Earn your A.S. and continue with your bachelor's degree at SPC

Our flexible Associate in Science Degree in Public Safety gives you a foundation in public safety and an education credential if you want to move up in your career. You choose your specialty based on your interests or experience. 

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for United States

2022 Employment

24,500

2032

25,300

Percent Change

3

Projected Job Openings

2300

Our Associate in Science degree in Public Safety teaches you:

  • The nature and principles of the criminal justice system
  • Criminal investigation procedure
  • Juvenile delinquency issues
  • Law enforcement administration and operations
  • The fields of corrections and criminal law
  • Rules of evidence

Public Safety Associate in Science

CJPSS-AS
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

***THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ADMITTING STUDENTS INTO THE CROSS DISCIPLINE (CRJ) SUBPLAN OR CORRECTIONS (COR) SUBPLAN. LAST ADMISSION TERM FOR THESE SUBPLANS IS SUMMER 2023 (620).***

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. The goal of this program is to prepare the student with a diverse background in the history, philosophy, organization and operation of the various arenas of public safety and their respective processes. The flexibility of this degree is that the student is allowed to select an option/sub plan and still be able to receive a well rounded foundation of the public safety field. The Associate in Science degree program allows students to not only graduate with an AS degree, but also be able to meet the entrance requirements to continue the BAS degree in Public Safety Administration.

Graduation Requirements

A grade of “C” or better in all designated major and support courses in this program. 

Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Michael Hughes
Program Chair
Hughes.Michael@spcollege.edu
727.341.4146
Susan Demers
Dean
Demers.Susan@spcollege.edu

Florida CIP Code

1743010302 - Criminal Justice Technology

Federal CIP Code

43.0103 - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

Your public safety academy training applies to this degree

If you have completed SPC's Law Enforcement Training Academy, you can earn academic credit towards our Associate in Science Degree in Public Safety.

Please NOTE: This program does not prepare you for certification as a Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Probation Officer, Auxiliary Correctional Officer or Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer. You must successfully complete a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Program, such as one of SPC's training academies, to become a certified officer through FDLE.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Public Safety A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

Public Safety Specialized Training

If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options for Advanced and Short-Term Training for public safety professionals.

Criminal Justice Technology A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

Download Program Admission Guide