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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care

Entry Term Application Opening Date Deadline Date for all Credentials First Class Day
Summer 2020 November 1 March 1 May 2020

The Graduate Forensic Health Care Certificate curriculum will prepare Registered Nurses to excel in this rapidly developing field by drawing from a broad body of academic knowledge in forensic health care to assist victims of violence and trauma.

The course instruction is delivered online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education. This graduate-level curricula is available only to registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and an active, unencumbered RN license.

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.

Students enrolled in this 12 hour academic certificate program will complete three core courses totaling eight lecture hours, then complete four additional hours from elective courses. All courses are online.

Required Core Courses

  • FORS 601: Foundations of Forensic Health Care (two lecture hours)
  • FORS 602: Victimology: Clinical Implications and Applications (three lecture hours)
  • FORS 603: Impact of Violence Across the Lifespan (three lecture hours)
  • FORS 604: Forensic Investigation of Injury (two lecture hours)

Electives: Students choose combination totaling four credits

  • FORS 610: Forensic Sexual Assault Examiner Course (three lecture hours)
  • FORS 611: Clinical Pharmacology: Implications for Victims (one lecture hour)
  • FORS 612: Human Trafficking (one lecture hour)
  • FORS 613: Forensic Photography (one lecture hour)
  • FORS 614: Policy and Ethics Interpersonal Violence (one lecture hour)
  • FORS 615: Forensic Mental Health (one lecture hour)

Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and active, unencumbered RN license
  2. Apply Texas non-degree seeking Graduate Application and application fee
  3. Official college transcripts from each institution attended sent to Texas A&M University. Must be received by the application deadline date
  4. Professional resume or curricula vitae
  5. Essay/personal statement submitted electronically with the Apply Texas application or uploaded electronically in the Texas A&M University Applicant Information System Portal (AIS)
  6. Recommended minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all course work
  7. Applicants with foreign credentials must submit a transcript evaluation report directly to the College of Nursing and official documents to the university. See other requirements. Because the majority of course content is delivered online, international students often are not eligible to apply
  8. Admissions interview, if requested by Selection Committee
All required documents must be received by the deadline date.
 
NOTE: The College of Nursing does not require the GRE or the GMAT.

 

Degree & Licensure

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is both accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000 or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Applicants must hold a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license (if graduation from BSN program is pending, must show proof of conferred degree before entry and active RN licensure by the end of the first semester if admitted to the program). 

Application

Complete an Apply Texas Graduate application as a non-degree seeking student and pay a nonrefundable application fee. Select Forensic Health Care (NON-DEGREE SEEKING) as your major.

Please carefully review for more information on applying to Texas A&M University as a graduate non-degree seeking student.


Official Transcripts

The College of Nursing requires official college transcripts from each institution attended. You must request ALL transcripts early so they are received by the application deadline date.

In order to qualify for admission into a graduate non-degree (G6) program of study, an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree is required. For bachelor's degrees completed outside the United States, a separate statement of award of degree or diploma is also required. Applicants currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree may apply, however, the certificate will not be awarded until the degree is completed.

When mailing documents, include the appropriate Document ID Sheet.  You do not need to include the Document ID Sheet with items you upload via AIS.

If the registrar will not release your transcripts to you in a sealed envelope, transcripts may be sent by the registrar directly to:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

Transcripts are considered official if they have an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript are not considered official.

Applicants MUST list all colleges attended on the Apply Texas applications. Failure to list all institutions attended will result in an incomplete application.


Supporting Documentation

One Required Essay/Personal Statement

Required essay should be uploaded electronically with the Apply Texas application or via the Texas A&M University Applicant Information System (AIS) Portal.

Write to the following prompt: What is the role of forensics as it relates to health care today and how might obtaining this certificate enhance your professional development?

Please limit your discussion to 600 words.

Professional Resume

Resume must be uploaded electronically in the Texas A&M University Applicant Information System (AIS) Portal.

Applicants will be notified of the admission decision within six weeks of the application deadline. All communication from the Texas A&M College of Nursing is electronic. Official notifications will come through Applicant Information System (AIS). 

Currently enrolled Texas A&M University students will receive a decision directly from the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

No orientation is required for the certificate program.

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

  • Cumulative GPA on all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Admission essay
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Volunteer/community/military service
  • Leadership/involvement/awards in professional activities
  • TOEFL score, required by international applicants only
  • Interview, if requested by Selection Committee
  • History of withdraws, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

All of the items listed in this section are required for students admitted to the College of Nursing.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her laptop has the required software installed upon admission, and it is updated throughout his/her time as a student. At all times, the laptop should be capable of running the software below or contain the necessary hardware listed.

Upon admission, students will be given access to an orientation checklist. The checklist provides instructions on how to access each of the software programs listed. Completion of the technology orientation checklist is required prior to being given access to an individual's nursing academic courses.

Questions?  

If you have questions regarding any of the hardware or software required, contact the OIT Helpdesk at 1-800-799-7472 and identify yourself as a future nursing student or email the College of Nursing Instructional Design Team at nursing-design@tamhsc.edu.

 

Windows Requirements

  • Operating System. Windows 7 or 10.  Windows 8 is NOT supported. 
  • Processor. Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5 or i7 processor
  • Hard Drive. 250 GB hard drive or solid state drive
  • RAM. 8 GB
  • Battery Life.  Minimum of 6 hours required.  (8 hours recommended)
  • High Speed Internet Connection. We require a minimum connection speed of 20 Mbps.
  • Ethernet Port
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Internet Explorer Browser (free)
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser (free)
  • Chrome Browser (free)
  • Edge Browser (for Windows 10 users only) (free)
  • Java (free)
  • Microsoft Office 2016.  Once you are registered for classes, you can purchase this for $5 through Texas A&M's software store .
  • Examsoft. Software will be provided upon admission. Practice quiz will be provided. 
  • HESI Readiness.  Successfully complete practice (mock) HESI test at www.hesiinet.com
  • Adobe Reader (free)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free)
  • Windows Media Player (free)
  • Antivirus solution. We support Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7) and Windows Defender (Windows 10). Avoid Web Root, McAfee, or AVG due to conflicts with other required software.
  • Scanning capabilities. You may use a mobile app (such as Turbo Scan) or visit a store which provides scanning services (such as Fed Ex Office).
  • Webcam
  • Computer microphone
  • Computer headset and/or ear buds

Mac Requirements

  • Operating System. OS 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra
  • Processor. Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5 or i7 processor
  • Hard Drive. 250 GB hard drive or solid state drive
  • RAM. 4 GB
  • Battery Life.  Minimum of 6 hours required. (8 hours recommended)
  • High Speed Internet Connection. We require a minimum connection speed of 20 Mbps.
  • Ethernet Port
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Safari Browser (free)
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser (free)
  • Chrome Browser (free)
  • Java (free)
  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer.  Once you are registered for classes, you can purchase this for $5 through Texas A&M's software store.
  • Examsoft. Software will be provided upon admission. Practice quiz will be provided. 
  • HESI Readiness.  Successfully complete practice (mock) HESI test at www.hesiinet.com
  • Adobe Reader (free)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free)
  • Antivirus solution. You may choose which antivirus solution to use, but you must have one. 
  • Scanning capabilities. You may use a mobile app (such as Turbo Scan) or visit a store which provides scanning services (such as Fed Ex Office).
  • Webcam
  • Computer microphone
  • Computer headset and/or ear buds