Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice

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The Law Enforcement (formerly Police Science) A.A.S. degree prepares students for careers in law enforcement, private security and crime scene investigation. The Police Administration concentration provides the education required for entry-level law enforcement personnel. Students are trained in criminal law, contraband, national security, interrogation, defense tactics, surveillance, and firearms usage. The Crime Scene Investigation concentration emphasizes skill development in evidence collection, analysis, logic and reasoning, lab procedures, forensics, and critical thinking.

Need to enter the job market quickly?
The Law Enforcement Technical Certificate (formerly Police Administration) program offers police academy preparation for students pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Planning to earn a Bachelor's degree?
Criminal Justice A.A. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Criminal Justice A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTP information. View TTP video

Police Science Academy

This 15-week program fulfills all the training goals of a certified law enforcement academy. Students receive 428 hours of intense police training. All instruction is provided by current police instructors or experts in the police field. Individuals with ambitions to become a Law Enforcement Officer or anyone currently serving in a security capacity will benefit from the hands-on training.

Successful completion of this program will earn the student 24 semester hours which can be applied toward an A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement. All courses are corequisite. Candidates for the Academy are advised to prepare themselves physically prior to beginning classes. Certain physical standards must be met in order to graduate. A medical evaluation is mandatory prior to entering the program. All instructional and classroom materials are provided. Expenses will include tuition, a mandated uniform, a firearm plus ammunition, and physical training attire.

Academy Contact Information:
Brad Corcoran, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-916-5875
Southeast Campus, Room 1507
Map to Southeast Campus


Program Mission

The mission of the Law Enforcement program is to present students with the best technical career education possible. The success of our mission is contingent upon constant reinforcement, support, trust and input from the Middle Tennessee Law Enforcement and Corrections Community.

Achieving Law Enforcement program goals requires the highest standards of honesty, integrity and morality in every action between and with the students and agencies we serve. Within individual areas of instruction, we commit to constantly seek and achieve the highest level of excellence.

The Law Enforcement program of Nashville State Community College subscribes to the principle of identifying, developing and meeting the educational and training needs of our students.

Program Faculty

Brad Corcoran, Assistant Professor, Southeast Campus, 615-916-5875
Brad CorcoranBrad Corcoran is an Assistant Professor for Nashville State's Police Administration, Crime Scene Investigation, and Criminal Justice programs. He also coordinates the Police Science Academy at Nashville State. He is the founder and president of the Criminal Investigation Forensic Resources Group as well as a private investigator, State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, License Number 6968. He served for 25 years with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department as a Patrol Officer with four years in Field Operations, nine years as a Crime Scene Investigator—Technical Investigations Unit, and twelve years as a Homicide Detective in the Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit. He serves as an expert witness in Davidson County Criminal, Circuit, and Juvenile Courts. In 2005 he was awarded Investigator of the Year by the Metropolitan Police Department in Field Operations, as well as Distinguished Expert, Small Bore; Master, High-power Rifle; Distinguished Expert, Pistol; and Texas State High-power Champion, Palma, Expert Classification, 1985.

A.S. Management, Temple Jr. College, 1986
B.S. Management, Trevecca University, 1991
M.P.A., Criminal Investigation, City University Bellevue Washington, 1998
POST Certified Police Officer, State of Tennessee, 1986–2009

Robert Overall, Assistant Professor, Southeast Campus, 615-916-5876

A.S. Business Data Processing, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1988
B.A. Management, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1993
B.S. Criminal Justice, Tennessee State University, 1994
M.C.J. Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, 2001
A+ Certification, POST Certification
CPP Certified Computer Forensics Examiner, 2005



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Contact Information

NSCC Southeast Campus (map)
Office: Room 1507
Phone: 615-916-5872

Brad Corcoran, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-916-5875

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

Law Enforcement A.A.S. Concentrations
Police Administration
Crime Scene Investigation

Technical Certificate
Law Enforcement

Tennessee Transfer Pathways
Criminal Justice A.A. Degree
Criminal Justice A.S. Degree

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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