M.S. - 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 a.m. until 4 p.m. Online classes begin in the summer of the second year.
Typically, our enrolled Master of Science in Forensic Medicine students have backgrounds as:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurses (BSN and beyond, e.g. Nurse Practitioner)
- Criminal Investigators
- 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 not have an undergraduate degree and background in the sciences may first apply to the Pathway Program.
The Pathway Program is designed for non-science majors who are interested in forensic medicine and who possess a bachelor’s degree in a forensic-related field to receive the necessary preparation to enter the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program.
This is a summer preparatory course in general biology and human anatomy and physiology. Courses for the Pathway Program are offered 100 percent online. Upon successful completion of the Pathway Program, the student will enter the Master of Science in Forensic Medicine Program beginning the fall semester immediately following.
NOTE: It is important to note that neither a degree nor a certificate is awarded upon completion of the Pathway Program.
Typically, our enrolled Pathway Program students have professional backgrounds or undergraduate majors in:
- Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Law Practice and Law Enforcement
- Social Work
For more information on the Pathway Program and/or to discuss your eligibility for it, please contact us. We would be happy to speak with you.
PCOM is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104;