The Certificate in Forensic Science Investigation is a non-credit certificate program offered jointly from the Office of Professional & Continuing Studies, the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office (JPSO). The certificate is a 20 unit continuing education program. To receive the Certificate in Forensic Science Investigation, 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.
Students can also choose to complete specific courses without earning the full Forensic Science Investigation certificate. Upon completion of each seminar the student will earn the equivalent CEUs.
The Certificate in Forensic Investigation is available to practitioners or members of the law enforcement community and college students who are interested in improving their qualifications and their skills. Students interested in this certificate should contact the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies at (504) 865-3530 for more information.
40 hours (4 CEUs) This course focuses on the advanced techniques utilized in crime scene investigation. The student will briefly review the basic concepts of documentation, preservation, and evidence collection before being presented with advanced methods of crime scene anaylsis, including the presumptive and confirmatory testing of various forms of evidence. Additionally, the student will receive instruction on the documentation needed for crime scene reconstruction and an overview of the methods utilized in performing these reconstructions. This instruction will be accomplished through lecture and hands-on activities, designed to test the practical application of what was taught in the classroom. This includes the use of mock crime scenes and lab based exercises. The course will cover the advance concepts of crime scene based analysis and the use of proven reconstruction technique
Crime Scene Reconstruction (Date TBA)
40 hours (4 CEUs) This course serves as an overview of the techniques utilized in crime scene reconstruction. The student will learn how to properly document a crime scene for future reconstruction and the basics of conducting an actual reconstruction. The majority of this course will be hands-on, where students will rely on lectures from previous courses or practical experience. Students will receive instruction in bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting scene reconstruction, event sequencing, the use of other scientific findings in reconstruction, and testimony techniques. The course will cover the principles of crime scene investigation and its use within a criminal investigation.
Crime Scene Photography (Date TBA)
40 hours (4 CEUs) This course will focus primarily on the many forms of photography utilized to document criminal acts. Students will be taught basic photography skills and how to best utilize digital cameras to document evidence. Additionally, students will be given extensive instruction in the specialized photography associated with crime scenes, alternate light sources, and autopsies. Students will also receive instruction in night photography and analytical photography. This is an intensive course that relies heavily on "hands on" exercises.