Program Overview

Violence and sexual assault are issues of major concern for all but especially for those who provide care for the victims and those working in the criminal justice system. Forensics Selected Topics is a three part distance learning-program incorporating both video (DVD-ROM) and on-line instructional components provided on password-protected websites. The program divisions are:

  1. Introduction to Forensics/Specialty Areas
  2. Medical/Legal Aspects of Forensics
  3. Processes in the Criminal Justice System: Investigation, Arrest, Trial, and Conviction

Each DVD-ROM contains four to eight topic areas with multiple modules addressing each area.

This division of content allows the learner freedom to select information directly related to his/her needs and interests. The presenters are highly qualified professionals who integrate content and research with real world experience.

Each section of the program can be purchased separately and CE credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the on-line quizzes and evaluation forms. Programs can be completed in any order. However, a certificate of program completion will be awarded only upon successful completion of all three sections.

Program Objectives

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Emergency Medical Personnel
Nurses (ER, Public Health/Home Care, ICU)
Physicians (ER, Family Practice, Hospitalists)
Social Workers
Victim Advocates
Others for whom content is relevant

Contact Hours

Each section of the program can be purchased separately and CE credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the on-line quizzes and evaluation form. Programs can be completed in any order.  However, a certificate of program completion will be awarded only upon successful completion of all three sections.

  • Introduction to Forensics / Specialty Areas within Forensic Science - 10.4 contact hours (1.0 CEUs)
  • Medical/Legal Aspects - 12.1 contact hours (1.2 CEUs)
  • Processes in the Criminal Justice System:   Investigation, Arrest, Trial and Conviction - 4.0 contact hours (0.4 CEUs)

Continuing education credit is provided through Corexcel.

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Corexcel is also accredited through the State of Florida, Board of Nursing (provider no. FBN 2479) and the State of California, Board of Nursing (provider no. CEP 13687). Corexcel has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, MacLean, VA 22102.

If your discipline is not listed above, please contact your professional licensing organization for program approval.

Content Foci

Section I: Introduction to Forensics/Specialty Areas within Forensic Science

  • Overview/Highlights of Forensic Science
  • Basics of Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Entomology: Using Insects & Anthropods for Legal Investigations
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Fingerprints
  • Computer Forensics

Section II: Medical/Legal Aspects

  • Careers in Forensic Nursing
  • Adult Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Injury and Forensic Issues
  • Introduction to Terminal Ballistics
  • Body Changes Associated with Human Death
  • Body Decomposition (Detailed)

Section III: Processes in the Criminal Justice System: Investigation, Arrest, Trial and Conviction

  • The Criminal Justice Process: From Arrest to Conviction
  • Identifying and Collecting Physical Evidence
  • How Does New Science Become Evidence in Court?
  • Innocence Project, The Power of DNA to Exonerate the Wrongfully Convicted

Technology Requirements

Participants must have access to a computer with an Internet connection and DVD-ROM drive. To view lectures on the DVD-ROM, you must have RealPlayer® 10.5 downloaded on your computer. To view printable slides, as well as some additional resources, you must have Adobe Reader® downloaded on your computer. If you do not currently have these programs, information for downloading them is provided on the course websites.

Note: Technology support is provided via phone and e-mail by The Division of Special Programs 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Distance Learning and the University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has been offering distance learning courses since 1988 and is a national leader in the use of educational technology. Numerous awards recognize the University's electronic campus and its achievements in technology and distance learning. UD Online distance learning courses capitalize on the University's unparalleled campus technology network to support and enhance learning, enabling students to connect ideas, people, and information from around the world.

University of Delaware's College of Health Sciences
The College of Health and Nursing Sciences was formed July 1, 1997 as a result of a merger between the College of Nursing, the College of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation, and the department of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was renamed to the College of Health Sciences on July 1, 2005. There are about 130 faculty and staff in the College and about 1600 students. The College consists of the Departments of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences and Medical Technology , the School of Nursing , and the Division of Special Programs . The Department of Physical Therapy joined the College as of January 1, 2009. In addition, some of the faculty in this College participate in the interdisciplinary Biomechanics and Movement Science program. The College offers nine undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees with eight different areas of concentration. Dr. Kathleen S. Matt, Dean of the College of Health Sciences.

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Section I: Introduction to Forensics/Specialty Areas within Forensic Science [$250.00]
Section II: Medical/Legal Aspects [$300.00]
Section III: Processes in the Criminal Justice System: Investigation, Arrest, Trial and Conviction [$100.00]
Register for all 3 sections [$585.00 - Includes 10% Discount]

Program Highlights

  • Lectures on DVD-ROM
  • Supplemental materials available on password-protected website
  • Module format for fast, easy access
  • Separation of content addresses learner needs
ALERT: This program contains very explicit photographs that may be disturbing to some viewers. The overall nature of the content is not suitable for children.

Advantages of Online Format

  • Anywhere, anytime accessibility
  • Increased computer competency, a necessity in today's technological practice settings
  • No scheduling conflicts
  • No transportation costs
  • Tech support available
  • Online quiz and evaluation
  • Printable certificate on program completion

What is a Certificate Program?

A certificate program is an education offering (or series of offerings) in a specified content area. A certificate of completion is awarded by the provider when all program requirements (such as video presentations, assignments, tests, etc.) have been successfully completed.

What are the Benefits of a Certificate Program?

  • Increased knowledge base in a specific area
  • Exploration of a new field if considering a career change and/or added responsibilities in current position
  • Addition to CV or resume as documentation of knowledge in a specified area
  • Continuing education credit for license renewal for nurses and other professionals (check with your professional licensing board)

Program Presenters

Hal G. Brown, BS
Deputy Director of the State of Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Forensics Sciences Laboratory

Kathleen Brown, RN, CRNP, PhD
Practice Professor
University of Pennsylvania
School of Nursing

Stephen M. Bunting, BS
Assistant Director of Public Safety and Computer Forensics Expert
University of Delaware

Karen Dougherty, RN, MSN
Forensic Nurse Examiner
Laudin Coordinator of the Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE)/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
Crozer Health Systems Emergency Department

Linda A. Fernandes, RN, MSN
Forensic Legal Nurse Consultant
Public Defenders Office
State of Delaware

Linda Lou-O'Connor, PhD
Post Doctorate Researcher
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Lisa M. Schwind, RN, BSN, JD
Unit Head of Forensics Services and Education and
Director of the Innocence Project
Office of the Public Defender
State of Delaware.

Jessica A. Smith, MA
Chief Forensic Toxicologist
State of Delaware
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Gerard M. Spadaccini, MFS, JD,
Assistant Public Defender and Forensic Sciences Specialist
Office of the Public Defender for the State of Delaware