Crime Scene Technology – Forensics Tech

Crime Scene Technology –  Forensics Tech

The cohort for this program began on May 30, 2014.

Interested students must contact Tim Salyers at 276.964.7355 or email for enrollment in this program cohort.
Southwest will award a career studies certificate in Crime Scene Technology in the fall of 2014.

Courses include Forensic Photography I & II and Introduction to Trace Evidence.
See the full curriculum at the Course Catalog Program Listing for Crime Scene Technology.

This two-semester, 27-credit program, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become crime scene technicians. The focus of the program will include courses in communication, forensic science, and evidence collection and processing. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the experienced officer. Forensic science technicians held about 13,000 jobs in 2010. A number of career opportunities in the forensics field.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of forensic science technicians was $51,570 in May 2010.

The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,900, and the top 10 percent earned more than $82,990.

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The program cohort listed on this page is offered through PluggedInVA and Southwest VA Community College and are sponsored by the DOL TAACCCT Grant.

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