Course Description

Learn about the death investigation processes within three categories:

  • Natural death, resulting primarily from a disease
  • Accidental death, when there is little or no evidence of an intent to cause harm
  • Undetermined death, when there is uncertainty about the circumstances surrounding the death

Documentation and evaluation of both the scene and the body will be discussed in detail, and the forensic autopsy/medical examination process of the body is also studied, including the medical and non-medical factors unique to each case.


Registered Nurse license required. Completion of BMSC X465.9 - Introduction to Forensic Pathology for Health Care Specialists recommended.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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