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Course Summary

This course is approved for 4.5  hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the International Association for Identification  (IAI) for Blood Pattern and Crime Scene ceu's

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

This introduction Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) course is designed for the student who wants to learn how to correctly identify and document bloodstain patterns. It will begin with the fundamental principles of BPA and theories behind pattern formation and evolve to practical application demonstrations including scenario-based training and mock scenes.
By the end of the training, the student will feel comfortable understanding a scene and be able to understand the actions that could or could not have occurred. The student will also be able to make some preliminary decisions on whether what they are being told matches what they are seeing and to know when to contact an expert in bloodstain analysis. 

This class will be useful to crime scene investigators, coroner and medical examiner investigators, laboratory personnel who analyze bloodstained evidence, detectives who interview individuals involved in scenes of bloodshed, and prosecutors who should understand the discipline before presenting BPA evidence in court.

Our online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and, in some cases, a final exam. Student login times, location IP, and activity time within the course are tracked per student by Mixpanel to verify the time spent in the course if needed. Videos cannot be fast-forwarded or skipped, and testing cannot be done until the videos are fully watched.  

Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched, quizzes must be passed with a 100% so missing the proof of watch image will ensure the quiz is not passed and thus the student cannot move forward in the course.   Also, all quizzes are presented in random question-answer order so each quiz attempt will have questions and answers in an order different than previously shown. This prevents students from sharing answers with other students.  

Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

    • Join the Private Facebook Community

  • 02

    Course Objectives and Design

    • Course Objectives and Design (5minutes)

  • 03

    Section 1: What is Blood Pattern Analysis

    • What is Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) (3.5 minutes)

    • What Information Can be Obtained From BPA? (3 minutes)

    • Quiz: What is BPA and How is it Used?

  • 04

    Section 2: Scientific Foundations of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    • Scientific Foundations of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (6.5 minutes)

    • Quiz: Scientific Foundations of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

  • 05

    Section 3: History of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - Timeline

    • History of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - Timeline (5.5 minutes)

    • Quiz: History of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - Timeline

  • 06

    Section 4: Basic Anatomy and Physiology Related to BPA

    • Basic Anatomy and Physiology Related to BPA (3 minutes)

    • Quiz: Basic Anatomy and Physiology Related to BPA

  • 07

    Section 5: Blood Drop Formation

    • Blood Drop Formation (7minutes)

    • Quiz: Blood Drop Formation

  • 08

    Section 6: Blood vs. Surface: Characteristics of a Bloodstain

    • Blood vs. Surface: Characteristics of a Bloodstain (8 minutes)

    • Quiz: Blood vs. Surface: Characteristics of a Bloodstain

  • 09

    Section 7: Lab Demonstration: How Bloodstains are Created

    • Introduction to Lab Demonstrations (1 minute)

    • Drip Stains (17 minutes)

    • Transfer and Smear Patterns (11 minutes)

    • Blood Pool and Flow (14 minutes)

    • Blood Impact Patterns (18 minutes)

    • Arterial Spurt (12 minutes)

    • Altered Blood Stain Pattern (10 minutes)

    • Quiz: How Bloodstains are Created

  • 10

    Section 8: Spatter Pattern Identification and Calculations

    • Spatter Pattern Identification and Calculations (32 minutes)

    • Quiz: Spatter Pattern Identification and Calculations

  • 11

    Section 9: Crime Scene Case Study

    • Crime Scene Case Study (20 minutes)

    • Quiz: Case study review

  • 12

    Section 10: Ethical Considerations and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    • Ethics in BPA (5 minutes)

    • Quiz: Ethical Considerations

  • 13

    Reading and Resources

    • Instructor CV


    • Bloodstain Patterns Simplified

    • Bloodstain Patterns on Textile Surfaces: A Fundamental Analysis

    • Quantitative Analysis of High Velocity Bloodstain Patterns

    • Missouri Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.

  • What is the refund/exchange policy?

    The refund formula is as follows: Students may request a refund of an online course tuition prior to 30-days after purchase and if less than 50% of the course content has been accessed. Refunds are calculated based on the percentage of accessed content. For example, if 10% completed then a 90% refund will be issued, if 25% completed is 75% refund, and so on. *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more* Multiple payments for the same course: In cases where the student made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble.


Jeffrey Gentry has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has worked in law enforcement as a Deputy Coroner Medicolegal Death Investigator for over 13 years. Jeffrey is an ABMDI certified death investigator and has investigated over 2,500 complex medicolegal deaths. Jeffrey specializes in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and is an IAI certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst. Jeffrey has worked as a chemist in a Forensic Toxicology laboratory and has taught college level Forensic Science and Mathematics. He has given multiple lectures on Forensic Science and death investigation and has worked as a Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program Advisor. Jeffrey prepares annual coroner statistical reports and enjoys training new death investigators

Jeffrey Gentry