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Advanced Forensic Nursing Certification Eligibility Criteria

Credential Awarded: AFN-BC

Eligibility Criteria

Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country. International Applicants: Learn about additional requirements for candidates outside the US.

Have practiced the equivalent of at least two years full time as a registered nurse

Hold a graduate degree (master's, postgraduate certificate, or doctoral degree) in nursing or forensic nursing.

Have a minimum of 2,000 practice hours in the specialty area of forensic nursing within the last 3 years

Have completed a minimum of 30 continuing education hours in the specialty area of forensic nursing within the last 3 years

Fulfill two additional professional development categories, to be selected from the following list:

  • Academic Credits
  • Presentations
  • Publication or Research
  • Preceptor
  • Professional Service

For additional information about the applications requirements, refer to Certification Through Portfolio Application Requirements [pdf]