Polygraph Program

Course Description

This course provides American Polygraph Association accredited training in the field of forensic psychophysiology using polygraph techniques. The course provides current, state-of-the-art training by practicing professionals and researchers in the forensic psychophysiological detection of deception field. The course is developed and provided by Harrisburg Area Community College and is recognized by the American Association of Police Polygraphists and the National Polygraph Association and exceeds the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the field of forensic psychophysiological detection of deception.
  2. Utilize the latest major polygraph techniques being taught and used in the profession, particularly in the areas of drug/narcotics investigation, RICO and asset forfeiture testing and testing to identify potential terrorists and prevent terrorist activities.
  3. Utilize analog and extensive use computerized state-of-the-art polygraph instrumentation.
  4. Utilize test data analysis techniques, particularly in the identification of sophisticated use of countermeasures and the application of anti- and counter-countermeasure procedures.
  5. Utilize basic and advanced information and practice in productive communication, interviewing and interrogation methods.
  6. Conduct a professional and ethical forensic psychophysiological detection of deception examination.
  7. Perform in both an academic setting and as a practicing law enforcement polygraphist.



  1. Must be a sworn law enforcement officer and sponsored by your agency. No criminal convictions for any moral turpitude crimes or any crimes above a summary/petty offense level.
  2. Knowledge and proficiency with Windows computer operating system. Five years of full-time street or criminal investigative experience with a public law enforcement agency or military police unit.
  3. Successful completion of 60 college credits from a state/government-licensed institution (not including developmental courses) - official transcripts required
  4. Where less than 60 credits or five years experience, applicants will be evaluated by the selection board using 45 clock hours of documented, formal law enforcement classroom training to equate to one 3-credit college course with 900 clock hours required to equate to 60 college credits.


Course Length

12 weeks (480 hours)

Who May Attend This Course

Law enforcement officers assigned to drug law enforcement or to intelligence gathering and/or investigation and suppression of terrorist activities. Students are chosen by the contracting agency.