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Learn essential forensic nursing skills with a specialized RN to MSN.

Forensic nursing is the practice in which health care and legal systems intersect.

Aspen’s CCNE-accredited RN to MSN program with a Forensic Nursing specialization helps nurses understand and adapt to advancements in new forensic research and techniques.

Forensic nurses have a unique body of knowledge, which serves a critical role. Education is a crucial component to staying up-to-date in the industry. To ensure accurate results, nurses must be unbiased, thorough and diligent in their work at crime scenes, in the lab, and in the courtroom.

This specialization 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 (Forensics) 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 does not yet have a BSN – and need an accredited, adaptable, and affordable online MSN program – then this program is for you!

What is the Capstone Project?

This degree program requires the successful completion of a capstone project. It provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and commitment to ultimately improving health outcomes. Be proud of your Capstone and show off your knowledge!

Practicum courses are performed within a clinical practice or academic setting allowing students to apply concepts under the direct supervision of a Preceptor.

Other RN-MSN Specializations

Download the 2018 MSN Handbook

Download the 2018 MSN Preceptor Handbook

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Associate Degree in Nursing – Official transcript demonstrating an associate degree in nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing, 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.
  • 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.
  • Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
  • Liberal Arts Courses – Completion of 50 semester credit hours of liberal arts education coursework. Students who are short liberal arts credits may take liberal arts courses while enrolled in the program. All required liberal arts courses must be completed prior to registering for the bridge proctored exam.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)