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Master of Science in Forensic Medicine

The Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program is a full master’s degree program that prepares students to become lifelong learners by developing a baseline of analytic and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the challenges of forensic medicine and to positively affect the lives of their patients and their patients’ families, their employers and their communities.

The Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program is designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and background in the sciences.  The curriculum consists of one year of didactic (face-to-face classroom) coursework that meets one weekend per month followed by a year of online coursework as well as a capstone project. Classes during the first year (August-May) will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Online classes begin in the summer of the second year.


Typically, our enrolled Master of Science in Forensic Medicine students have backgrounds as: 

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses (BSN & beyond, e.g. Nurse Practitioner)
  • Paramedics
  • Criminal Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Law Enforcement Professionals

Work experience is not required to enter the program; recent college graduates are accepted into the program. Those applicants who are interested in applying for the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program but who do nothave an undergraduate degree and background in the sciences may first apply to the Pathway Program.


View career paths and volunteer opportunities for graduates of the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program






Academic Progression  Fall  Winter  Spring Summer
First Year   FMED 500

Pathology for

Forensic Medicine

4 credits
FMED 501

Principles of Forensic

Medicine I

6 credits
FMED 502

Principles of

Forensic Medicine II


6 credits
FMED 504

Research Design &

Methodology (online)


4 credits

Second Year FMED 506

Evidence-Based

Forensic Medicine
(online)

4 credits
FMED 505

Bioethics in Professional

Practice (online)


4 credits
FMED 513

Law & Evidentiary

Procedure (online)


4 credits
FMED 508

Capstone

Integrated Experience

8 credits
8 credits 10 credits 10 credits 12 credits


 

"The Forensic Medicine program at PCOM provides the student with a well-rounded education that will prepare them for entry into the forensics field following graduation. It has prepared me for my current position as a Forensic Technician at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.~

~Lauren Sysol, 2011 Provost Award in Forensic Medicine Recipient (MS Forensic Medicine Class of 2011)

 

Last Updated: 10/13/14