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Forensic Nursing Certificate

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Forensic nursing is a delicate area of nursing that bridges the gap between health care and law enforcement. Nurses with a forensic certificate are responsible not only for caring for the wounds of traumatized crime victims but also for gathering evidence crucial to bringing perpetrators to justice.

The post baccalaureate certificate in forensic nursing is a collaborative effort between the Clarion University Venango College’s Department of Nursing and the Criminal Justice program.

This unique, online certificate initiative has been created to meet both the local and national demand for nurses who seek to acquire the necessary skills to provide forensic assessments and treatment to victims of violent crimes. Forensic nurses integrate criminal justice and nursing sciences in their assessment and care of victims of physical, psychological, and social trauma. At the completion of the core courses, student will participate in a 5 day face-to-face hands-on training seminar followed by a 45-hour practicum experience. Following the program, students are eligible to sit for the Sexual Assault Nurses Examination (SANE) for pediatrics and/or adults/adolescents.

When nurses receive their forensic nursing certificate, they will be able to:

  • Identify the pathology of intentional or unintentional violent outcomes in and outside of the hospital
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate the needs of a violent crime victim
  • Collect and analyze crime scene evidence and victim testimony
  • Collaborate with the designated criminal justice and advocacy agency officials working these types of cases
  • Demonstrate expertise in comprehensive emergency and disaster preparedness
  • Develop, implement and disseminate professional and community education programs that address prevention and intervention strategies regarding violent crime victimization

Forensic Nursing Certificate Courses

The program consists of five online three-credit courses and one three-credit hybrid online seminar/practicum course.

  • NURS 400: Violence Prevention in Health Care
  • NURS 410: Introduction to Forensic Nursing
  • NURS 420: Forensic Nursing and the Criminal Justice System
  • NURS 430: Applied Principles and Techniques of Forensic Interviewing and Investigation
  • NURS 440: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Nurses
  • NURS 460: Forensic Nursing Seminar and Practicum