Forensic Nursing Degree Programs

A master's degree program in forensic nursing can provide you with the training you need to help the victims of violent offenses. Learn about program prerequisites, course topics and distance learning options. Discover the job duties and responsibilities of forensic nurses. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites for Forensic Nursing Degree Programs?

Forensic nursing degree programs are graduate-level programs. Depending on the institution to which you apply, you may have several options for enrolling in a Master of Science in Nursing program. While some schools may require you to hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and licensure as a registered nurse (RN), other programs may allow you to enter with a bachelor's degree in any field if you have completed courses in biology, statistics, chemistry and anatomy and physiology.

You may need to provide the following in addition to your undergraduate transcripts:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Graduate examination scores
  • Departmental interview
  • Statement of purpose
  • Medical evaluation
  • Health insurance

PrerequisitesBachelor's degree in nursing or related field, licensure as a registered nurse, undergraduate transcripts, statement of purpose, graduate examination scores
Common Course TopicsAutopsy, criminal investigation, healthcare, victims of violent crimes, criminal trials
Online DegreeYes; available to RNs with a bachelor's from an accredited school
Job SettingsHospital, adult protective services unit, forensics lab, psychiatric forensic treatment unit
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 31% growth (for Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners)*
Median Salary (2018)$113,930 (for Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study?

Forensic nursing combines healthcare instruction with criminal investigations and legal studies. Your studies may concentrate on identifying and treating living victims of violent crimes. You may also learn how to perform autopsies in a criminal investigation role. You may be taught how to analyze healthcare cases, formulate theories and prepare evidence for criminal trials. Your program may also involve a clinical component in which you work with community organizations to apply your classroom knowledge to practical situations.

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Forensic nursing master's degree programs are available fully online to registered nurses who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. The clinical component of an online program can be coordinated with your schedule and location. If you are not interested in earning a master's degree in forensic nursing, you may enroll in an online certificate program instead.

How Will I Use My Degree to Help People?

Once you graduate with your Master of Science in Forensic Nursing, you may be able to help your community in not only a healthcare provider role but also in a law enforcement capacity. You may treat victims in hospitals or collect and analyze evidence in a forensics lab. Additional occupational settings include adult protective services units and psychiatric forensic treatment units. You could play a role in sexual assault examiner programs and death investigations as an investigator, teacher or consultant.

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