- Get an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) which takes 2 years or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) which takes 4 years.
- Pass the National Council Licensure Examination also known as the NCLEX-RN which gives you the license to practice Nursing or a RN.
Although there is no real certification to becoming a general Forensic Nurse, you can start with being certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner; that would need a few years of experience to be eligible for certification exams.
- Pass the Pediatric or Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification exam.
- Lastly, become a Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
Earning & Job Outlook
Forensic Nurses are RNs just specialized. It is not hard to find work at all since forensic nurses are the fastest growing nursing subspecialty, every emergency room everywhere (big and little city) will want a Forensic Nurse.