Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Q: Are both Ottawa University and Rio Salado College accredited institutions?
A: Yes. Both Ottawa University and Rio Salado College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and are members of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2054. Phone (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org. The North Central Association of College and Schools is the largest of the six regional accreditation bodies in the United States.
Q: What is the advantage of taking as many of these courses by distance learning as possible?
A: The advantage, particularly to police practitioners, is that these courses are self-paced, can be taken at your discretion and at a time and place that best serves you as the student.
For information on Ottawa University’s BA Program, call (602) 335-9905 or toll free at 1-888-710-0014. You may also e-mail questions to: PoliceScience.firstname.lastname@example.org
Q:You have or are working toward your AAS degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado College.
A:If you have your degree, you may enroll immediately in the Ottawa University program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Police Science. Those who have graduated from a Rio Salado-affiliated police academy can choose to complete their Associate and Baccalaureate requirements simultaneously. Contact Police Science Advising for more information.
Q:You hold an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree from another accredited college or university.
A:As soon as your transcripts have been received and evaluated, you may enroll immediately in the Ottawa University program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement Administration. Contact Police Science Advising.
Q:You are a graduate of a non-Rio affiliated academy, and are interested in credit by examination for your academy studies.
Ask Police Science Advising about credit by examination.
Q:You have not completed any college coursework, but are interested in a career in law enforcement.
A:Rio Salado College offers online course work that is equivalent to the coursework taught at law enforcement academies across the nation. You may also want to begin work on the general education courses required for the AAS degree until you become eligible to enter a law enforcement academy or complete the law enforcement related online coursework. Once you have certain basic general education coursework completed, you can begin taking baccalaureate coursework. Click here for program requirements. You will need transcripts of any coursework you have completed, and you will need to discuss this with Police Science Advising.
Q:You have substantial credits toward a degree program in another field and/or at another college or university.
A:You may be eligible to enter into the Law Enforcement Administration Degree program immediately. You will need transcripts of the work you have completed, and you will need to discuss this with Police Science Advising.