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Overview

Delivery mode: Online

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Appropriate application of forensic principles has become an important component of overall patient care when the patient is a victim of trauma, sexual assault, violence or crime. The clinical management of such victims must include not only the obvious aspects of health care, but also elements of forensic significance such as the collection and protection of evidence, effective communication with law enforcement (and other agencies), and compliance with standards required in a forensic or legal investigation. The Forensic Health Sciences program is designed for health care workers involved in forensic examinations as well as for the law enforcement, legal and scientific professionals that must interact with them during a forensic investigation.

If you’re interested in forensic nurse examiner education or individual courses, please visit our courses and workshops page.

Learn more about the history of this growing field.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Although many of the people who pursue this credential are already working in the field of healthcare or law enforcement, this education enhances the ability for individuals to work in areas where medical and legal issues overlap. Skills obtained in this program will assist in areas where individuals have contact with child and elder abuse and neglect, interpersonal violence including sexual assault, intentional or non-intentional trauma, corrections and psychiatric institutions, death investigation, disaster response, risk management in healthcare, medical malpractice and other areas where healthcare and law intersect in addition to the application of forensic medical expertise in investigative agencies.

Individuals who should enroll in this program include: Registered nurses and other allied health professionals, social workers, physicians, paramedics, rescue and emergency management personnel, police and other investigative personnel, corrections officers, psychiatric nurses, legal nurse consultants, occupational safety officers, and risk management, quality and safety personnel.

Go further

After completing the Graduate Certificate, continue on to a Master of Science in Nursing – Forensic Nursing online through Aspen University. Two courses – FSCT 9810 and FSCT 9820 – are transferable for credit towards the Masters. These two foundational courses provide the Canadian medicolegal context for Forensic Health Sciences, allowing Canadian RNs to understand the Canadian context, but also obtain a Masters degree not currently available in Canada. The program is 100% online and fairly affordable.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Program coordinator

Colin Harris
MSN, BSc. (Crim), RN, AFN-BC, F-ABMDI

604-456-1198

Colin has a degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Nursing, with post-graduate education in Forensic Nursing and additional education in crime scene analysis, death investigation and other forensic topics.

Colin has integrated his nursing experience in the acute medical setting with previous experience in law enforcement and investigations and as a Coroner and Manager of the Child Death Review Unit for the Province of British Columbia. This combination allowed him to bring together expertise to both death investigations and to the area of “living forensics” investigations. Colin is a board-certified Advanced Forensic Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the only board-certified fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators in Canada. Colin’s most recent work as a Special Provincial Constable utilized forensic medical expertise in the investigation of workplace fatalities and serious injuries. This was the first-ever application of this expertise by an Investigations Officer in the occupational setting.

Colin is a published author for the Journal of Forensic Nursing and the BC Medical Journal and has presented numerous times on topics related to Forensic medical expertise at the International Conferences on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.

Colin has been a co-chair of the death investigation council, abstract reviewer, manuscript reviewer, and member of the conference planning committee for the International Association of Forensic Nurses and has been awarded:

2013 – Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission for Aspen University Graduate Nursing

2014 – Forensic Nursing Excellence – International Association of Forensic Nurses

Advisory committee

  • Aaron Oliynyk – Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Andy Mendell – Manager, Fatal & Serious Injury Investigations, WorkSafeBC
  • Anton Kishchenko – Lead Cloud Systems Engineer
  • Dana Adams – Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Jag Sumra – Director, Investigative Services, Canada Post
  • Jared Jung – Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Jess Ram – Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services
  • Kevin McQuiggin – Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Lisa Lapointe – Chief Coroner, BC Coroner’s Service
  • Lynn Gifford – Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Scott Kramer – Director of IT Security & Business Continuity, BCAA
  • Shelley Tiffin – Training Specialist, IIOBC
  • Tara Wilkie – Forensic Nurse Examiner, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb – President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators

Contact Us

Colin Harris, Program Coordinator
604.456.1198

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