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Forensic Nursing Certificate (FNC)

Nursing in secure environments

The practice of forensic nursing is characterized by complex clinical challenges and ethical dilemmas, making the educational needs of forensic nurses unique.

But what is forensic nursing? Forensic Nursing offers a bridge between medicine and the legal system. It is a relatively new, multi-faceted and evolving nursing specialty, with nurses working in emergency rooms, correctional institutions, critical care units, inpatient mental health facilities, and other areas where forensic expertise is needed.

About the certificate

The Forensic Nursing Certificate (FNC) is a self-paced, online professional development program designed to provide Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) with knowledge of forensic nursing in secure environments. The program is delivered online and links the theory, policy, and practice elements of forensic nursing in secure environments.

Access to a Windows or Apple (Mac) computer with an up-to-date internet browser is required.


To apply for this certificate, or any of the individual courses, you must be either:

  • A currently Registered Nurse (RN) in Canada
  • A currently Licensed/Registered Practical Nurse (LPN/RPN) in Canada

Note: The following must be included in your application to the program:

  • Proof of current nursing registration

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