Forensic Nursing

Forensic nursing is a relatively new subspecialty of nursing, and the men and women who work in this career field do so in different settings and in various roles.

In the United States, the most common patient population for forensic nurses to work with is those who have been sexually assaulted.

Forensic nurses are often the ones who interview and examine victims of sexual crimes, collect evidence, collaborate with law enforcement officials and provide expert testimony.

In a 2006 forward to the book, Forensic Nursing: a Handbook for Practice, Vice President Joseph Biden wrote, “Forensic nurses play an integral role in bridging the gap between law and medicine.  They should be in each and every emergency room.” 

There is incredible value to having them there.  Victims of sexual assault suffer physically and psychologically at the hands of their attackers.  Without quality, sensitive health care, they may be forced to wait for long periods of time before they can be seen by already overworked staff.  They can be further traumatized during the invasive medical examinations, interviews, and evidence collection.

List of Forensic Nursing Programs

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Binghamton University

Binghamton, NY

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: Post Masters Certification
Programs: Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: RN to MSN
Programs: MSN Forensic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Cleveland State University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Forensic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Duquesne University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: MSN Forensic Nursing, Post Master's Certificate Forensic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, NJ

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Adult Gerontology Forensic Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Fitchburg State University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: RN to MSN, Post Masters Certification
Programs: Online MSN Forensic Nursing, Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Governors State University

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: Forensic Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: ACEN Baccalaureate, ACEN Master's
La Roche College

Pittsburgh, PA

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: Post Masters Certification
Programs: Forensic Nursing Certificate Program
Accreditation: ACEN Associate, ACEN Baccalaureate, ACEN Master's
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 72.73% (2014)
Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: BSN to MSN
Programs: MSN Forensic Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's
Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: Undergraduate Certificate Nursing Forensic
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's, ACEN Associate, ACEN Baccalaureate, ACEN Master's
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 78.89% (2014)
University of Indianapolis

(This school offers distance learning options for some courses)

Specialties: Forensic Nursing
Degree Types: Post Baccalaureate Certification
Programs: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Graduate Certificate
Accreditation: CCNE Baccalaureate, CCNE Master's, ACEN Associate
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 86.50% (2013)