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Learn essential forensic nursing skills with a specialized MSN.


Forensic nursing is the practice in which health care and legal systems intersect. Aspen’s CCNE-accredited MSN program with a Forensic Nursing specialization helps nurses understand and adapt to advancements in new forensic research and techniques.

“I have nothing but great appreciation for Aspen University and the educators in it.”   -Ingrid A., MSN

Forensic nurses have a unique body of knowledge, which serves a critical role. For instance, a forensic nurse might care for an assault victim, provide health care in a correctional facility or provide forensic testimony in court.

To ensure accurate results, nurses must be unbiased, thorough and diligent in their work at crime scenes, in the lab, and in the courtroom. Education is a crucial component to staying up-to-date in the industry.

This online forensic nursing program equips students with:

  • Comprehensive forensic nursing knowledge
  • Organizational skills necessary for writing reports, taking photos and collecting evidence
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Strategies to collect, record and preserve essential evidence

Aspen MSN – Forensic Nursing graduates can:

  • Apply forensic nursing science foundational principles to public or legal proceedings
  • Work with law enforcement for public good
  • Provide specialized care and services to those who have experienced violence or trauma
  • Use clues on victims’ bodies in an ER or elsewhere to help determine what may have happened
  • Document clues to aid in a legal case or investigation
  • Serve as forensic nursing leaders

Is this program for me?

If you are an RN who has completed a BSN – and need an accredited, adaptable, and affordable online MSN program – then the MSN – Forensic Nursing program is for you!

RNs who do not yet have a BSN but would like to pursue their MSN may enroll in our RN to MSN Bridge Program.

We designed our program to be completed in as little as 2 years.

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Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Registered Nurse Licensure – Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

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