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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.
At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the online Crime Scene Technician Certificate program: Kentucky and Missouri.
When you enroll in the Crime Scene Technician Certificate online program at Kaplan University, you can attend classes on your own schedule, any time of the day or night. Study to acquire the practical skills required to pursue a career in crime scene investigation, such as:
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Along with those just starting out, career-changers often choose to become crime scene technicians, transitioning from fields such as allied health, law, and science. Qualified crime scene technicians can seek employment opportunities in insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, laboratories, large law firms, and medical examiners' offices.*†
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.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Dec 07, 2016
Online and Campus Start Date
Jan 04, 2017
Online Start Date
Feb 01, 2017
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
Total Program Credits: 41
This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course explains the importance and legal
significance of evidence. It demonstrates how the investigative
process works, from crime scene preservation to case preparation
and courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques
used during criminal investigations, such as photography,
interviewing, evidence handling, and scene reconstruction, and
how each applies to specific types of crimes.
Total Program Credits: 41
This course provides the student with a
historical view of the science of fingerprints, as well as a look
at the struggle to develop a universal classification system. It
will discuss the basic fundamentals of the formation of friction
ridge skin and the functions of the different layers of human
skin. As the course explores the systematic approach to
processing crime scenes for latent fingerprints, the student will
experience hands-on fingerprint processing techniques. In
addition, various types of computer software and photography
equipment will be evaluated as latent print enhancement and
documentary tools. In summation, the course will delve into the
actual evaluation and comparison of latent prints, ending with a
discussion of the latent print examiner as an expert witness in
This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.
The course provides an introduction to
homeland security and the agency role in preparing national
security for threats of domestic and international terrorism.
This role ensures homeland security management and operational
assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of
this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how
the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses
domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able
to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner
perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this
knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security
management principles and practices.
course provides students with a general overview of crime scene techniques for
a basic understanding of how to process crime scenes. Students will also learn
the importance of evaluating and processing evidence in order to assist crime
This course enhances the student's
understanding of forensic science and its application to criminal
investigations. It examines the history and development of the
crime laboratory, forensic services provided to the law
enforcement community, and the function of the forensic
scientist. It provides an overview of the various types of
physical evidence commonly submitted to the forensic laboratory
for analysis. Students will explore how the forensic scientist
uses analytical instruments and microscopes to examine, identify,
and compare chemical and physical properties of suspected drug
and toxicology samples, and trace evidence (e.g., glass, soil,
metal, hair, fibers, paint, flammable liquids, and
This course deals with concepts and theory in
the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the
historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of
motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.
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Kaplan University tuition reductions (including military servicemember, spouse, and veterans tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined.
Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
* Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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