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
|University of Central Florida||4-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||4-year, Public|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|Florida International University||4-year, Public|
|University of Maryland - University College||4-year, Public|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||4-year, Public|
|Boston University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Nevada - Las Vegas||4-year, Public|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, Public|
|St. Petersburg College||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|