Crime Scene Investigation

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Program Overview

As the only CSI program in the state of Kansas besides the Wichita State University bachelor’s degree, Northwest Tech’s Crime Scene Investigation Technology program is an incredibly unique educational experience. Our program is hands on with technical courses comprising a majority of the coursework, which means you’ll learn by doing everyday.

Utilizing modern methods used in the field and laboratory for forensic identification, Northwest Tech’s Crime Scene Investigation Technology program will prepare you with competencies in the areas of locating, preserving, developing, collecting, analyzing and presenting physical evidence. The CSI Tech program will provide you with learning opportunities to develop academic, occupational and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition. Within your coursework, a combination of criminal investigation and forensic lab theories and practical applications will develop skills necessary for employment. As a graduate of the CSI Tech program you will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

  • Display knowledge of the basic concepts of criminal and forensic investigation and the functions of a crime scene investigator.
  • Identify crime scene considerations and determine different crime scenes.
  • Properly collect, preserve, document and transport all evidence identified at the crime scene.
  • Conduct the proper method of crime scene investigation.
  • Develop a crime scene matrix.
  • Display use of a digital camera, flash and close up photography.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the Photoshop software program to print, enlarge and photograph crime scenes and evidence.
  • Identify drugs and their effects.
  • Recover deleted files and data remnants.
  • Exhibit the proper method of presentation of evidence, photographs and charts in the courtroom.

Jason Showalter
Crime Scene Investigation Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1584
Email: jason.showalter@nwktc.edu

Craig Medsker
Crime Scene Investigation Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1559
Email: craig.medsker@nwktc.edu

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

Program Length

Two Years
August-May

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

Course Outline

Download a PDF version of the course outline.

  • Joni Showalter
    Goodland Police Department, Chief of Police
  • Charles Moser
    Sherman County Attorney
  • Cody Beeson
    Cheyenne County Sheriff
  • Mark Kendrick
    Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Senior Special Agent
  • Ron Alexander
    Colby Police Department, Chief of Police
  • Nicole Romine
    Cheyenne County Attorney
  • Barry Romans
    Burlington Police Department, Chief of Police
  • Josh Mquitty
    Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant
  • Trevor Wilemsen
    Goodland Police Department, Detective
  • Bret Mangan
    Deputy Sherman County Attorney

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Crime Scene Investigation program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

  • Background Check Completed**

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with admission@nwktc.edu.

**Crime Scene Investigation Technology students are required to complete a background check once on campus in the fall. The instructor will conduct the background check process during class time and the fee for the background check will be paid for through program lab fees included in your cost estimate for the program.