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How will your forensic nursing education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the forensic nursing education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 1,815 brick and mortar forensic nursing schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had forensic nursing programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  3. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, 165,151 students earned degrees in forensic nursing in the US. Of these students, 6,706 graduated from certificate programs in forensic nursing, 148,851 graduated from undergraduate programs in forensic nursing, and 9,594 graduated from graduate-level programs in forensic nursing.


Students can pursue education in forensic nursing at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Master's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Doctoral Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Certificate in Forensic Nursing

Forensic nursing students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their forensic nursing degree:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Theories of Violence
  • Patient Assessment
  • Law


On average in 2010, forensic nursing schools in the US charged $20,618 in tuition per year. The following forensic nursing schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150
  3. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, students paid $39,130

The forensic nursing schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your forensic nursing job compare?

A large number of forensic nursing majors become forensic nurses. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 31,390 forensic nurses working in the US. The states with the largest populations of forensic nurses are:

  1. Florida - 3,750 Forensic Nurses
  2. Maryland - 3,710 Forensic Nurses
  3. California - 2,260 Forensic Nurses

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for forensic nurses to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 23%
  2. Texas - 21%
  3. Oregon - 20%


On average, a forensic nurse earns a salary of $81,620 per year in the US. However, the salary for a forensic nurse can greatly vary based on factors such as location, work conditions or shift differentials. A forensic nurse in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,870 per year to more than $155,490 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a forensic nurse:

  1. South Carolina - $121,120 per year
  2. Maryland - $117,900 per year
  3. Washington DC - $103,140 per year

Forensic nurses in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Montana - $44,590 per year
  2. Wyoming - $50,900 per year
  3. Indiana - $52,900 per year

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forensic nursing?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Medical and Health Services Managers 282,990 $93,670 23.0%
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 31,390 $81,830 -45.8%
Forensic Science Technicians 12,390 $55,040 12.3%