Studies in Criminology are intended to prepare students for entry-level employment positions and for continued studies in academic and professional programs. Relevant areas of work and additional education include corrections, criminology, criminal justice, forensic studies, and law enforcement.
The Bridge Certificate is a one-year credential designed to help students make a successful transition into the university-level study of Criminology. This Certificate provides a formal option for students who may need to upgrade their academic skills before becoming immersed in more advanced course work.
The Criminology Bridging Certificate consists of selected Career and College Preparation (CCP) courses that emphasize critical thinking, written and verbal communication, the ability to process complex information, and social awareness. The Certificate also includes two university-level Criminology courses.
Completion of the Bridge Certificate simultaneously permits students who have not graduated from high school to obtain the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (the Adult Dogwood), as well as meeting all program admission criteria for the University Arts and Sciences Certificate in Criminology; however, the prerequisite for 100-level English courses must still be met.
By taking a planned combination of NLC courses, students eventually may gain entry-level employment in or prepare for continued study in the following fields: Lawyer, Sheriff, Police Officer, Correctional Services, Parole Officer, Probation Officer, Border Services, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, or Detachment Clerk.
Location: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge campuses
Length: 40 weeks
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
- 17 years of age or older and out of school for at least one year, or by special arrangement with the School District
- The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans.
- Tuition fees are applicable for the University Arts and Sciences courses; tuition is free for Career and College Preparation courses.
- To be placed in the most appropriate program level, students should submit British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent. Students may undergo informal Math and Writing Assessments, or a conversation with an instructor
- Required courses and electives may be taken in any sequence; below, however, courses have been grouped into sample terms or semesters.
- An Advanced Level Math course (050) is required for students simultaneously pursuing the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (the Adult Dogwood).
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Program Contact: Kristina Van De Walle
Semester 1 (Fall)
Semester 2 (Winter)
List of Electives (some courses may not be available on all campuses)