Medicolegal Death Investigator Course

Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for both entry-level students and working professionals. We give you the training you need to work death investigations properly. This course is perfect for Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and entry-level students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations.

“The Death Investigation Training Academy has been instrumental in me getting a job in the field of Medicolegal Death investigations”

Amanda Beasler


“Informative and well structured. Meeting a national need for standardized training.”

Terri Armetna

Forensic Science Academy


Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other training today, this course offers a blended learning style combining online self-paced video training, along with opportunities for live interaction with instructors several times throughout the program.

Students have extended access to all training material to come back to and review when needed as the course is completed. In addition, students maintain access and contact information to instructors within the discussion communities and email for future questions or consultations.


Tuition cost for Death Investigation Academy is $825.
Giving you full unrestricted access to the Online Academy.

**Price includes all manuals, eTexts, and downloadable reference material.

About the Death Investigation Training Academy course.

Topics Covered

  • Scene Management
  • Scene Investigation
  • Evidence Collection
  • Scene Documentation
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Collecting Fluids
  • Specific Death Types
  • Personal Development
  • Death in Differing Cultures
  • and much, much , more

School Design

  • Video Training
  • Additional Reading
  • Practical Assignments
  • Downloadable Material
  • Section Quizzes
  • Instructor Interactions
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Long Term Access
  • Certification Exam
  • Final Examination

Why this School

  • Nationally Approved
  • 40+ hours of Training
  • ABMDI Education Credits
  • Investigation Specific
  • Hybrid Content LE/C
  • Downloadable Material
  • Access to Instructors
  • Taught by working professionals
  • Open to non-working students

    Starting Dates

    The MDI Online Academy is offered several times per year. Students will enroll in advance, and all start at the same time. Currently scheduled start dates:

    What students are saying about the course.

    This is a great introduction to death investigation! I have been an emergency nurse for 23 years and I cannot tell you how much this program taught me! So many concepts should be taught to ER nurses, Medics, and anyone caring for victims of crime! I will recommend this program to my forensic nursing professors and students!
    Bridget Peterson
    This course was invaluable to me as someone new to the profession of death investigation. It went over every aspect/consideration of a death investigation and did so in a very practical, hands-on way. The instruction was straightforward while still being thoughtful and considerate of the nature of the business. Being able to go through the sections at my own pace, from home, was important, and the video instruction and online support were as good as if I had been present in a classroom. With this course as my base, I can better contribute to the job I was hired to do, but where actual job experience would take me years to learn what I did through this course in a few weeks.
    Alicia G.
    As an MDI in Indiana, I look for courses to help keep me refresh my skills and learn new insights. This course was ideal. Each segment had great information and was well presented. Thank you!
    Morris Mott
    Great course!! Darren and the rest of the staff were awesome, kind, and professional. I would recommend this course for those that want to begin a career in death investigation.
    Brady Frederick
    I initially began this course as a way of bettering myself while doing Death Investigations from a Law Enforcement standpoint. Much of the course is new information and also a great deal of much-needed refresher. After 34 years in Law Enforcement, things do get rusty! The self-paced setup is a great way to learn. You can always go back and review if needed. Downloads are really good to keep on your laptop, you never know when you'll need to review something. I'm retiring from Law Enforcement and will be starting as a Death Investigator soon. It's a way to retire without losing total contact with the world that has been my life. This course I believe made this switch over possible. Even if you don't care to move into the realm of Death Investigation, this course should be taken by all Law Enforcement who are called into scenes involving deaths.
    Byron J.
    Thank you Darren and everyone at DIT Academy for creating this training and giving people like me who want to enter the death investigation field, a way to do that without knowing someone in the business already. This training is beyond incredible! I have done a lot of research, reading, and training in my own before completing the course but I learned so much more and gained invaluable resources. Thank you again to the entire DITA Team!!
    Jennifer Forrester
    If you are looking to get into forensics or are thinking of a career change you have definitely found the right program. Thanks to Darren, Tammy and their team I passed my final and have recently just passed the National ABMDI exam. I could have never done it without this program. Thank you!
    Melissa Mann


    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 for at least six months. After six months it is not guaranteed the course will be available. This however does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

    What courses are the instructors live and interactive in?

    This course is designed in such a way that one or more instructors will  3-4 times throughout the following six weeks.  These are not tied to any particular course or set of courses, but rather at regular intervals during the first six weeks.

    Do we get a certificate for each course or one at the end?

    The Coroner School™ / Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all coursework. 

    How do I become certified after taking the course?

    After you have completed the course you will be given an option to take the certification examination. This is an optional online exam given by a third-party testing company and taken at a proctor exam location such as a college or library. 

    Does the Acdemy offer anything like student grants or any financial assistance?

    No, at this time we do not have any financial assistance available.

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

    If you have other questions, please email us here.

    Do you have a payment plan option?

    Yes. We offer a 3-month payment plan option available during registration.

    What is the refund policy?

    Students will receive a full refund of tuition (minus credit card fess) to the online MDI training program prior to the start of the course. However, if a student has begun the course, the following refund policy will be in place.
    Should a student cancel enrollment after the three (3) business day cancellation period, the school will provide a fair and equitable refund formula. The refund formula is as follows:
    Refund Example:

    • 10% course completion is 90% Refund
    • 25% course completion is 75% Refund

    *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more*

    What if I need to extend access to the course?

    If you have not completed your course within the 6-month access period and would like to renew or extend the time you can do that for $300 which will extend your access for another 180 days.  You will need to email the request for an extension and work with student support to get that done.