Medical Forensics

Program Overview:

This program is designed to introduce a field of science that incorporates both science and criminal justice, and applies those methods to crime scene investigative techniques. Students will learn to identify, collect and analyze evidence using the scientific method and deductive reasoning. In forensics, we get to explore learning and practicing with lots of evidence, such as blood spatter, fingerprints, ballistics, DNA, death investigations, forensics psychology, some microscopic and chemical analysis, and so much more! Medical forensics involves many aspects of health science instruction as well, including anatomy, physiology, microscopy, lab safety, and some math techniques. Forensics and Health Science career exploration will include hands-on labs, and practice with evidence identification and collection techniques.

Course Descriptions:

For Concurrent Enrollment Classes see Appendix.

CJ 1350/Medical Forensics- Intro to Forensic Science: This semester course is designed to introduce the field of forensic science. The focus is on introductory skills necessary to prepare students for careers such as crime scene technician, criminalist or forensic scientist. 

Health Science Capstone: This is a semester course designed to prepare students for a health science
career. Students will participate in work-based learning experiences designed to introduce and research
different health science careers.

Career Possibilities:

  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Criminalist
  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Fingerprint Analyst
  • Drug Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Mortuary Science Technician
  • Forensic Pathologist
  • Medical Examiner
  • Forensic Nurse Examiner
  • Blood Spatter Analyst
  • Firearms Examiner
  • Forensic Serologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician

Additional Details:

High School Credit:
CTE credit or elective credit: up to 2 credits 

Concurrent Enrollment:
3 college credits through SLCC. Student is responsible to register and pay for concurrent enrollment classes at SLCC. 

Skills Certification:
Utah State Skill Certificate Test(s) 

Additional Opportunities: HOSA membership

Recommended: Introduction to Criminal Justice

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