Basic Corrections


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This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Corrections program is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of corrections. The courses are designed to prepare students with the skills needed to meet the challenges of working in a correctional facility. Courses cover the topics of inmate management techniques, ethics and professionalism, conflict and crisis management skills in addition to security procedures and weapons training.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Basic Corrections (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Admissions criteria

This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe policies and guidelines with respect to professionalism and ethics within the correctional system.
  2. List and describe the types of lawsuits inmates can file against employees and/or institutions and discuss ways to avoid liability.
  3. State the legal obligations regarding use of force, the need for well-documented use of force, and the legal standards for reasonable and necessary use of force.
  4. Recognize the parameters for use of force, use of deadly force, use of chemical agents and mechanical restraints, and use of interpersonal communication skills in controlling crisis situations.
  5. Identify situations in which inmates have a right to protection, based on the constitution, court cases, and state statutes and agency rules.
  6. Describe the essential elements for effective interactions with inmates.
  7. Demonstrate basic shooting and safety principles of weapons used by correctional officers.
  8. Summarize regulations and procedures regarding inmates' personal property.
  9. Explain control procedures for dealing with inmates.
  10. Conduct various types of searches, including a cell search, pat search, wand search and strip search.
  11. Recognize visual and verbal clues to assess the nature and extent of a potential crisis situation and to determine a course of action.
  12. Explain responsibilities of the correctional system staff with regards to medical and mental health of inmates.
  13. Describe components and benefits of an active physical training program.
  14. Describe procedures and techniques for using necessary legal self-defense.
  15. Demonstrate the principles of self-defense.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
LET160 Correctional System Ethics And Professionalism Critical course Gateway course 1
LET162 Introduction to Inmate Management 3
LET164 Correctional Information Systems 1
LET166 Correction Officers Safety and Weapons Training 2
LET168 Inmate Security Procedures I 2
LET169 Inmate Security Procedures II 3
LET170 Security, Custody and Control Procedures 2
LET172 Conflict And Crisis Management 2
LET176 Medical and Mental Health 2
LET178 Physical Fitness And Self Defense Training 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

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