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Forensic Nursing Schools

As a professor or instructor of forensic nursing classes at one of the 1,810 accredited forensic nursing schools in the country, you play a critical role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in forensic nursing, which encompasses forensic nursing training at the following levels:

  • Forensic Nursing Certificate
  • Associates degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Bachelors degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Masters degree in Forensic Nursing
  • PhD degree in Forensic Nursing


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Forensic nursing professionals

286,190 286,990 293,020 304,670 314,380
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

314,380 forensic nursing professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. This number has grown by 10% over the course of the past 4 years.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Forensic nursing professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by forensic nursing professionals, in 2010, was $76,790. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for forensic nursing professionals in the US was 29% more than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Forensic Nursing

$67,455 $70,360 $73,060 $73,535 $76,790
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 14% growth in forensic nursing professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Forensic Nursing Student enrollment growth by degree

65,318 398 157 128 78,803
51,348 835 922 1,123 71,849
162 2 1 3 523
5,558 227 239 263 10,523
2,974 24 31 11 7,322
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Forensic Nursing
  • Grey: Certificate in Forensic Nursing

The career outlook for forensic nursing professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the US, 125,360 students graduated from forensic nursing degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 169,020 students graduated from forensic nursing schools.

This represents a 35% change in 4 years. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from forensic nursing courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Forensic Nursing Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering forensic nursing programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 1582 forensic nursing schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 1850 schools.

Forensic Nursing Faculty Salaries

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