Police, coroners, and death investigators must know and understand the difference in wound type and how different wounds are made. Many times, wounds such as lacerations and incised wounds (cuts), are misidentified or terminology is incorrect. In this course you are introduced to the forensic importance of stabbing and cutting injuries. This course will describe for you what these wounds are and how they are made. You will also explore each type of wound’s forensic importance to an investigation.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI)

Who should take this course

  • Law Enforcement
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Private Legal Investigators
  • Forensic Students

Course Summary

An intermediate level investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiner investigators, crime scene and forensic techs. This course does contain graphic depiction of dead bodies and wounds and caution should be used in taking this course.

Police, coroners, and death investigators must know and understand the difference in wound type and how different wounds are made. Many times, wounds such as lacerations and incised wounds (cuts), are misidentified or terminology is incorrect.

In this course you are introduced to the forensic importance of stabbing and cutting injuries. This course will describe for you what these wounds are and how they are made. You will also explore each type of wound’s forensic importance to an investigation.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and final exam . Student login and time is tracked per student to verify time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until videos are watched.  Each video has a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently during the video and is part of the test questions, this will insure the video has been watched.  Certificates will only be available for print after success completion of the final exam and the course evaluation.

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the post control number and the CLEE hours given..

Course Goals

   At the end of this __2.5_ hour CLEE training course, the student will be able to

  1. List the four categories of cutting wounds
  2. Define Abrasion
  3. Properly explain how an abrasion is made
  4. Define laceration
  5. Properly explain the difference between laceration and incised wound.
  6. Properly describe an incised wound appearance
  7. Properly explain a stabbing wound appearance and how they are made
  8. Explain what a defense wound is and how they are made
  9. Properly define the characteristics of suicidal stabbings
  10. Explain how to identify and document a bite mark.

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