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College of Public Safety Administration

Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Crime Scene Technology


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2014 (490)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2014 (490), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information -

Lynn Ernst
Lead Instructor, AC
(727) 341-4508

Brian Frank
Dean, AC
(727) 341-4503

Program Summary

Crime Scene technologists are employed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, state attorney offices, public defender offices, medical examiners' offices, law firms and private industry.

The certificate program is designed to prepare a crime scene technician who will be able to locate, identify, process and preserve the crime scene. They will also testify in court as to their findings. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Crime Scene Technology.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

43.0106: Forensic Science and Technology.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Crime Lab Assistant
  • Crime Scene Photographer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Scene Unit Supervisor
  • Fingerprint Examiner & Classification Specialist
  • Fire Inspector/Investigator
  • Forensic Science Specialist
  • Investigator/Consultant
  • Juvenile Assessment Worker
  • Latent Print Examiner/Trainee
  • Property and Evidence Personnel

Admission Rules

1. Complete SPC application.
2. Take SPC placement test and take any remedial courses as student needs to be at college level writing and reading skills.
3. Attend an advising session with program director or faculty member.

Graduation Rules

1. A grade of "C" or better in all designated specialty courses in this program.
2. Completion of an End-of-Program Assessment Examination.
3. Online students are required to attend a Lab Technique Review Session during their graduating term.
4. A grade of "I" will be assigned to a currently enrolled CJT course until the End of Assessment Exam and any required Lab Technique Review Session is completed.


Introduction to Crime Scene Technology
Advanced Crime Scene Technology
Crime Scene Safety
Introduction to Forensic Science
Fingerprint Classification
Latent Fingerprint Development *
Biological Evidence
Courtroom Presentation of Scientific Evidence *
Crime Scene Photography

* Courses CJL 2610 and CJE 2671 should be taken during the student's last semester.

Total Credits