Forensic Nursing Degree Programs

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Forensic Nursing Degree Programs
Forensic nurses collect evidence from victims for criminal cases. (nurse image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

Forensic nursing is an advanced level nursing career bridging the gap between health care and the legal system. Forensic nurses work with law enforcement agencies to help determine the severity of violent crimes. Job duties include collecting medical evidence from survivors and perpetrators of violent crimes as well as testifying in court. Along with a standard nursing education, forensic nurses must undergo specialised training through a degree program. Take note, forensic nursing degree programs require a bachelor's degree and a current nursing license.

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Duquesne University School of Nursing

Duquesne University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in forensic nursing. This graduate degree program features different areas of focus, which include: forensic psychiatric nurse, nurse investigator, sexual assault nurse, nurse coroner, clinical nurse specialist and forensic correctional nurse, among others. Coursework has been compiled through collaboration with the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law by the Duquese University School of Law. This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis; however, upon acceptance students must complete the program within six years. While courses are taken online, students are assigned a personal faculty adviser to assist throughout the program. As of 2010, the tuition for all students in the MSN Forensic Nursing program is £589 per credit. To apply, students must hold a current Registered Nurse license, Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, accumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum of one year work experience as a RN.

Duquesne University School of Nursing 711 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-396-4200 duq.edu

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in several forensic nursing specialities. These areas of concentration include: death investigation teams, emergency care, sexual assault nursing, elder abuse, intimate partner abuse, child abuse/neglect and psychiatric forensic treatment. To graduate, students must complete a total of 40 to 41 course hours. Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, minimum GPA of 3.0, have a current/valid nursing licensure and GRE (Gradate Record Exam) scores. To apply, students must fill out the MSN Degree Application, essay and two letters of recommendation. As of 2010, the tuition for all students enrolled in the MSN program is £29,809 per semester if living in university or off-campus housing. Students living with parents or relatives must pay £25,974 per semester.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing 525 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21205 410-955-7548 son.jhmi.edu

Monmouth University School of Nursing & Health Studies

The Monmouth University School of Nursing & Health Studies is located in West Long Branch, New Jersey and prepares nurses for advanced positions through hands-on training. This university offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a forensic nurse concentration degree. Courses within this program are delivered by industry professionals and cover topics such as advanced health assessment, issues in forensic nursing, advanced nursing practices, interpersonal violence and a forensic nursing practicum. To graduate, students must complete a total of 39 credits. Applicants for this program must have a BSN and have a final GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing related field may still apply; however, they will be required to take three undergraduate nursing courses prior to matriculation. Students must also hold a valid New Jersey RN License. As of 2010, the tuition for all students (residents and non-residents) is £530 per credit.

Monmouth University School of Nursing & Health Studies 400 Cedar Ave. West Long Branch, NJ 07764 732-571-3400 monmouth.edu

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