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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision | Evaluated Learning Experience

Practicum in Corrections

Location: 
New York State Department of Correctional Services penal facilities.
Length: 

Version 1: 160 hours (4 weeks) of supervised orientation. Version 2 and 3: 120 hours (3 weeks) of supervised orientation.

Dates: 

Version 1: December 1993 - December 2003. Version 2: January 2004 - June 2015. Version 3: July 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to apply corrections theory and technique to actual field experiences.

Instruction: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Under direct observation and supervision of a corrections officer, recruits perform all duties of a corrections officer, including inmate contact, carrying batons, performing frisks, cell searches, and bar checks, and writing misbehavior reports. Recruits are oriented to emergency procedures, key control, use of radio and personal alarms, rules and regulations, securing procedures, count procedures, log book entries, frisk policy, housekeeping, and inmate movement policies.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1 or 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as an Internship in Corrections in a Criminal Justice curriculum (12/98) (7/05 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours as an Internship in Corrections in a Criminal Justice curriculum (7/15 revalidation).

NOTE: The Recruit Training Program comprises 280 hours of instruction over 7 weeks (320 hours over 8 weeks since January 2004) and 160 hours of supervised on-the-job orientation over an additional 4 weeks (120 hours over 3 weeks since January 2004). Nine areas represent the academic and practical components of the curriculum that carry college credit recommendations. The hours listed for each area are approximate and may vary somewhat depending upon the needs of each class. The content covered and learning objectives achieved are similar with each administration. Recruits must complete the entire 11 week program to benefit from the credit recommendations. In addition, for certain areas (see Note at the end of specific exhibits), recruits must also complete a required probationary work period in order to qualify for the credit recommendation for that area.

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