NOTE: This program has been sunset. If you are currently enrolled in the program, you may complete your coursework according to the planned schedule of offerings that was emailed to you. We are no longer accepting applications for new students.

Learn to identify the who, what, where, when and how. Acquire the knowhow for collecting and preserving evidence, documenting and photographing a scene, and properly conducting an autopsy through this fully online program. The amalgamation of compassion, dedication, attention to detail and critical thinking are what make an outstanding nurse death investigator. Now's the time to make your move.

Designed For

Intended participants include:

  • Registered nurses
  • LVNs
  • Other licensed nurse professionals

All courses provide California Board of Registered Nursing continuing education credit. UCR Extension is an accredited provider.

What You'll Learn

  • Roles and responsibilities of a nurse death investigator
  • Best methods for collecting evidence, documenting a scene, and photographing and preserving evidence
  • Procedures for identifying and confirming the decedent's identity
  • Changes that occur to the body following death and the stages that follow
  • Process and procedure of an autopsy

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of venues including, but not limited to, coroner's office or medical examiner's office. They might include:

  • Forensic Nurse Death Investigator
  • Medicolegal Death Investigator
  • Deputy Coroner
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Coroner

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Registered nurse
  • Licensed vocational nurse or equivalent

Online Tutorial

To help prepare you for completing a course in our online learning environment, check out our FAQs.

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