If you live in the state of West Virginia and wish to become a forensic scientist, you should know that you will need an education in order to succeed in the field. For some, though, actually getting that education can seem next to impossible. This is especially true for those who have to balance their quest for a diploma with family responsibilities and/or a job that they need for the income.

If you fall into one or both of these categories or have other things going on that will make it tough for you to get a traditional education, don’t worry; there is another option.

More and more West Virginia residents are choosing to earn their forensic science degrees online, right from the comfort and security of their own homes. Many online programs even allow you to make your own schedule and to work at your own pace, allowing you to get your education no matter what challenges you may be facing.

The only important thing to keep in mind is that the online school that you choose should be fully accredited. There are, unfortunately, a lot of scams out there, and you will need to be careful and selective in order to avoid them.

Some people prefer to attend online degree programs that are still based at an institution in the state. This can be a smart move, because it makes asking questions and filling additional degree requirements much simpler. Plus, when the school affiliated with your program is nearby, you’ll have no doubts about how legitimate it is.

Some options like this include the American Public University System, which is based out of Charlestown and offers online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and security management, as well as online master’s degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security, and intelligent studies, as well as certification programs in forensics.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, located in Martinsburg, which offers an online degree in forensic computer examination; and Mountain State University, located in Beckley, and offering both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Of course, since there are online institutions based all over the world, you don’t have to choose one with a physical base in your state. In fact, as long as a school is accredited, it really doesn’t matter one bit where its home base is.

Some schools from around the nation that West Virginia residents have attended include Broadview University, American Intercontinental University, Anthem College, Berkley College, Everest College of Phoenix, Florida Tech University, Globe University, Harrison College, Keiser university, LeTourneau University, Liberty University, Lincoln College of Technology, Rasmussen College, Santa Barbara Business College, Strayer University, Colorado Technical University, Everest University, Kaplan University, South University, the University of Phoenix, Virginia College, Argosy University, Ashford University, National University, Post University, Salem International University, Bellevue University, Capella University, Grand, Notre Dame de Namur University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Each of these schools are known for offering programs, of varying degree levels, in various aspects of the forensic science and criminal justice fields. It is a great idea to spend some time making certain any of these accredited colleges will suit your individual needs.

They are all known for being legitimate, accredited institutions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that one of them will be the best choice for you. In the end, only you can research different online educational options and decide upon the school and program that will get you to where you want to be both personally and professionally.