Criminal Justice

Ever wanted to make the world a safer place? You don’t have to be a superhero to do it!  Take on public safety challenges with a Criminal Justice Degree from Indian Hills!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall, Spring and Summer Terms
Length of Program 7 Terms (21 Months)
8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (A.A.)
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice (A.A.S)


When you get your criminal justice degree, it’s not just Life. Changing. for you. You can make a Life. Changing. difference for everyone around you, too!

So how will you make your mark? Will you advocate for victims? Counsel youth in correctional facilities? Serve as a fish and game warden? Piece together crimes as a detective or investigator? Patrol your community’s roads and highways as an officer? Analyze top secret intelligence for the CIA?

Wherever you choose to make your mark, Indian Hills will help you get there. First we immerse you in the basics and ethics of criminal justice and coach you into becoming a phenomenal communicator. From there, it’s time to dive into the procedures, investigations, psychology, technology and laws you’ll use every day.


What you will learn:
  • Criminal and case law
  • Use of force decision-making
  • Various hands-on applications
  • Proper use of firearms
  • Defensive tactics




Our Criminal Justice graduates uphold public safety. Check out some of the places you might find them working below! Are you ready to join them?

  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • United States Marshal’s Service
  • County Sheriff Departments
  • Local Police Departments
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • State Patrols
  • Agency Juvenile Shelters


Are you ready? Let’s do this! Check out the program details, download your background check form and send in your application. You’re on your way to a Life.Changing. career!

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Note: Please be aware that there are unique pre–employment qualifications for positions in this field, which may include passing extensive criminal and character background checks, physical requirements, polygraph testing, oral boards, drug screening, and/or other requirements pertinent to current hiring practices.

Download the Criminal Justice Background Check Forms

(Required as part of the admissions process)



You have the right to ask questions! Just ask our highly experienced Instructor or Program Director! Tim has the answers you need.

kingTim King, Program Director, Criminal Justice
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111, ext. 1839 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1839  

Tim has 28 years of police force experience, FBI National Academy training, and a degree in homeland security.