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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.
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:
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 applying for admission to the Crime Scene Technician Certificate program should possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and/or work experience in the field of criminal justice within 18 months of application to the program.Students who do not possess either, but who feel qualified to enter this program, may be admitted at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.Students will be required to provide an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) and/or a resume at the time of enrollment and thus attest to fulfilling the requirements. If at any time this proves to be false or untrue, the student will be removed from the program.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Campus and Online Start Date
Jan 08, 2014
Online Start Date
Jan 29, 2014
Online Start Date
Feb 26, 2014
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: 44
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.
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: 44
This course explores the trial process, the
definitions and types of evidence, and proof. Students will learn
about trial proceedings and the role of the prosecutor and
defense counsel. They will gain a thorough understanding of the
different types of evidence, including real or physical evidence,
testimonial evidence, documentary evidence, and demonstrative
evidence. They will also study constitutional concepts such as
the Exclusionary Rule, search and seizure, and
CJ 101; CJ 140 recommended
This course provides the student with
introductory knowledge of crime scene photography. The course
will cover the fundamentals of photography, as well as
photography's application to law enforcement. The course examines
the mechanics of a camera, the methodology of photography at
crime scenes, advances in digital photography and image
enhancement, videography, and recent court decisions regarding
the admissibility of photographic evidence in
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
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
In this course, students will explore
historical serological and modern DNA techniques used to examine,
identify, and compare types of biological evidence. This course
will enhance the student's understanding of how forensic
scientists examine and compare types of impression evidence. This
course also provides an overview of other forensic science
disciplines, including document examination, voice
identification, and the recent field of computer
In this course, students will engage in an
independent, directed-studies project focused on a
student-submitted topic of inquiry. The student will select a
project or topic for inquiry which is of interest and relevant to
her/his professional goals.
A minimum of 30 quarter credit hours of
criminal justice coursework completed
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* Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.