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New certificate in forensic investigation offered at Loyola

September 14, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Criminal Justice and Office of Professional and Continuing Studies have partnered with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to offer a new Certificate in Forensic Investigation. The non-credit program, available to members of the law enforcement community and college students interested in improving their qualifications and skills, is a great way to not only keep skills up-to-date on current applications of scientific methods and analyses, but also makes participants more sought after commodities to employers.

The certificate is a 20-unit continuing education program. Students are required to attend no less than 200 hours of instruction by attending five 40-hour seminars or the student may complete several short seminars ranging in length from 8-24 hours. Upon completion of each seminar the student will earn the equivalent continuing education units.

Upcoming seminars include “Crime Scene Investigation I: Documentation, Processing and Collection,” Oct. 15-19 and “Expert Witness Testimony for the Forensic Scientist,” Dec. 11-13. To register, contact the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies at 504-865-3530 or visit http://www.loyno.edu/professional-studies/certificate-programs.

Benefits include:

  • On-site instruction at the New Orleans campus allows participants to earn the certificate without leaving the region.
  • It is free for the practitioner, or the cost per-course is reduced. The participant should ask his/her employing agency about tuition reimbursement.
  • In the increasingly competitive job market, the program improves qualifications and makes participants more attractive to employers.
  • It enhances a degree already received for undergraduate education.
  • The practitioner can apply what he/she is learning right away. This not only benefits them, but the employing agency, as well.
  • It provides access to a number of resources received by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office post-Katrina and after congressional hearings on forensic science issues.

For more information, contact Melissa Lightell in the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies at 504-865-3530 or certificates@loyno.edu.

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