NFA Collegiate Program


The Program

The UT National Forensic Academy has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Martin to offer an in-residence, three-week National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program for criminal justice undergraduate/graduate students. The goals of the program are:

    • Prepare students for a career in the criminal justice field
    • Increase knowledge of forensic science
    • Provide hands-on experience through practical exercises and real-life crime scene scenarios
    • Exposure and instruction from nationally recognized subject matter experts
    • To mirror the award winning 10-week in-residence National Forensic Academy that is only offered to law enforcement personnel


In summer 2008, the NFA opened its new facility within the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center in Oak Ridge. The facility was designed to provide the most complete and comprehensive learning environment for students. It includes a Smart Classroom, Multi-Station Laboratory, Photography Room and Experiment Room. Students also will gain knowledge and experience from various offsite training locations to include the University of Tennessee’s outdoor ‘boneyard’.

College Credit and Cost

Participants will receive nine hours of undergraduate credit for completion of the program. The total cost to attend the NFA Collegiate Program is $4,800 which includes tuition, curriculum, housing in fully furnished apartments, training materials and equipment usage. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the apartments and training sites, meals and uniforms/dress code.

Scholarships for Criminal Justice Students

Tennessee International Association for Identification Scholarship (TN Resident Only):

Financial Aid for Criminal Justice Students:

Careers in the Criminal Justice Field:

Student Resources for Criminal Justice Majors:


Criminal Justice Majors
Or as approved by Instructor of Record

For more information, contact Tim Schade at or by phone 865-946-3236.


Crime Scene Management
Digital Photography
Latent Fingerprint Processing
DNA for the Crime Scene Investigator
Crime Scene Mapping
Forensic Anthropology
Shooting Incident Reconstruction
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

To register for this program, contact:

Dr. Brian Donavant
Criminal Justice Program

NFA Collegiate Program Instructor of Record
University of Tennessee, Martin
Department of Behavioral Sciences

119 Sociology Building
Martin, Tennessee 38238

Phone: (731) 881-3510


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