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Overview

The field of forensic science in health care has been referred to as the “fastest-growing discipline of nursing for the 21st century” (Bell, 2000). The forensic-trained health care professional is pivotal to police investigations where there has been injury or trauma. The judicial system relies heavily on the medical-legal reports and testimony from health care professions when charges are brought to court.

 

Fall 2021 delivery mode: online

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Forensic Nurse Examiner Education

Registered Nurses interested in gaining employment in the role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) are required to take the following two 3-credit Forensic Nurse Examiner Education courses: FSCT 7810 and FSCT 7840.

The introduction course is delivered asynchronous online and the Forensic Nurse Examiner course is delivered online via live streaming. This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

FSCT 7810 – Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences

Forensic health care and the application of forensic medical expertise is emerging as a new specialty in both health care and in investigative professions where medical and legal issues overlap. This course provides an overview of the various components of forensic health sciences. Although the material focuses on the role of the forensic nurse, the content will be of benefit to all health care and allied health professionals, law enforcement and investigative personnel whose work intersects with aspects of the healthcare system or where forensic medical expertise can assist in the investigative process.

Through an introduction to forensic health sciences, the role of the health care or allied health professional will be explored by bridging medical and legal components. The course will present the evolution of forensic nursing and explore the various roles and responsibilities of the forensic nurse in a variety of healthcare and non-traditional settings. The course will also explore the gap between the medical and forensic medical information and law enforcement/investigative agencies and the criminal justice system in both criminal and non-criminal incidents requiring investigation. This course will provide the framework for bridging this gap and students will uncover the potential to apply forensic health science expertise in variety of settings and multidisciplinary environments.

Prerequisite: None. This is a 3-credit, 45 contact hour course consisting of 8 weekly modules.
Delivery Format: Distance / Online
Technical Requirements: Access to computer and internet

This course provides an introduction to forensic health sciences and the role of forensic nursing and is the prerequisite for the Forensic Nurses Examiner Course (FSCT 7840). This course is delivered 100% online, asynchronous. No attendance required.

For full description and to register, please visit the course web page.

FSCT 7840 – Forensic Nurse Examiner Core Education: Theoretical Aspects

This course provides the forensic knowledge and skills for forensic health assessments, evidence collection, chain-of-custody, medicolegal documentation and evaluation of victims of sexual violence (adult and adolescent). The course prepares registered nurses for the role of a forensic nurse examiner within forensic nursing programs. Instructors are industry experts from within healthcare, law enforcement, criminal justice and forensic sciences. Course content meets the standards of practice for sexual assault nurse examiners by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Prerequisite: 
FSCT 7810. This is a 3 credit, 45 contact hour course delivered over a 2-3 week period.
Delivery Format: Online, Live interactive video conferencing.
Technical Requirements: Access to computer, internet, and audio and video capabilities (webcam).

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. IAFN Approval: AU05042020.BCITA

For full description and to register, please visit the course web page.

IAFN Accreditation

BCIT Forensic Health Sciences has received accreditation from the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) for two courses as having met the training content of the IAFN Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Education Guidelines. This accreditation recognizes BCIT as Canada’s only IAFN-approved provider of SANE. Read the complete article


Frequently Asked Questions

Forensic nursing is a critical field that provides care to victims of abuse and violence, and BCIT has set an important benchmark for forensic health sciences in Canada. Tara Wilkie, BCIT Instructor for Forensic Health Sciences program, joined the Simi Sara Show on Global News to talk about what it means to be a Forensic Nurse.

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