Credit for Prior Learning in CJ & Public Safety

BHCC recognizes many of our students come to us with previous work and education experiences. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Department offers a variety of ways for students to use prior experience to earn credits toward degrees. The information below highlights some of the available opportunities. Please visit Credit for Prior Learning for more information about how to submit your information to earn credits.

Chapter 74 Articulation 

Students attending Chapter 74 Vocational Technical High Schools may be eligible to earn credits in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Department.

High School Chapter 74 Program

Articulated Courses

Criminal Justice

CRJ-117 Street Law 

To be eligible for Chapter 74 credit, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete high school courses from an eligible Massachusetts Vocational/Technical High School from the programs listed above with a final grade of B (80 percent) or better.
  • Graduate from high school with a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 (‘C’) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be accepted into a degree or certificate program at BHCC within two years of high school graduation.
  • Submit official High School transcripts to the Admissions office at BHCC.

For more information about transferring vocational/technical high school coursework, please contact

Professional Credentials 

Professional Credential

Articulated Course(s)

Fire Fighter I/II Certified Firefighters

FPS-111 The Fire Service, this Century & Next

HazMat – IAFF Technician (160 hours)

FPS-125 Hazardous Materials Chemistry

EMT or Paramedic Certification

EMT-103 Emergency Medical Technician

Lieutenants Exam or Fire Officer I Certification

FPS-107 Fire Company Officership

Massachusetts Police Academy Graduate

CRJ-003 CJ Elective

Massachusetts Corrections Academy Graduate

CRJ-003 CJ Elective