Master of Science in Nursing / Forensic Nursing
Fitchburg State University

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


  • 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

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

New England Commission of Higher Education