Are you ready to be a role model and make a difference in people’s lives? Then a career in Corrections may be for you. In our two-year Corrections program, you’ll gain the required competencies through your courses and experiential learning opportunities in our specialized learning spaces to become exceptional candidates for a rewarding and challenging career in corrections.

Sharing a common first year with students in our Criminal Justice – Policing program, you will develop key competencies that are critical in corrections such as interpersonal communication, decision making, risk assessment and problem solving. In your second year, you will enhance your specialization skills relevant to corrections such as principles of behaviour change, along with other assessment skills. 

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Career Opportunities

At the end of the program, you'll be prepared for work throughout the criminal justice system in positions such as:

  • Federal Correctional Officer                                                               
  • Halfway House Counsellor                                                                 
  • Provincial Correctional Officer                                                           
  • Youth Worker
  • Victim Services Worker            

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50+ years

of delivering quality public safety education


state-of-the-art learning spaces: courtroom, crisis apartment, conflict resolution simulators and interviewing rooms

2 diplomas

can be earned in just over two years with our common first year for Criminal Justice – Policing and Correctional Studies programs



September and January (on campus or online), and May (online only)

Credential / Accreditation



2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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New students are accepted into the Correctional Studies program in the Fall (September) term for on-campus and online study. Students can also start in the Winter (January) or Spring (May) term for online study. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Medical Requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardiovascular system is suitable to undertake fitness-related exercise.

Athabasca University (pending review)

Graduates of the Correctional Studies diploma are eligible to receive up to 60 credits towards Athabasca University's Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) in Human Services, Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) in Criminal Justice or, Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management.

Griffith University, Australia (pending review)

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Correctional Studies diploma are eligible to receive transfer credit toward the completion of a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Australia. For more information, visit

Lethbridge College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Correctional Studies diploma who choose to enter the Bachelor of Applied Arts - Justice Studies degree program at Lethbridge College will get two full years of credit towards the degree. Courses are provided on campus or through distributed/online learning. Details regarding this program can be found in this calendar and on the Lethbridge College website.

Royal Roads University

Lethbridge College's Correctional Studies diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for full block transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University. For more information, please visit

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals.   WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Correctional Studies program is available through on-campus delivery, which may include some blended delivery components, as well as a fully online delivery.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.


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Year 1
Term I
CJP-1159 Ethics and Critical Thought 3
CJP-1160 Introduction to Criminal Justice System 3
COM-1165 Public Safety Communications/Interpersonal Relations 3
ENG-1150 Composition 3
LAW-1177 Procedural Law in Canada 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
Term II
CJP-1185 Diverse Populations in Public Safety 3
CJP-1157 Preliminary Response and Investigation 3
CJP-1177 Applied English & Public Safety Writing 3
COR-1180 Youth in the Justice System 3
LAW-1178 Criminal and Correctional Offences 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
Year 2
Term I
CJP-2281 Conflict Management 3
COR-2253 Correctional Classification 3
PED-1190 Fitness & Lifestyles in Public Safety I 3
SOC-2255 Complex Correctional Populations 3
SOC-2290 Addictions and Mental Health in Justice 3
Approved Elective 3
Term II
CJP-2278 Criminology 3
CJP-2287 Strategies in Crisis Situations 3
COR-2277 Corrections Administration 3
COR-2295 Correctional Case Work and Practices 3
Approved Elective 3
 Total Credits69
Approved Electives

To fulfill elective requirements, choose one elective from List A and one elective from List B or two electives from List B.

List A - Specialized Electives
Course Title Credits
CJP-2280Introduction to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement3
CJP-2294Specialized Policing3
CJP-2296Career Preparation for Public Safety3
COR-2262Drugs in Corrections3
FWK-2280Field Work Practicum3
List B - Breadth Electives
Course Title Credits
ANT-1195Cultural Anthropology3
ANT-2295Anthropology of Gender3
ARK-1165Introduction Into Archaeology3
BIO-1160Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO-1169Structural Human Anatomy3
BLK-1151Blackfoot Language I3
BLK-2251Blackfoot Language II3
BUS-1166Business Law3
BUS-1170Introduction to Management3
BUS-2278Industrial and Labour Relations3
ENG-1190Introduction to Language and Literature3
HUM-1158Creative Problem-Solving3
HUM-1180Introduction to World Religions3
HUM-1190Popular Culture3
INS-1150Exploring Indigenous Perspectives3
INS-1155Introduction to Indigenous Studies3
PSC-1150Local Government3
PSC-1161Introduction to Politics3
PSC-1165Canadian Government3
PSY-1170Human Development Across the Lifespan3
PSY-1177Psychology of Aging3
PSY-1179Adolescent Development3
PSY-2253Child Psychopathology3
PSY-2260Abnormal Psychology3
PSY-2270Introduction to Personality Theory3
PSY-2275Introduction to Forensic Psychology3
PSY-2280Social Psychology3
PSY-2290Brain and Behaviour3
SOC-1167Sociology of Aging3
SOC-2260Social Problems3
SPN-1150Introductory Spanish3
SPN-1151Introductory Spanish II3
VXR-1150Introduction to Immersive Technology3
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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