Frequently Asked Questions

 

How are these courses conducted?

Module 001 is a self-paced online course and will take approximately 24 hours to complete. Assuming you complete an average of one hour of coursework per day, it will take one month to complete.

What do the courses cost?

Module 001 (online course) is currently being offered at an introductory rate of $499.  This introductory rate is being offered at a discount from our original cost of $800 – a savings of $301!

Payment can be made by check or credit card via our secure website. The costs do not include travel, hotel, dinner, or any other personal expenses during the practicum stay. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both practicum days.

Who is eligible to participate in this course?

Professionals who are eligible to take this course include Attorneys, Coroners, Crime Scene Investigators, Educators, EMT/Paramedics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Nurses, Physicians, Students, and other jobs within the Forensic field.  If you are unsure if your profession fits these criteria, simply contact us at forensics@galencpd.com to discuss case-by-case eligibility.

How do I enroll?

Enrolling is easy – simply click the “Register Now” tab above!  Once payment is confirmed, you will receive a password to begin Module 001 (online course) within 72 hours of enrollment.

Are group discounts available?

Yes – we are currently offering group discounts!  Please email forensics@galencpd.com for more information.

What if my employer wants to pay for multiple participants?

In order for each participant to get their personal log-in information, each participant will have to be individually enrolled. Your employer should contact 1-855-200-GCPD or forensics@galencpd.com in order to register multiple participants.

If my company needs any kind of forms or documentation (W-9, invoices, receipt, etc.) for payment who should I contact?

You or your company can email forensics@galencpd.com for any kind of documentation that may be needed to pay for the courses.

Who developed this program?

Dr. Bill Smock, developer of this program, has more than 30 years’ experience as a coroner’s investigator, medical examiner, Medical Director of the SANE program (Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner), professor of emergency medicine, detective, police surgeon, and medical advisor to the FBI. Dr. Smock is nationally known for his expertise, teaching, and leadership in forensic medicine, including wound evaluation. Galen Center for Professional Development (GCPD), an affiliated organization of Galen College of Nursing, develops continuing education courses for the nursing profession as well as other professions who have a need for such courses.

Are these courses eligible for continuing education credits?

Yes, the International Association of Forensic Nurses (The Association) has endorsed the program and provides continuing education credit to nurses who complete the program. The Association is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Association is the recognized authority on forensic nursing. Successful completion of the online course is worth 24 continuing nursing education credits. The program is tailor-made for law enforcement officers, forensic nurses, emergency department and trauma physicians, and prosecutors. All participants will receive certificates of attendance and completion.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

Please note that there will be no refunds for Module 001 (online course); because once you register a username and password is created, you have the ability to log in and access the material.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

No we do not offer financial aid or scholarships. Interested participants should check with their employer to see if they are willing to pay all or a portion of the courses. You could also contact your local Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, or other agency to inquire about sponsorship. Institutions would greatly benefit from the expertise that is gained from this course.

Are there police departments that will hire nurses based on completion of this course?

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to evaluate gunshot wounds but it will be up to your local police department for job opportunities. Please contact your local police department or law enforcement agency to learn more.