Graduate Certificate in Latent Print Examination
The Graduate Certificate in Latent Print Examination trains students on the scientific methods behind fingerprint identification and how these methods apply to processing fingerprints. Ideal for aspiring latent print examiners, the program covers topics including the biological aspects of friction ridge skin, the ACE-V methodology for fingerprint evaluation and the complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors that influence friction ridge skin development. Students also gain critical hands-on laboratory experience throughout the course of the program.
Graduates are uniquely qualified for latent print examiner positions. Forensic laboratories are increasingly seeking Latent Print Unit candidates with advanced degrees. Additionally, the program’s robust curriculum is designed to prepare students for the International Association for Identification (IAI) examination, which leads to certification as a Latent Print Examiner.
Pre-requisite: BS Degree from an accredited university.
Required: The general requirements stated in the Bulletin of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program of study consists of 18 credit hours of approved course work.
FORS 6207 Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215 Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6216 Development of Latent Prints
FORS 6217 Fingerprint Comparisons
FORS 6219 Digital Image Processing
FORS 6203 Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204 Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6251 Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252 Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6255 Investigation of Child Abuse
FORS 6256 Forensic Pathology
FORS 6257 Medicolegal Death Investigation
An alternate elective course can be selected with advisor approval.