Accreditation: is a process by which educational programs, as well as laboratories, demonstrate that they have met standards set forth by accrediting agencies. Accreditation is a voluntary process of external peer review in which an accrediting agency grants public recognition to a program of study, institution, or laboratory that meets established qualifications and standards.
The Master of Science in Forensic Science Degree Program is fully accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science’s Forensic Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).
Marshall University Forensic Science Center’s DNA Laboratory is accredited by Forensic Quality Services-International (FQS-I)as an ISO 17025conformant testing laboratory for forensic casework and CODIS databasing. The DNA Laboratory is also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for parentage and relationship testing.
Certification: is a process whereby an individual receives public recognition by a professional certification agency for having met established qualifications and educational standards. Generally, individuals become certified by passing a certification examination such as given by the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC). Graduates are encouraged to seek certification by the ABC.
Students are encouraged to become nationally recognized by the ABC by taking the Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT) prior to graduation. Students are also encouraged to become certified as a Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) upon an examination through the International Association of Identification (IAI) and completion of one year of crime scene investigation work.
In general, national certification is an excellent means of enhancing an individual’s resume and/or credentials. Certification is available from a variety of certification agencies depending on the specialty area of certification desired.