Master of Science in Nursing / Forensic Nursing
Duquesne University

Program Details

Sometimes as a nurse you are faced with patients who were crime victims, requiring you to act in a different manner when treating them so as not to interfere with any future investigation.  The online MSN / Forensic Nursing degree program is designed to provide students with the medical skills required for effective nursing as well as the skills required to help law enforcement and legal professionals do their jobs effectively.  For example, you will learn how to treat sexual assault victims, provide trauma-informed care, serve as a patient advocate, preserve the chain of evidence, and more.

As one of the only programs that offers an in-depth study in all areas of forensic practice, this master’s in nursing from Duquesne University was designed to prepare students for leadership roles in this emerging field.  The curriculum focuses on addressing violence and its consequences in our communities, creating opportunities for the unique contributions of nurses.  Part of this training is SANE-A certification, preparing you to sit for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification exam.  Other topics in this broad-based curriculum include:

  • Ethics
  • Criminal law
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health care policy

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Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Duquesne University is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • This program requires a three-day residency on campus.
  • Students must have at least one year of full-time work experience as an RN prior to registration in clinical or specialty courses.