Nursing Forensics, Certificate

Program Code: NURFRC_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Nursing Forensics, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
NURS 245Violence and the Impact on Society Keystone/General Education Course3
NURS 409Introduction to Forensic Nursing3
NURS 410Forensic Evidence Collection and Preservation3
NURS 411Seminar in Forensic Nursing3

Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and analyze current forensic science and nursing issues and trends.
  2. Verbalize the complicated issues and variables surrounding violence in societies.
  3. Identify the role of the forensic nurse in the multidisciplinary team, providing service from initial contact through courtroom adjudication.
  4. Critically analyze the role of the forensic nurse in healthcare and private industry, criminal justice, community organizations, and law enforcement entities.

Academic Advising

University Park

Undergraduate Advising Office
210 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

World Campus

College of Nursing
Undergraduate Advising

201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

Career Paths

Forensics nurses connect the medical and legal communities by completing medical assessments and providing treatment to the individual, as well as collecting evidence and giving expert testimony to support criminal investigations. A general understanding of nursing forensics can support any nurse working in their traditional role in community and emergency services. However, nurses can also pursue more specialized forensic nursing roles with this certificate or continue onto advanced graduate degree programs and board certification.

Careers

Graduates of the Nursing Forensics Certificate Program obtain positions in hospitals, community anti-violence centers, medical examiners/coroner offices, corrections institutions, public health departments, and psychiatric hospitals. Typical roles could include:

  • medical examiner nurse investigator
  • forensic clinical nurse specialist
  • correctional facility nurse
  • emergency room forensic nurse
  • nurse coroner
  • assault or abuse nurse examiner
  • legal nurse consultant

Nurses interested in earning the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), or Advanced Forensics Nursing Board Certification, may use the undergraduate Forensic Nursing Certificate Program as a starting point for meeting eligibility requirements, though the certificate program will not fulfill all criteria. Additional information about these certifications can be found on the International Association of Forensic Nurses website.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Nurses interested in advancing their education in forensics nursing can pursue graduate-level forensic Nursing certificate and degree programs. Additionally, to apply for Advanced Forensics Nursing board certification, a graduate degree in nursing is required. Although Board Certification is not a requirement to practice in most areas, certification demonstrates expertise and a commitment to excellence in the area of forensics nursing. More information can be found on the International Association of Forensic Nurses website.

Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING OFFICE
210 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2229
nursing@psu.edu

https://www.nursing.psu.edu/undergraduate-certificates/

World Campus

COLLEGE OF NURSING
201 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-2242
mun138@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/forensic-nursing-certificate/overview