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  Sep 20, 2017
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Crime Scene Investigation

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The purpose of the Crime Scene Investigation certificate is to provide a program of study for students to concentrate in the areas of crime scene investigation as it applies to forensic documention, evidence collection & analysis, and procedural reporting and testimony. This certificate is best suited for people who have a background or interest in criminal justice, fire science or other related public safety disciplines. For more information about the Crime Scene Investigation certificate, please visit our website at

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students may start any semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Crime Scene Investigation Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 20

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 200 250
Supplies  30  30

Approximate total for the program: $3,530**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

The CSI certificate is designed for students who would like to obtain knowledge in proper investigation techniques, evidence collection/preservation and processing, and proper scene documentation. This program will give students the knowledge and skills to perform the following jobs:

  • Law Enforcement Officer/Agent
  • Detective or Investigator
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Medicolegal Death Investigator
  • Criminalist/Crime Lab Technician
  • Loss Prevention
  • Insurance/Fraud Investigator
  • Private Investigator
  • Security officer

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • People & communication skills
  • Reasoning and common sense
  • Curiosity & problem solving
  • Determination and accuracy
  • Detail orientated and meticulous nature.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

Students who have been convicted of a felony most likely will be unable to gain employment in positions within the criminal justice field. Professionals in the criminal justice field are often exposed to acts of violence and must be prepared to operate under extreme conditions (severe weather, extensive work hours, etc.). These environments can often be stressful and people are exposed to a variety of situations involving biohazards, chemicals and dangerous situations.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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