MSN in Forensic Nursing with
Certification in Investigative Forensics

The MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics program prepares graduates for employment in investigative forensic positions found throughout the legal system, health system, and other organizations.

Graduates possess sophisticated knowledge of the law and forensic science required to provide leadership to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate investigative services. The criminal justice focus of this curriculum assists in the development of knowledge and skills of the law and investigative science.  The concurrent development of an expertise in the nursing sciences allows students to develop a theoretical understanding of nursing as both a science and practice.

In addition to the MSN and specified MCJ courses, students complete two forensic specialty courses that synthesize the nursing and criminal justice curricula. The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases will produce a graduate who not only can assume a leadership role but also can impact the relationships between law, victims, service providers, and health systems.

Christian moral and ethical principles guide communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

Upon graduation, MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Forensic Nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), once they complete the required number of practice hours (2,000) in the specialty area.  Students will also be eligible to apply for SANE-A and/or SANE-P certification upon completion of the required number of SANE-A and/or SANE-P practice hours.

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years

  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online and hybrid courses

  • Complete core courses completely online or in hybrid format 

  • Complete advanced core and specialty/clincal courses in hybrid format

Clinical Placements coordinated by the University

  • Student placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond

Program Summary

Courses: 15 courses + Capstone Portfolio
Total Credit Hours: 51
Clinical Practicum Hours: 375

Sample Part-time Plan*

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1

 

NU 522 Health Policy    3 cr.

NU 626 Pathophysiology  3 cr.

NU 538 Health Informatics 3 cr.

NU 628 Advanced Pharmacology  4 cr.

NU 530 Applied Research 3 cr.
YEAR 2

NU 536 Population Health  3 cr.

NU 622 Advanced Physical Assessment  4 cr.

CJ 510 Forensic Science 3 cr.

CJ 535 Medicolegal Investigation  3 cr.

CJ 532 Advanced Crime Scene Investigation 3 cr.

CJ 533 Behavioral Criminology  3 cr.

CJ 544 Forensic Anthropology  3 cr.
YEAR 3 CJ 516 Forensic Psychology  3 cr. NU 727 Forensics Practicum I  5 cr./150 hrs.

NU 728 Forensics Practicum II 4 cr./225 hrs.

NU 799 Capstone Portfolio  1 cr.


 *This is a sample only. Upon full acceptance to the program, students will consult with their assigned advisor to determine a plan based on seat availability, semester start and individual needs.

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions »

MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics Program Description

The MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics program prepares graduates for employment in investigative forensic positions found throughout the legal system, health system, and other organizations. Graduates possess sophisticated knowledge of the law and forensic science required to provide leadership to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate investigative services. The criminal justice focus of this curriculum assists in the development of knowledge and skills of the law and investigative science.  The concurrent development of an expertise in the nursing sciences allows students to develop a theoretical understanding of nursing as both a science and practice. The ultimate synthesis of these knowledge bases will produce a graduate who not only can assume a leadership role but also can impact the relationships between law, victims, service providers, and health systems. Christian moral and ethical principles guide communication, collaboration, and decision-making.

In addition to the MSN and specified MCJ courses, students complete two forensic specialty courses that synthesize the nursing and criminal justice curricula. Upon graduation, MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Forensic Nursing certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), once they complete the required number of practice hours (2,000) in the specialty area.  Students will also be eligible to apply for SANE-A and/or SANE-P certification upon completion of the required number of SANE-A and/or SANE-P practice hours.

 
Sequencing

Courses toward the MSN in Forensic Nursing degree with Certification in Investigative Forensics are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program. MCJ Investigative Forensics Concentration courses follow core and advanced core courses in the MSN Program. Finally, a sequence of clinical practicum courses complete the degree requirements. 

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics Program, graduates will:

1. Demonstrate an inner core of Christian humanistic values that guide the student's professional and personal decisions. [MSN Program Outcome # 1]

2. Apply ethical standards to investigative forensics activities across all practice settings. [MSN Program Outcome #2]

3. Apply principles of forensics and law to the practice of nursing. [MSN Program Outcome #6, 7, 9]

4. Evaluate violence and its consequences in our communities, defining and participating in opportunities that require the unique contribution of nurses. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 4, 7 ,9]

5. Develop expertise in resource utilization, collaboration, and communication that positively impact investigative outcomes. [MSN Program Outcome #4, 6, 7, 10]

6. Integrate the theory and knowledge from the disciplines of nursing and criminal justice in responding to challenges of an increasingly complex intersection of the legal and health care systems. [MSN Program Outcome #3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

7. Participate in the development and evaluation of health policy as it serves to benefit victims of violence. [MSN Program Outcome #5]

8. Integrate an advanced understanding of the use of technology and information systems in the criminal investigative field. [MSN Program Outcome #8]

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