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Medical Examiner Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

To be qualified to work as a medical examiner, one must hold an M.D. and be a licensed pathologist. An undergraduate program in forensic science is an appropriate course of study for those interested in entering this field.

How to Select a Medical Examiner School

A medical examiner investigates suspicious fatalities and the medical evidence related to them. According to the National Association of Medical Examiners, or NAME (www.thename.org), after graduating with a baccalaureate degree, a prospective student in this field must complete medical school followed by a pathology residency program. Pathology training typically lasts 4-5 years and is the normal requirement for employment. Once the residency program is completed, licensure must be received through the American Board of Pathology. In total, a medical examiner will complete approximately 13 years of training. Along with pre-med coursework, forensic science is an appropriate undergraduate course of study for aspiring medical examiners and is offered at many schools.

Further considerations when seeking a school in this field:

  • Consider schools that are highly regarded for their academic excellence because this can affect your chances of getting into medical school.
  • Check into a school's available facilities, equipment, accreditation and internship opportunities.
  • Look into the amount of laboratory science experience in a program so you can get hands-on training.

10 Schools with Forensic Science Programs

College/University Institution Type
University of Central Florida4-year, Public
Michigan State University4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus4-year, Public
Florida International University4-year, Public
University of Maryland - University College4-year, Public
Virginia Commonwealth University4-year, Public
Boston University4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Nevada - Las Vegas4-year, Public
Utah Valley University4-year, Public
St. Petersburg College4-year, primarily associate's, Public

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