Forensic Nursing Graduate Certificate (Online)
This program provides an opportunity for advanced practice nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing from accredited programs to acquire specialization in forensic nursing. Forensic nursing is the application of nursing science to public or legal proceedings and the integration of the forensic aspects of health care with the bio-psycho-social education of the professional nurse. Students are prepared to deal with the prevention, scientific investigation, and treatment of victims of trauma and/or death as well as the investigation and treatment of perpetrators of abuse, violence, criminal activity and traumatic accidents. The program is offered completely online.
Requirements and curriculum
The program consists of specialized courses in forensic nursing and related courses for a total of 21 credits. Four of the nursing courses contain a clinical/laboratory component, including a more extensive practicum. All courses are offered online.
|A. Required cognates in the Forensic Nursing concentration:|
|NURS 8410 Criminal Law: Substantive and Procedural||3 S.H.|
|NURS 8500 Forensic Science and Technology||3 S.H.|
|B. Required nursing courses in the Forensic Nursing concentration:|
|NURS 8000 Introduction to Forensic Nursing||3 S.H.|
|NURS 8130 *Scientific Foundations for Forensic Nursing Interventions||3 S.H.|
|NURS 8200 *Forensic Nursing: Caring for Victims||3 S.H.|
|NURS 8300 *Forensic Nursing: Caring for Perpetrators||3 S.H.|
|NURS 9500 *Practicum in Forensic Nursing||3 S.H.|
|Total for Certificate||21 S.H.|
|* These courses have a clinical component for a total of 360 hours.|
Death Investigator, Legal Nurse Consultant, Medico-legal Investigator, Advocate, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Forensic Nurse Hospital Based Expert, Risk Management Specialist, Forensic Mental Health Consultant
HOW TO APPLY
at a Glance
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.
Admissions Requirements (PDF)
This certificate program is offered completely online.
While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.
Suggested sequence of courses (PDF)
Accredited in 2005 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency
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