Students who choose the forensics track are provided with advanced study of forensic nursing practice. According to the American Board of Forensic Nursing, forensic nursing is the application of science and the art of nursing to both criminal and civil investigations and legal matters. This track is intended to prepare nursing graduate students for further studies in various clinical roles such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Forensic Psychiatric Nurse, Legal Nurse Consultant, Forensic Nursing Death Investigator and/or Nurse Coroner. The courses are individualized so as to give an in-depth application of nursing principles in both criminal and civil investigations and legal matters.
Forensics Track Courses (10 semester hours)
(required in addition to the 26 semester hour MSN core, synthesis and application)
NURS 648 Foundations of Forensic Nursing (4)
CJUS 439 Criminalistics II OR CJUS 449 Criminalistics III (3)
NURS 642 Psych/Social/Legal Aspects of Forensics (2)
NURS 779 Interprofessional Collaboration (1)
In addition to the MSN Forensics Track, a dual MSN/MSCJ is another option for qualified registered nurses who are interested in pursuing forensic nursing.
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