Which Schools Offer a Forensic Nursing Certificate Online?

Forensic nursing covers the 'CSI' side of the nursing profession, which includes evidence collection and law enforcement investigations in trauma, assault and sexual crimes. Read on to learn more about this career and which schools offer an online forensic nursing certificate. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Forensic Nursing

If you're a busy health care provider looking to expand your knowledge of forensic nursing, you may be interested in distance learning or online education. The International Association of Forensic Nurses provides a list of schools with forensic nursing education programs, including those with an online or distance learning focus.

Important Information About Forensic Nursing Education

PrerequisitesStudents typically are required to be one of the following; registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician's assistant, SANE certified nurse, or a licensed paramedic
Common CoursesLegal overview, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, vulnerable persons, sexual assault, evidence collection, and correctional health care
Online AvailabilityMany programs are offered fully online
Possible CareersForensic nurse, forensic nurse investigator, death investigator, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), legal nurse consultant, forensic mental health consultant, advocate, medico-legal investigator, risk management specialist

University of California - Riverside: Forensic Nursing Certificate

The online Forensic Nursing Certificate offered by the University of California - Riverside covers evidence collection and identification, triage and the conduct of sexual assault examinations. The curriculum includes courses on recognizing firearms injuries, collecting and preserving evidence, and providing effective courtroom testimony. The program is appropriate for nurses, paramedics, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and other health care workers.

Fitchburg State College: Certificate in Forensic Nursing

In Massachusetts, Fitchburg State College offers a fully online graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing program. Like many forensic nursing certificate programs, it's designed for people who are already RNs or who have previous educational experience in the field. The curriculum focuses on nursing practice, including caring for crime victims and criminal perpetrators. Criminal law may also be covered as part of this certificate program.

Johns Hopkins University: Advanced Forensic Nursing Certificate

The forensic nursing program, Forensics for Healthcare Professionals, offered by Johns Hopkins University - ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best graduate medical schools in the country - is a blended 2-semester program. The curriculum includes studies in injury pathology, family violence and ways in which forensic nurses respond to mass casualty and disaster incidents. In collaboration with Flinders University in Australia, a global course in the fundamentals of forensic health care address methods for collecting evidence and supporting patients in cases of sexual assault, child abuse and neglect.

Penn State: Undergraduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing

Through Penn State Online, students can pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing. They can learn how to recognize victims of violent crime, collect evidence and process forensic documents. Students must complete four courses totaling 12 credits to earn this certificate. Course topics could include patterns of injury, evidence preservation, societal impacts of violence and professional responsibilities of forensic nurses.

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