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Forensic Nursing (online)

Are you a registered nurse looking to pursue advanced leadership positions in the community and the health care system? Do you already hold a master’s degree? Earn a graduate certificate in forensic nursing to gain a specialization in the nursing field.

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Certificate Overview

This program provides an opportunity for advanced practice nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program 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

Forensic Nursing Graduate Certificate
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

Attend a Graduate and Continuing Education Information Session

Career Opportunities

  • Death Investigator
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Medicolegal Investigator
  • Advocate
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
  • Forensic Nurse Hospital Based Expert
  • Risk Management Specialist
  • Forensic Mental Health Consultant

Program at a Glance


Students may begin this program in the fall or spring terms each year. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • A current RN’s license*
  • A personal statement of career goals
  • Professional Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (References must be from professional sources, and one must come from a nurse academician.)
  • Graduate application and fee

*Applicants who reside and/or work outside the U.S. are not required to hold a U.S. RN License but instead must possess a current license from the country they reside in or in which they will complete clinical coursework hours.


This certificate program is offered completely online.

Total Credits

21 Credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees


Time Frame

While you may complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

The master of science degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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