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  • Certificate in Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare


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    Empowerment against workplace violence

    • Are you vulnerable or at risk at work?
    • Would you know what to do if a victim reported a crime to you?
    • Would you struggle to talk to a victim? An offender?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions we encourage you to learn more about our accredited online Certificate in Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare. The program is designed to empower at-risk professionals with the tools needed to assess, intervene, and prevent workplace assault and violence.

    The 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.

    The program is intended for post-baccalaureate practitioners, graduate students and healthcare educators across the continuum of specialties and agencies. These broad inclusion criteria are recommended given that all healthcare agencies/providers are at some level of risk potential for violence by patients, families, visitors, students or other employees.

    Program Features

    • Curriculum focused sexual assault nursing and examination, offender services agency, and forensic science
    • An expansive clinically-focused curriculum that empowers students’ ability to prepare and respond to violence
    • Use of the latest technology in virtual crime scenes and interviews with victims and offenders
    • Nationally renowned faculty

    For questions, please contact:

    Dr. Paul Thomas Clements
    Certificate Coordinator

    Amy Pelak Rothstein
    Student Services Manager


    NURS 519Forensic Science Foundations3.0
    NURS 528Victimology – Contemporary Trend3.0
    NURS 533Forensic Mental Health3.0
    Total Credits9.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA or higher in all previous coursework
      • While a specific undergraduate major is not required, you should have some healthcare, psychology, or social service experience. Examples include social workers, psychiatric facility workers, corrections officers, etc.

      Required Documents

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
        • Why you are choosing this particular track
        • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
        • Your plans upon completing the degree
      • Resume
      • Additional requirements for International Students

      How to Submit Supporting Documents


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $956 per credit.

      This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

      This program is not currently eligible for Federal Financial Aid, however, we offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


      Academic Calendar

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2014     

      September 22, 2014

      December 5, 2014

      December 8, 2014

      December 13, 2014

      Winter 2015 

      January 5, 2015

      March 16, 2015

      March 17, 2015

      March 21, 2015

      Spring 2015 

      March 30, 2015

      June 8, 2015

      June 9, 2015

      June 12, 2015

      Summer 2015 

      June 22, 2015

      August 29, 2015

      September 1, 2015

      September 5, 2015

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