Career and Technical Studies


Certificate: Protective Services Technology with a major in Corrections


Two-semester (one-year) program


There is a growing community interest in developing adequate corrections facilities staffed with properly trained personnel.  The certificate program is designed for people who are preparing themselves to enter the field of corrections and to upgrade the professional ability of practitioners in corrections. 

Occupational Objectives: 

Local, State, and Federal Corrections Officers and advancement within the profession. 

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Corrections program requires a personal interview with a member of the faculty of the Administration of Justice major and  competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-2 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

Program Requirements:

For those persons wishing to improve their skills in the corrections field, the corrections curriculum provides the needed concentration of courses.  Students will be advised as to which courses are most applicable to their field of interest and upon successful completion of the two-semester curriculum will be awarded a Certificate in Protective Services Technology with a major in Corrections.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in one year.   

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 146 Adult Correctional Institutions 3 0 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3 0 3
ADJ 241 Correctional Law I 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
Elective1 Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3

Courses may be chosen from the following:  ECO 201, ECO 202, GEO 210, GEO 220, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 121, HIS 122, PLS 211, PLS 212, PSY 200, PSY 230, SOC 200, SOC 215.

Soc./Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18


WCC FacebookWCC TwitterWCC InstagramWCC LinkedInWCC YoutubeWytheville Community College on TikTok

Transparency in Procurement