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Post Master’s Certificate in Forensic Nursing

Program Details

The online Certificate in Forensic Nursing program prepares students for a variety of nursing roles, such as sexual assault nurse, nurse coroner, nurse investigator, forensic psychiatric nurse, forensic correctional/institutional nurse, clinical nurse specialist, legal nurse consultant, and expert witness. Graduates are able to:

  • Apply the principles of law and forensic science to the practice of nursing
  • Develop and incorporate a collaborative approach with other disciplines in planning the care of victims of violence and/or the perpetrator
  • Demonstrate leadership in forensic nursing through active participation in health care policy and professional organizations and by developing roles for forensic nurses in all areas of practice


  • Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
  • A bachelor of science in nursing degree (preferred)
  • A master's of science degree in nursing
  • A minimum of 1 year full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required prior to registration in clinical or specialty courses

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.