criminal Justice

With an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice you’ll be prepared for several career paths.* Our Criminal Justice program will provide you with a range of skills that allow you to pursue a broad range of positions including:

Court Clerk
Court Clerks make sure courtroom proceedings run smoothly. They communicate with attorneys and witnesses, prepare the docket, record court proceeding and much more. They also approve default judgments, send correspondences and prepare reports.

Correctional Officer and Jailer
Correctional Officers and Jailers transport suspects and criminals between jail and court. They also process new inmates and maintain order in jail by inspecting jail cells for drugs and weapons.

Security Guard
Security guards help keep the public safe and prevent loss and damage of property. They also monitor people and buildings, and prevent incidents such as theft, vandalism and fires. Security guards are found in almost every industry including retail and government.

*Note: This program is not intended to meet state requirements for a law enforcement officer or police officer.

Find Out More about Criminal Justice Training

Starting a new career has never been easier. All you have to do is speak to an Admissions Representative to get started. They’ll walk you through the application process and help you find the best financial aid options for those who qualify.

Call us 800.705.9182 to learn the next steps and get personalized assistance or click here to request information using our online form. 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, on the Internet at (visited August 24, 2015).