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Biological Fluid Identification

Class Code: 
R106

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 4-day (32-hour) course is designed to teach the beginning serologist the methods and tests to locate and identify dried body fluids. The course will cover the tests commonly used in the forensic field: description and scientific basis, strengths and weaknesses, choice of testing procedures (analytical scheme), test interpretation, and preservation of biological evidence. The course will emphasize the testing of blood, semen, and saliva, but sweat and urine will also be covered, and vaginal secretions and fecal material will be discussed. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST certified.
Instructor: 
Kerstin Gleim and Terry Spear
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will learn the theory and practice of body fluid identification. The students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Minimum of 6 months of crime laboratory working experience
Materials Fee: 
$75.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Schedule of Classes:

Locationsort ascending Date(s)
Rancho Cordova Oct. 28-31, 2014
Los Angeles Dec. 9-12, 2014

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