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Schools with ACT 120 Classes and Training Programs

Dec 09, 2019

For those living in Pennsylvania interested in becoming police officers, the Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy (ACT 120) program is the typical route to take. A number of schools and training centers in Pennsylvania offer the ACT 120 program as an option to students; read on for more information on selecting a school with this program.

The Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy is certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). According to the MPOETC website, 25 schools and training centers in Pennsylvania are certified to provide ACT 120 training (www.mpoetc.state.pa.us).

10 ACT 120 Schools

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*
Community College of Beaver County Monaca, PA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate $5,970 in-district; $11,430 in-state; $16,890 out-of-state
Delaware County Community College Media, PA 2-year, Public Certificate $5,520 in-district; $9,390 in-state
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center Johnstown, PA <2-year, Public Diploma $4,782
Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA 2-year, Public Associate $6,683 in-district; $7,935 in-state; $9,435 out-of-state
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA 4-year, Public Certificate $12,979 in-state; $18,730 out-of-state
Lackawanna College Scranton, PA 2-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $15,660
Mansfield University Mansfield, PA 4-year, Public Certificate $12,330 in-state; $22,030 out-of-state
Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA 2-year, Public Diploma $5,730 in district; $10,350 in-state
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Public Certificate $16,970 in-state; $29,066 out-of-state
Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA 2-year, Public Certificate $5,214 in-district;; $9,348 in-state; $13,338 out-of-state

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Criteria for selecting an ACT 120

Consider the following when choosing an ACT 120 program school:

  • Smaller towns will have programs available; however, look into applying in larger cities, where there is a greater need for officers.
  • Consider applying to one of the 11 colleges or universities with an ACT 120 program if you are interested in receiving college credit and possibly continuing your education in a field such as law or criminal justice.
  • Most ACT 120 programs offer a full-time or part-time option with evening and weekend classes.
  • Some schools offer financial aid for the training program, while others typically offer a payment plan.

ACT 120 Certification Program Overview

ACT 120 is a 750-hour program that can be taken at a cooperating university or a police department training center and can be completed in five months. After completing the ACT 120 training program, students are prepared to find employment with a Pennsylvania police department. Some of the classes can be taken for college credit.

ACT 120 prepares students for a life in the police force and many colleges and universities have certification programs. If considering a career in a criminal justice or law, attending a college or university may provide the best overall experience.

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