This course explores deaths caused by asphyxia, or the lack of oxygen to the brain. Asphyxia-related deaths can be present in natural, homicide, suicide, or accident investigations, and this course explores types of asphyxia and evidence associated with asphyxia-related deaths. The course also examines the role of coroners in the death investigations process and provides an overview of livor mortis, rigor mortis, hypoxia, and other symptoms that may be present at an asphyxia-related death scene. Through a variety of case studies, students will develop the skills necessary to identify deaths by asphyxia and determine the cause and manner of those deaths. The course is appropriate for investigators, officers who respond to death scenes, and individuals interested in learning basic forensic techniques.
- Course rating
- Time Required
- 5 Hours
- One-Time Fee
About the Instructor
Founded in 1998, the Forensic Science Academy was created to meet a need of offering forensic personnel and aspiring crime scene investigators hands-on forensic training. Courses such as fingerprint patterns, fingerprint classification, forensic photography, forensic toxicology, and death investigations were included in an academy type program. The Academy established itself as the premier forensic training program devoted to students seeking entry level positions and to law enforcement related personnel seeking a career change or additional training.
To meet the growing demands of additional training, workshops and seminars were added to the Academy’s schedule, which provided additional training hours such as DNA and Forensic Science, Ballistics, Forensic Anthropology, and Case Studies, such as Domestic Violence and The Night Stalker/Richard Ramirez Case.
With the onset of online learning, I began developing online courses to help students gain forensic training, establish a professional portfolio, and help students supplement their formal education with specific training, From this offering, I restructured the flagship program, The Forensic Science Academy (FSA), to operate under Forensic Training Unlimited (FTU). FTU’s instructors are experts in their respective fields and have training in teaching and educating others.
Many of our graduates are involved with local police agencies, coroner’s offices, and other active investigation units, both with local and county agencies, as well as on the Federal level.
I continue to specialize in developing hands-on courses designed to equip students for work in the field of forensic science. In doing so, I’ve been able to merge my professional training (POST, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Orange County Sheriff, CA) with my formal education (teaching credential and MS in Forensic Science) to bring quality training to students, no matter their location. I hold professional memberships in The International Association for Identification, Southern California Association for Fingerprint Officers, and other local law enforcement supportive groups.
My mission is helping students convert their forensic goals into a forensic career.
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