- Registered nurses
- Other licensed medical professionals
What You'll Learn
- Identify and properly collect forensic evidence within the health care setting to withstand legal scrutiny.
- Communicate with the various members of the multi-disciplinary forensic team.
- Determine treatment for triage and emergency intervention for patients who exhibit potential forensic issues.
- Identify basic policies and procedures required for conducting sexual assault examinations.
- Analyze the social and political implications of escalating violence.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in a variety of venues including, but not limited to, a hospital, clinic, coroner's office, law enforcement office, law firm, correctional institution, or mental health office/facility. They might include:
- Forensic Nurse
- Forensic Nurse Investigator
“As a single mom, I am so thankful for the flexibility that UCR Extension offered while completing the Forensic Nursing Professional Certificate program. I was able to complete my tests and assignments at a time that was convenient for me, all the while being challenged daily by the knowledgeable experts in the forensic field.”
Valley Children's Hospital of Central California
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet ONE of the following minimum requirements:
- Registered nurse
- Licensed vocational nurse or equivalent
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician's assistant
- SANE certified nurse
- Licensed paramedic
ELECTIVE UNITS: Current SANE certification may be acceptable in lieu of university/college-level credit. A copy of your certification will be required. Please contact the Extension program coordinator for additional details.
UCR Extension is an accredited provider of California Board of Registered Nursing credit.
All courses provide California Board of Registered Nursing continuing education credit.
Registered Nurse continuing education totaling 20 hours or more may be acceptable in lieu of university/college level credit. These hours may be a combination of professional meetings, SANE training and other workshops where continuing education was earned.
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
Introduction to Forensic Science in Healthcare Settings
Forensic Approaches to Blunt Force and Firearm Injuries
Crime Scene Preservation and Death Investigation in Health Care Settings
Forensic Approaches to Domestic Violence
Occupational Considerations in Forensic Nursing
Forensic Photography in the Healthcare Setting
Courtroom Testimony by the Health Care Specialist
Forensic Approaches to Mental Health Assessment
Forensic Approaches to Human Abuse Injuries
“UCR Extension was the first in the U.S. to launch an online Sexual Assault Examiner course (SANE). Whether or not one intends to practice as a forensic nurse, the education UCR Extension offers medical professionals is invaluable and will add another dimension to one's objectivity, professionalism, and assessment skills.”
Cari L. Caruso
RN, SANE-A, Owner & CEO
Forensic Nurse Professionals
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