Crime Scene Technology – Forensics Tech

Crime Scene Technology –  Forensics Tech

The cohort for this program begins June 5, 2015. The cohort is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of today’s student, both adult and traditional. The Crime Scene Technician program is designed to prepare students for careers as Crime Scene Technicians with the possibility of continuing on the career ladder to Investigator/Detective or Forensic Scientist.

Anyone interested in the Crime Scene Technician program should contact Jerry Stinson at 276.964.7203, email Financial aid is available to all who qualify.

forensicsThe program cohort is 27 credits that combines a general core with specific courses that readies the student to be able to identify, gather and test physical evidence found on crime scenes. This program represents a step on the career ladder. Students who wish to further their education may do so with a seamless transition into the Administration of Justice program at Southwest which culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. This Associate degree opens the door to steps by preparing the students for transfer to senior colleges and universities.

The Administration of Justice program at Southwest has several articulation agreements in place with senior colleges and universities including East Tennessee State and Old Dominion Universities. For those students seeking employment our community partners in area law enforcement have career opportunities available as entry level officers. Students seeking this path are prepared with an advanced knowledge of crime scene techniques and have further training opportunities available through the regional law enforcement academy.

Please contact Jerry Stinson at or 276.964.7203 for more information about Administration of Justice programs and the Crime Scene Technology program.

See the full curriculum at the Course Catalog Program Listing for Crime Scene Technology.


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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