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MSN Forensic Nursing

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing-Forensic Nursing track prepares the graduate to care for victims and perpetrators of traumatic events or criminal acts through completion of a 36-semester credit hour curriculum. While caring for their patients, the forensic nurse is also responsible for observing, recognizing, collecting and documenting forensic evidence related to the traumatic event or criminal act for subsequent use in civil or criminal legal proceedings. The course instruction is delivered primarily online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education.

Admitted students will be asked to travel to the Bryan-College Station campus for a one-day New Student Conference prior to the start of the program and a limited number of class activities. Advanced Health Assessment requires students to complete a total of 45 hours on the Bryan-College Station campus to meet the clinical objectives of the course as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for any MSN degree. Students will complete the clinical hours in two separate on-campus visits requiring overnight stays for students at a distance. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own preceptors for two courses taken in the later semesters. Further information on preceptors will be provided at orientation.

Students who relocate from one state to another state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

MSN Forensic Nursing Curriculum

Prefix and Number Required Course SCH
NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 654 Prevention and Population Health 3
NURS 651 Quality Improvement and Health Informatics 3
NURS 652 Scholarship and Integration and Application 3
NURS 656 Leadership and Health Policy II 3
NURS 617 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 618 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 638 Advanced Clinical Practicum and Project 3
NURS 601 Foundations of Forensic Health Care 2
NURS 602 Victimology: Clinical Implications and Applications 3
NURS 603 Impact of Violence Across the Lifespan 3
NURS 604 Forensic Investigation of Injury 2

TOTAL (plus two or more hours of elective from choices below)

34

Elective Courses

Select from the following:

NURS 610. Forensic Sexual Assault Examiner Course (3-0). Credit 3.

NURS 611. Clinical Pharmacology: Implications for Victims (1-0). Credit 1.

NURS 612. Human Trafficking (1-0). Credit 1.

NURS 613. Forensic Photography (1-0). Credit 1.

NURS 614. Forensic Healthcare Policy and Ethics (1-0). Credit 1.

NURS 615. Forensic Mental Health (1-0). Credit 1.

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

The MSN–Forensic Nursing track prepares the graduate to care for victims and perpetrators of traumatic events or criminal acts that result in trauma or death. While caring for their patients, the forensic nurse is also responsible for observing, recognizing, collecting and documenting forensic evidence related to the traumatic event or criminal act for subsequent use in civil or criminal legal proceedings.

The majority of course instruction is delivered online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education. Students complete 36 semester credit hours in six semesters taking six hours each term, including summers, to earn the degree.

Students will be asked to come to the Bryan-College Station campus for orientation and a limited number of class activities. When taking NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment, students will be expected to attend two separate on-campus clinical experiences for a total of 45 hours to meet the clinical objectives of this course as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for any MSN degree. Each clinical experience will include three full days of activities requiring overnight stays for students at a distance. Students will be responsible for obtaining their own preceptors for two courses taken in the later semesters. More information will be provided at new student orientation.

Students who relocate from one state to another state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

For questions, contact the College of Nursing at 979-436-0110 or CONadmissions@tamhsc.edu.

 

Application Opening Date May 1
Application Deadline July 15
Mandatory Orientation January
First Class Day January (spring term)
 
 

Admission Criteria

Admission to the college is competitive and applicants are evaluated on the following basis:

  • Cumulative GPA on all coursework
  • GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Admission essay(s)
  • References - three academic and/or professional references
  • Prior clinical experience in forensic nursing
  • Volunteer/community/military service
  • Leadership/involvement/awards in professional activities
  • Professional experience/certification
  • TOEFL score, required of international applicants only
  • Interview, if requested by Selection Committee
  • History of withdraws, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and RN license
  2. Primary Application: NursingCAS Application and nonrefundable application fee
  3. Secondary Application: Apply Texas application and nonrefundable application fee
  4. Official college transcripts from each institution attended (sent to NursingCAS)
  5. Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day
  6. Personal statement essay (submitted in NursingCAS)
  7. Three professional reference evaluations (submitted in NursingCAS)
  8. Professional resume (submitted in NursingCAS)
  9. Recommended minimum 3.0 cumulative and last 60 hour GPA
  10. Prior clinical experience as a forensic nurse is strongly recommended
  11. International applicant credentials (if applicable)
  12. Admissions Interview, if requested by Selection Committee

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half