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.


Required Courses (5 credits)

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

Elective Courses (3 credits)

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.

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