Criminal Justice

Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Criminal Justice program is recommended for students interested in a career in law enforcement, corrections, and private security. This two-year program provides six high school credits and 24 college credits from Rappahannock Community College. The college credits earned in Criminal Justice at Bridging Communites are transferable to RCC's Associate of Arts and Science Transfer Degree Program: Criminal Justice Specialization which is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice. Students may participate in SkillsUSA competition and will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials.

Many occupations in this Career Cluster require additional training and some have minimum age requirements. Annual Salaries for Criminal Justice occupations range from $25,000 to $76000.

Year 1 of Criminal Justice - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to a variety of criminal justice related careers. Students will study and explore historical and current role of the criminal justice system, understanding the rule of law, issues of safety, court procedures, communication skills, and juvenile justice. Students will earn three high school credits and 12 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Course:

  • 8702 - Criminal Justice I

College Courses:

  • ADJ 100 - Survey of Criminal Justice
  • ADJ 105 - Juvenile Justice
  • ADJ 201 - Criminology
  • ADJ 227 - Constitutional Law


  • Recommendation of School Counselor
  • Passing the English & Math VCCS placement tests
  • Enroll in Rappahannock Community College

VCCS Requirements:

  • Place into ENG 111 on the English Virginia Place
  • Pass unit 1 of the Math Virginia Placement Test

Year 2 of Criminal Justice - 12th Grade

The senior level class introduces students to concepts common in most criminal justice occupations. Students will learn application of law, crime scene investigation and evidence gathering techniques, traffic control, elements of force continuum, corrections, communication skills, and policy. Students will take the NOCTI Criminal Justice assessment. Students will earn three high school credits and 12 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Course:

  • 8703 - Criminal Justice II

College Courses:

  • ADJ 140 - Introduction to Corrections
  • ADJ 211 - Criminal Law, Evidence & Procedures
  • ADJ 236 - Principles of Criminal Investigation
  • ADJ 228 - Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs


  • Successful completion of Criminal Justice I with a grade of "C" or higher