What is an autopsy specialist?

An autopsy specialist works with forensic investigators and pathologists to help determine cause of death—homicide, accident, or suicide. Carlow University offers the only autopsy specialist concentration in the country that can be earned with the Bachelor of Science in biology. This highly selective program gives students the opportunity to study with world-renowned pathologists who perform autopsies in a state-of-the-art, operating room-style cadaver lab, and access to specialty science labs and classrooms.

What can I do as an autopsy specialist?

This program prepares you to participate in forensic investigations and autopsies in coroners’ offices and pathology departments at medical centers. As an autopsy specialist you can pursue careers in medicine, law, or at federal, state, and local government offices. The program also prepares you for continuing education in the mortuary sciences, natural sciences, teaching and research at the college level.


What makes Carlow’s program unique?

Carlow University offers the only autopsy specialist concentration in the country that can be earned with the Bachelor of Science degree in biology. This highly selective program gives students the opportunity to study with pathologists who perform autopsies in state-of-the-art science labs. Carlow’s campus, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is surrounded by nationally renowned hospitals, where many students have the opportunity to study.

This program combines a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in autopsy specialist training. All requirements for the BS degree are completed within the traditional four academic years, but in this program you will also complete courses designed to prepare for a career as an autopsy specialist and forensic investigator. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of your sophomore year is required in order to enter into the practicum courses of the junior year.

Bachelors of Science in Biology: Autopsy Specialist Course Information

Course Requirements: 120 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus

Courses

BIO-275 Intro Forensic Death Investigation

A course that is the first in a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in forensic death investigation. The course introduces students to the history, legalities, equipment, and procedures associated with post-mortem examinations. Students will also be required to observe practical autopsy procedures. 


BIO-375 : Autopsy Practicum 1

A course that is the first in a two course sequence (BIO 375 and BIO 376) designed to provide biology majors in the autopsy specialist program with hands-on practical experience in autopsy techniques. Students in BIO 375 will initially gain experience through observations and gradually progress to assisting in the autopsy procedure. Beginning in the later stages of BIO 375 and continuing into BIO 376, student teams will perform complete autopsies in rotating fashion. Teams of three will begin with each member of the team performing one component of the autopsy (i.e. cranial, thoracic, and abdominal), and rotating in successive autopsies until all members of the team have performed a complete autopsy. Four hours of laboratory per week.

 

for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website. For a list of every course available in the Biology programs, click here