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.

Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:18 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and one 3-credit elective course.

FORS 6207Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6216Development of Latent Prints
FORS 6217Fingerprint Comparisons
FORS 6219Digital Image Processing
One of the following:
FORS 6203Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6251Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6255Investigation of Child Abuse
FORS 6256Forensic Pathology
FORS 6257Medicolegal Death Investigation
Alternate courses may be selected with approval of advisor