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2021-2022 General Catalog Published 2/28/22 
2021-2022 General Catalog Published 2/28/22 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, Medicolegal Death Investigation Concentration, AAS

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences recognize the increasing demand for qualified, trained personnel in local and regional law enforcement, corrections communities, and medicolegal death investigation. In addition to these needs, the College also recognizes an interest from students who are planning to apply to law school following completion of a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from a four-year university. Many law enforcement and corrections agencies encourage enrollment in this degree program by offering career advantages to college-educated candidates and professionals.

Concentration Overview

The Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration is designed for students contemplating employment in the field of medicolegal death investigation or within the investigation branch of a law enforcement agency. At this time, Bossier Parish Community College is one of few colleges in the United States offering the Medicolegal Death Investigation class and concentration. Successful completion of CJUS 294  prepares students for registry level exams administered by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, Inc. Bossier Parish Community College offers the Medicolegal Death Investigation class via the Internet, which makes it accessible to students and professionals throughout the United States and abroad.

General Degree Information

Graduates receive a total of 60 hours of college credit for completion of course work required for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration. This program articulates with one or more institutions or agencies. Refer to the Articulation Agreements  section of the catalog for further detail.

Learning Outcomes

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration will have demonstrated

  1. The skills required for entry-level employment in the criminal justice profession;
  2. The skills to comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information related to their area of responsibility by demonstrating their expertise;
  3. The application of the skills necessary to prepare written reports and the ability to make effective oral presentations;
  4. Effective verbal and written communication with the public, staff, and administration by documenting activities, maintaining databases, and effective performance;
  5. The ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate job-related task in the profession of law enforcement.
  6. The ability to communicate successfully within the criminal justice profession using verbal, written, and basic computer literacy skills;
  1. Competency in the performance of skills required for entry-level employment and skills to perform rudimentary death investigations.
  2. The knowledge required to apply for the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation National Registry Examination

Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester: 15 Hours

Second Semester: 15 Hours

Total Credit Hours for Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Concentration in Medicolegal Death Investigation: 60

* Prerequisite of BLGY 120  

Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course. Additionally, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course required in the curriculum to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take ENGL 102  instead of ENGL 103 , MATH 102  instead of MATH 101 , and SPCH 110  instead of SPCH 115 . Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics course.

This degree can be obtained 100% via Internet instruction. Contact your academic advisor for details.

Louisiana POST Council Credits Applied to Criminal Justice Degree

Bossier Parish Community College is providing expanded educational opportunities for peace officers completing the Louisiana POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) Council. Fifteen (15) hours of credit will be given in the following criminal justice courses at BPCC.  Additionally, students will be required to submit a copy of appropriate documentation of LA POST council certification and a copy of driver’s license.

For more information, please call 318-678-6381.