Crime Scene Technician Certificate
Police and other law enforcement agencies depend on the expertise of professional crime scene technicians to uncover evidence that will stand up in a court of law. This meticulous process requires a keen eye, an analytical mind, and dedication to cracking the case. Purdue Global’s crime scene investigation training is designed to prepare graduates with the practical skills to succeed in this fascinating and challenging field.
Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program Highlights
When you enroll in the online Crime Scene Technician Certificate online program at Purdue Global, you can attend classes on your own schedule, any time of the day or night. Throughout your course of study, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of how to:
- Apply ethical investigative methods used in forensic science
- Observe minute details at the scene and relate them to the crime; visually identifying and describing persons, vehicles, and locations; and giving expert testimony about evidence in criminal court cases
- Oversee investigations of homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, home invasions, and burglaries
- Secure crime scenes through gathering, processing, photographing, and preserving evidence in support of law enforcement; and prepare written reports detailing the crime scene
Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
Qualified crime scene technicians can seek employment opportunities in the following*:
- Insurance companies
- Law enforcement agencies
- Large law firms
- Medical examiners' offices
What Courses Will I Take?
This crime scene technician certificate program is designed to offer a strong foundation in criminal investigation and the analytical procedures used in this dynamic field. Courses include:
- Criminal Investigation
- Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
- Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security
- Forensic Chemistry and Trace Evidence Analysis
- Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
- Major Credits41
- Total Credits41
Tuition and Fees
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.
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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Purdue Global's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.
†Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.