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The Advanced Forensic Nurse (AFN) is a graduate nurse who is educated to practice in advanced forensic nursing in a variety of forensic nursing settings with individual patients and in systems. The AFN is a clinical expert, prepared to evaluate, diagnose, and manage commonly occurring trauma reactions of individual patients and their families who are intersecting with the legal system. The AFN promotes health through emotional and physical care of individual patients and their families following trauma, and promote primary, secondary, and tertiary care of populations in communities and systems. The AFN is prepared to obtain and assess health histories and physical examination data, order and interpret common diagnostic tests, identify actual and potential health problems, and formulate with the client/family a comprehensive plan of therapeutic measures that promote, maintain, or restore health following trauma. The plan may include consultation with or referral to other health professionals for complicated forensic medical management or to support systems in the community. The AFN is also prepared in public health and evaluation science for the purposes of managing systems by using concepts, theories, and frameworks that promote equity and minimize disparities of health in populations of forensic medical patients. Employment for Advanced Forensic Nurses includes a wide variety of leadership, administrative, and medical forensic practice roles, including leadership in systems and practice in roles that provides care to clients of all ages – from birth through death. Employers include hospitals, community based clinics, not-for-profit organizations, government systems, and entrepreneurial activities.   

Advanced Forensic Nurse Subspecialty Course Overview

Didactic content is provided in Forensic Nursing subspecialty courses and provides the student with a strong advanced primary care base for caring for patients with common health problems. Students who start course work in the Fall semester will take three semesters to complete the program.


Certification and Licensure


Once you successfully complete the 2 courses, you will have successfully obtained the didactic education requirements for your portfolio towards the national certification examinations for your specialty.  Nurse Practitioners also are licensed by the states in which they practice and are subject to the rules and regulations of that state's practice act.

For more information:

Subspecialty Course Coordinator
205.934.6790 |


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (