Criminal Justice | BCTC

Criminal Justice

  • Go to 
  • Click "NOCTI End of Program Computer Based Tests"
  • Click "Job Ready Assessments"
  • Click "Law, Public Safety, and Security"
  • Click "Criminal Justice - NOCTI"
  • Click "How to Register" for additional information on registration.
  • Online technical support is available through the following email links:;; and 
  • Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the test date for most
    tests (5 weeks for NOCTI end-of-program paper tests)
  • Seats are limited, so register early
  • Refunds are not issued
  • Carefully read student acknowledgements
  • Print, read and bring confirmation e-mail to test

Directions and information:

When entering Lexington from any major highway, look for signs leading to Kentucky Highway 4 (New Circle Road). From New Circle Road 4, take Exit 7 for Leestown Road. You will see a sign for Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) at the end of the exit ramp directing you to turn away from town. At the first traffic
light, turn left onto Opportunity Way. You will pass Leestown Middle School on the left. Opportunity Way leads directly to Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus. Free parking is available in student or unmetered visitor parking areas.

Enter Building C (the circular shaped building with the American flag) through the glass doors. Turn left at the reception desk and left at every opportunity until you reach Workforce Solutions Assessment Center in the North Wing, room N-110 (last room on the left). If you are testing on a Saturday (or if you prefer the alternate way to access room N-110), you may directly enter the North Wing (first building on the left), go to up the stairs, enter through the fire door, and N-110 will be the first room on the right. Handicap parking is available at the rear of building N and at other locations on campus. If you enter at the rear of building N, just go straight down the hall and room N-110 is the last room on the left. For additional assistance, call 859-246-6669.

For your comfort, please consider dressing in layers.

Please do not bring unapproved personal items into the test center. e.g.: phones; watches; electronics; drinks; caps.

Severe Weather Information: It is the policy of BCTC to keep all offices open and classes in session as scheduled. The most up-to date information can be obtained through: our info line 859-246-4636; or our homepage BCTC closures will be implemented on a campus/site by campus/site basis depending on weather conditions in each city and campus/site location. In the event
such an announcement becomes necessary, messages will be issued on the BCTC website and the BCTC phone line announcing the name of the campus/site and the closing or delay message. The Workforce Solutions Assessment & Testing Center is located on the Leestown Campus. Please exercise discretion and understand that personal safety is an individual decision.

Workforce Solutions Assessment & Testing Center 
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Leestown Campus, Building N, Room N110
Phone: 859-246-6669

Program Details

The criminal justice system has evolved greatly in recent years. No longer can applicants with minimal job skills expect to be hired. Today's successful candidates must understand and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the profession and pass measurable performance standards. Students in the Bluegrass Community and Technical College program receive this advanced instruction as part of their required coursework.

The Criminal Justice (CRJ) degree curriculum offers students a strong academic program which includes courses relating to human behavior, government, communications, theories in policing, corrections, and issues and ethical considerations pertaining to practitioners within the criminal justice system.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to seek job opportunities at municipal, county, state, and the federal level. Those completing the degree requirements are not restricted to government work. Many industries and other private companies now employ qualified professionals who are skilled in security and loss prevention.

Sample Schedule for Completion (For A.A.S. Degree):

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Writing I
  • Computer Literacy or General Education Elective
  • Quantitative Course
  • American Government or State Government
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Writing II
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communications or Basic Public Speaking
  • Natural Science Course
  • Issues & Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Criminal Law
  • General Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Heritage/Humanities
  • CRJ Track Electives (from list for applicable track)
  • CRJ Track Electives
  • CRJ Track Electives
  • Technical Elective
  • Elective

The Criminal Justice Degree has four tracks: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Security and Loss Prevention. These tracks require additional CRJ courses as follows: Law Enforcement Track (Introduction to Law Enforcement), Corrections Track (Introduction to Corrections) and Security and Loss Prevention (Principles of Asset Protection).

Certificate Programs:

We also offer Certificates in the areas of Criminal Justice Core, Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Security and Loss Prevention. Each certificate requires 15 hours of course work. These certificates are great for those students who may already be employed in the field and are looking to enhance their knowledge for promotion etc, but don't want to commit to an entire degree program.

Career Opportunities:

BCTC's Criminal Justice program prepares its graduates for entry level positions in policing, corrections, and related occupations within the criminal justice system. With experience, Criminal Justice graduates may also advance into administrative or supervisory positions in policing, corrections, security and loss prevention, or other components of the criminal justice system.

The field of criminal justice offers a wide range of specialties and areas of emphasis that all share with one common objective -- to assure the safety of people and property. Many professionals within the criminal justice field are servants to the public, providing safety, information, and rehabilitation services to others. The world continues to unite though global connections and the use of technology within government and law enforcement systems. As this communication increases, so will the opportunities for graduates of the Criminal Justice Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.


Currently, background checks are not required for students in the Criminal Justice program. However, students should understand that certain factors, such as felony convictions, substance abuse, and excessive traffic related offenses, may disqualify applicants from employment in the criminal justice field. Students seeking employment in criminal justice should research the requirements and disqualifies of their desired areas or agencies of employment.