Fitchburg State University

160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697

Program Details

The online MSN / Forensic Nursing degree program is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue advanced leadership positions in the community and the health care system. Coursework explores the prevention, scientific investigation, and treatment of victims of trauma and/or death as well as the investigation and treatment of perpetrators of abuse, violence, criminal activity and traumatic accidents. Graduates may pursue careers such as:

  • Death Investigator
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
  • Forensic Mental Health Consultant

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    Program Overview

    • Degree Level:
    • Delivery Format:
      100% Online
    • Completion Time:
    • Tuition Basis :
      Per Semester Credit
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    • Out of State Rate:
    • Additional Fees :
    • Fees Overview :
      • Educational Services Fee (per credit): $115
      • Technology Fee (per credit): $7
      • Capital Projects Fee (per credit): $20
      • Online Program Fee (per credit): $58
    • Estimated Degree Cost - In State:
    • Estimated Degree Cost - Out Of State:
    • International Students Accepted:
    • Accelerated Degree:


    • An official transcript as a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate nursing program
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current US RN license (Applicants who reside and/or work outside the U.S. are not required to hold a US RN license but instead must possess a current license from the country they reside in or in which they will complete clinical coursework hours.)
    • Written two-part essay
    • A Background Check or a CORI (Criminal Offense Record Investigation) may be required by some clinical agencies. The cost of this Background Check/CORI is the responsibility of the student.
    • An alternative portfolio entry pathway is available to the RN, with non-nursing BA/BS degrees

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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