2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 College Catalog [Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

CJI Crime Scene Investigation, AAS

Purpose of AAS Degree

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed for employment purposes, and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. While some institutions do accept some courses in AAS Programs, the general rule is that courses in AAS degrees are not accepted in transfer toward bachelor’s degrees. Students to whom transfer is important should get assurances in writing in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

About This Degree

NPC Faculty Mentor: James Montgomery (James.Montgomery@np.edu) 501.760.4137 or John Kevin Day (John.Day@np.edu) 501.760.4216

  • The University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) provides education and advanced training in progressive areas of law enforcement to sworn law enforcement officers and individuals employed full-time by a law enforcement agency in a crime scene capacity. To successfully complete a program, students will be required to complete basic law enforcement training at an Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (ACLEST) accredited academy, take special courses through the Criminal Justice Institute, and general education courses through National Park College (NPC). NPC offers tuition waivers for certified law enforcement officers within Garland County.
  • Prerequisite courses and/or developmental courses may need to be taken in addition to this suggested plan of study.

CJI Information and Resources  

NPC Honors Program: The NPC Honors Program is accepting applications. Learn more about the NPC Honors Program.

CJI Courses - 30 Credit Hours

Crime Scene Investigation Certificate of Proficiency 12 credits
Crime Scene Investigation Technical Certificate 10 credits
Advanced Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program*** (63 contact hours) 4 credits

Advanced Crime Scene Special Topics (60 total contact hours needed)
(Number of contact hours noted in parentheses)

  • Advanced Management of Evidence and Recovered Property (14) or Comprehensive Management of Evidence and Recovered Property (21)
  • Bloodstain Pattern Anaylsis (40)
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction and Interpretation (28)
  • Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement (21)
  • Community, Culture, and Command Spanish (7)
  • Invesstigative Statement Analysis: The Truth is in the Lies (21)
  • Crime Scene Digital Photography and Imaging (28)
  • Firearms for Crime Scenes (24)

   Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Electives(40 maximum)

  • Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (28)
4 credits

**Courses to be approved by CJI’s Degree Program Committee (Director, Assistant Directors, Program Administrators). Degree Program will also be reviewed by the CJI Advisory Board annually. Courses may not be offered each fiscal year.

60 Credit Hours

See your NPC advisor for degree and graduation information​
* Denotes NPC courses included in the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)