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FN 580


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This is the final course in the forensic nursing practice continuing education curriculum. It presents a comprehensive study of primary issues related to forensic pathology. Students will study and learn principles of forensic pathology covering the most common issues they will encounter in forensic nursing practice. Theory is presented on DNA testing and analysis of body fluids and tissue. Applications are presented with accompanying photos of pathology to enhance the student's learning experience. Students will also study and review actual cases related to forensic pathology. Additional study will focus on principles for using forensic pathology and evidence in court room testimony. Course Code: FN 580. Contact hours of education = 50.

Pre-requisite: You must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in order to register for this continuing education course. You must have also successfully completed the following courses prior to enrolling in this CE course: FN 500, FN 520, FN 540 and FN 560.

This course is particularly designed for registered nurses would like to apply for Certification in Forensic Nursing Practice by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. Access information

Instructor/Course Author:  EM V. Garcia, DHEd, DNS, MA, RN, FACLNC

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the Forensic Nursing Practice program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


Guide to Forensic Pathology: by Jay Dix, MD& Robert Calaluce, MD. Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (July 15, 1998) ISBN #:ISBN-10: 0849302676; ISBN-13: 978-0849302671

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Forensic Nursing. Access AIHCP Store: click here

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dr. EM V. Garcia a registered nurse and currently practicing as a nurse executive in California. Dr. Garcia has had extensive training and education in forensic nursing and sexual assault examination from the University of California, Riverside. He is a Certified Specialist in Legal Nurse Consulting and a Fellow in the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting. Access information.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the basic concepts of forensic pathology as an introduction to forensic nursing practice.
    • Distinguish various practitioners in forensic science and differentiate their roles.
    • Examine a number of cases with forensic implications and employ forensic knowledge gained.
    • Develop basic understanding of forensic pathology and its significance to determining cause, manner, and mechanism of death; time of death, decomposition, and identification.
    • Describe the link of forensic pathology to:  sudden natural death; firearms; cutting and stabbing; drugs and alcohol; asphyxia and drowning; electrical and thermal and exposure to extreme temperatures; blunt trauma; and pediatric trauma.
    • Describe basic concepts on forensic DNA testing.
    • Associate forensic pathology to forensic photographed cases and selected case scenarios.
    • Demonstrate knowledge in testifying in a courtroom including self-preparation, review, cross examination, and depositions.
    • Point and distinguish forensic phenomenon through photographs.

    Course content

    Part I:  Introduction

    Experts in Death Investigation
    Investigation and Autopsy
    Death Scene Investigator Guidelines

    Part II:  Forensic Pathology

    Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death
    Time of Death, Decomposition, and Identification
    Sudden Natural Death
    Cutting and Stabbing
    Drugs and Alcohol
    Asphyxia and Drowning
    Electrical and Thermal and Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
    Blunt Trauma: General and Motor Vehicle-Pedestrian
    Blunt Head Trauma
    Pediatric Forensic Pathology

    Part III:  Forensic DNA Testing
    Introduction to Forensic DNA Testing
    DNA Testing Technical Considerations
    Statistical Basis for Interpretation

    Part IV: Forensic Questions and Answers

    Part V: Sample Forensic Cases

    Part VI: Testifying Tips in Courtroom