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Registration now open for Medicolegal Death Investigation Training

evidence numbers at a crime sceneThe 2012 Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Program (Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators) is now open for registration.  This online training is provided by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and NFSTC at no-cost to eligible forensic practitioners involved in medicolegal death investigation, including medical examiners and coroners.

The purpose of this program is to provide medicolegal death investigation practitioners with general knowledge of the scope and application of the forensic sciences within the criminal justice system. Topics include crime scene processing and photography, latent fingerprint processing, controlled substances analysis, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic odontology, firearm and tool mark collection and preservation, trace evidence analysis, fire debris analysis, explosives and explosive device identification, and forensic biology (serology/DNA).

Online coursework will be available April 2012 through September 2012 via the NFSTC Online Learning System (NOLS) and includes a pre-test, theoretical instruction, required reading, discussion board activities and a post-test (minimum score required 80%). Trainees should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 16 – 20 hours to complete online coursework activities.

Earn ABMDI Continuing Education Credit Hours

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) has approved Continuing Education credits for the NIJ/NFSTC Medicolegal Death Investigation online training program.  Trainees successfully completing the online coursework are eligible to apply to ABMDI for up to 16 credit hours.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for participation in this training program, applicants must:

  • Work for a U.S. publicly funded state, local or tribal agency as a medicolegal death investigator, including medical examiners and  coroners
    (Note: Federal employees and contractors are not eligible to receive training under this grant)
  • Be actively involved in medicolegal death investigation
  • Possess a reasonable level of skill in English, arithmetic, and computer keyboarding
  • Have access to the following resources at home or agency for the duration of the online coursework
    • Computer with Internet access and Flash player (Version 9.0 or higher) and Adobe Acrobat Reader 
    • Printer (optional)

To Apply:

Download the full announcement for selection criteria, application instructions and contact information:

  2012 Medicolegal Death Investigation Training Announcement

This training is provided under NIJ cooperative Agreement Award (#2011-DN-BX-K568).