Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.
Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.
This interdisciplinary certificate program examines contemporary trends and issues related to the wide range of interpersonal violence, crime and sudden violent death that may be encountered in a variety of healthcare settings. Theoretical tenets, methods for assessment and related implications for intervention and/or referral will be examined from a multifaceted perspective—including that of the offender, crime victim, families, and the healthcare community-at-large.
Given the current barometer of healthcare, these are inherently important factors for front-line clinicians, managers, administrators and healthcare educators to possess and promote within their specific specialty and could directly contribute toward comprehensive, ethical and equitable care as well as enhancing safe and effective environments.
This certificate is intended for healthcare providers, educators and graduate students in the healthcare sciences, as well as professionals who have direct contact with victims and/or offenders across continuum of specialties and agencies. In addition, this program is ideal for managers and administrators responsible for policy creation and evaluation in healthcare agencies.
What you'll learn
The curriculum for the Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare Certificate examines contemporary trends and issues related to the wide range of interpersonal violence, crime and sudden violent death that may be encountered in a variety of healthcare settings.
Students will focus on sexual assault nursing and examination, offender services agency, and forensic science.
Upon completion of the certificate, graduates are prepared to deal with situations involving both victims and offenders in a variety of settings. Students will be able to:
- Examine social attitudes and perceptions toward victimization and offending behavior;
- Assess victim trauma and identify appropriate interventions for victimized clients;
- Assess the motivational intent and behavior patterns of offenders who commit aggressive crimes;
- Analyze institutional approaches and subsequent response patterns to victims and offenders in various settings (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, primary care settings, academic, etc.);
- Assess ethical dimensions of healthcare issues relative to the role and scope of practice and healthcare providers;
- Identify the psychological, physical and legal aspects of victimization;
- Examine healthcare policy assessment, development and/or modification to enhance health promotion of offenders and victims across the lifespan.
What makes the Drexel program unique?
- A nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the field.
- Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
- Special tuition rates available for employees of health system partners.
- Innovative technology using a highly interactive e-learning method.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE.
* Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership may accept candidates from any accredited baccalaureate program.
GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed
Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in certificate program and particular specialty.
A copy of your current, unrestricted RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.
Specific work experience not required.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Tuition and Fee Rates:
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