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Forensic Science Training

Career Diploma in
Forensic Science

Further your fascination with forensic science with professional-level forensics training. Use the techniques in our Forensic Science courses to help solve crimes. Learn important skills that will move you toward success in this worthwhile field.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online Forensic Science program includes comprehensive lessons that teach fundamental concepts applicable to the world of forensic science. Everything is easy to follow; you’ll start with a basic foundation followed by more challenging concepts. Practice exercises help you review key topics, such as...

  • Processing and photographing a crime scene
  • Distinguishing the cause of death
  • Technological advances in DNA analysis
  • Forms of print analysis
  • Reconstructing a crime scene
  • Examining evidence and preparing a lab report

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: The Crime Scene  

Processing and photographing a crime scene; types of evidence; collecting, cataloging and preserving evidence; instruments comprising the crime scene kit; death investigations; distinguishing the cause of death; the role of pathologists; estimating time of death based on stages of decomposition; the autopsy; how coroners conduct and gather evidence in the autopsy process.

Lesson 3: Identifying the Body  

Identifying homicide victims; examining dental features, fingerprints, blood-type and DNA; technological advances in DNA analysis; the four basic types of forensic science; techniques for manipulating and analyzing physical images; trace evidence analysis; crime lab instruments and their use in examining hair, fibers, glass, dust and more; serology; using blood type, DNA and semen evidence to solve crimes; forms of print analysis.

Lesson 4: The Mind of the Investigator  

Using science, intuition, induction, deduction, and abduction to make crime scene conclusions; toxicology testing; reconstructing a crime scene; pattern evidence; interpreting blood spatter patterns; evaluating eyewitness accounts; criminal logic; profiling: its use and misuse in the science of victimology.

Lesson 5: Following the Trail of the Suspect  

Deceptive tactics used by criminals to stage crime scenes, plant misleading evidence, and lead investigators in the wrong direction; interrogation methods and instruments such as lie detectors, voiceprint analysis, and stress evaluators; polygraph results; feigning mental illness, malingering, and other criminal tactics; solving forensic puzzles; arson and bomb investigations; determining the true causes of fires; tracing the origin of explosives through chemical analysis; following paper trails to track down criminals.

Lesson 6: Introduction and the Crime Scene  

The development of forensic science; the five basic crime lab functions: physical science, biology, firearms analysis, document analysis, and photographic analysis; analytical and scientific skills of the forensic scientist; how investigators process, secure, isolate, and record crime scene evidence using a variety of sophisticated techniques; protocols for collecting various kinds of evidence.

Lesson 7: Physical Evidence, Glass, and Soil  

Identifying and comparing physical and chemical properties of the most common types of physical evidence; interacting with medical examiners, criminalists and law enforcement personnel to recover and analyze crime scene evidence; an overview of the metric system; forensic characteristics of glass and soil; methods to collect and preserve glass fragment and soil evidence.

Lesson 8: Organic and Inorganic Analyses  

Techniques and instruments for examining organic evidence; theories and principles of chromatography, spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry; measurement and analysis tools; analyzing tools, explosives and poisons to gather inorganic evidence; how to determine the elemental composition of materials; atomic absorption spectrophotometry and x-ray diffraction.

Lesson 9: Microscope, Hair, Fiber, and Paint  

Using the compound, comparison, stereoscopic, polarizing and scanning electron microscopes; comparative analysis of microscopic evidence; the microspectrophotometer; identifying and analyzing hair, fiber, and paint particles; extracting evidence from automotive paint; analyzing paint particles in the laboratory.

Lesson 10: Drugs and Forensic Toxicology  

The psychological and physical factors contributing to drug dependence; characteristics of opiates, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, anabolic steroids, and the so-called "club drugs"; drug identification testing procedures; collecting and preserving drug evidence; measuring alcohol in the blood system; breath testers and gas chromatography tests; interpretative conclusions reached as a result of drug tests.

Lesson 11: Forensic Serology and DNA  

Blood testing and typing; immunoassay techniques; analyzing blood stains and stain patterns; locating, collecting and preserving blood evidence; semen analysis in rape and other sexually related crimes; the structural components of DNA; base pairing, replication and polymerase chain reaction; the relation of DNA to bodily functions; DNA analysis.

Lesson 12: Fire and Firearms  

Arson and explosion investigations; using the gas chromatograph to trace chemical composition and origin of materials; the nature of explosives; combing bomb sites; firearms identification; tool marks; analyzing bullets, gunpowder residue and serial numbers; extracting evidence from shoe and tire marks and other impressions; collecting, preserving and analyzing residues, minute particles, and other impressions as evidence.

Lesson 13: Fingerprints; Document Examination  

The three classes of fingerprints as defined by patterns of loops, whirls, and arches; the automated fingerprint identification system; methods used to detect fingerprints; techniques for preserving fingerprints; document and voice examination; handwriting analysis and comparisons; methods used to compare copiers, printers and fax machines; analyzing alterations, erasures, and virtual obliteration of documents; analyzing voice data with the sound spectrograph.

Lesson 14: Forensic Science Today and Tomorrow  

The impact of the Internet on forensic science; global networks and databases; researching forensic science on the Web; the Internet as a research tool in criminal investigations; the future of forensic science; the broadening applications of forensic methodology as an integral component of investigation.

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  What You Get

Complete our online forensics training on your terms. Begin when you want, study at your own pace and get personal assistance when you need it. We’ve eliminated the hurdles so you can move ahead quickly!

The content selected for your forensic science courses balances integral theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:

  • Detailed, illustrated textbooks & learning guides
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our Forensic Science courses receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your diploma in forensics training will be an impressive addition on your resume and help you achieve your career goals.

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We’ve cleared the way. Start your forensics training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.